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News |  14 Oct 2015 20:14 |  By RnMTeam

AR Rahman: More films like 'Slumdog Millionaire' should come from India

MUMBAI: Indian music composer and singer, AR Rahman, is hugely responsible for putting Indian music on the global map. Rahman, who picked up a couple of Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a two Academy Awards for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, feels that the perception of the west towards Indian music will change only when Indian films are successful, worldwide.

“More movies like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ need to come from India and should become successful worldwide. If the world gets more successful films from India, a lot of people will start noticing you. It is also about how you place your culture and make it more accessible for the people,” said the singer. However, he foresees that happening soon, as a lot of people are breaking away from the clutter and are becoming more open to experimenting.

Currently, Rahman is doing more than just making music for Indian and international projects; he is also focusing on the production of his own film. “I am doing many things that I have never done in the past. Right from taking care of the cast to scoring, composing and writing, I am unfolding every new aspect of my life and there has been a shift in my thinking as I am suddenly involved in a film making process,” he commented.

Very recently, the channel- Discovery made a documentary ‘Jai Ho’ on the musical genius, which features people like Gulzar, Subhash Ghai and Danny Boyle, talking about his work. According to Rahman, ‘Jai Ho’ will inspire people across the world, and even those living outside India will find out a little more about people in the country. He claims that the best part of the documentary is that it has humour and does not intend on creating a buzz.

Rahman also hinted that he might come up with a book along with Nasreen Munni Kabir, who previously wrote the book, ‘A. R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music’. This time, however, the book will be based on the production of his film and a little less about him.

Recently the ‘Khabali’ singer met Brazilian football legend, Pele, in Kolkata and for him it was like a dream come true. “It was so overwhelming to met Pele as he is one of the greatest sporting icons in the world, and I am also composing music for his film,” he chuckled. Rahman promised that the film score will be edgy with a Brazilian touch.

Rahman is also very excited about his first ever performance at the upcoming NH7 Weekender at the Delhi, Bangalore and Pune editions.