Music composer A.R Rahman ventures into script-writing

New York: Bollywood music composer A R Rahman has ventured into script-writing as well as film production on his own way.

The two-time Academy award winner music composer is now donning a different hat and is working on his own screenplay after he felt challenged to try a genre different than music.

He said the idea of film producing and script-writing came to him as he wanted to challenge himself by moving beyond the realm of music and trying something new.

Rahman, who has composed music for over 100 Hindi and Tamil films as well as for Hollywood projects, said there is a sort of repetition in the way songs are composed for Indian movies. He said every movie ends up having a few melodious numbers and an item song.

Rahman (48) best known in the US for his Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning score for Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, however ruled out donning the director’s hat, saying since he is an “introvert” he does not see himself as a director.

‘Jai Ho’ is a 60-minute film directed by National Award winning producer and director Umesh Aggarwal on February 25.

The title of the documentary is derived from the hugely popular eponymous song composed by Rahman for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. It has become a cult anthem and is performed by singers from across the world.

“We are honored to be hosting A R Rahman, an icon of Indian music, and the world premiere of Jai Ho,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “While ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ brought him to the attention of many.

Jai Ho, produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India, explores the evolution of Rahman’s style of music fusion of Eastern sensibilities and Western technology.

Spanning across Los Angeles, London, Chennai and Bombay,the film reveals an unseen narrative of the Indian icon who is “no less than a global phenomenon.”

Rahman also talks about his struggles after his father passed away when he was very young, his decision to convert to Islam and how his music aims convey the universal language of compassion and love.