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AR Rahman set to debut as writer-producer with ’99 Songs’

Mumbai: Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman forays into script writing and movie manufacturing with the upcoming musical-romance drama “99 Songs”. The expertise, the Oscar-winning singer-composer says, was fairly a problem.

“When you are composing the music of a film, you have a director who is very experienced, you have a lyrics writer and there is the producer, too. So, we usually sit, and then jam and exchange ideas. But in this film, I am the writer. So, the writer does something which the producer doesn’t like — who incidentally is also me (laughs). Then, if I come out it, he (points at the film’s director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy) doesn’t like it. So, we did three to four versions of each song with different tunes and arrangements. Till three months back, a lot of things were changing and now it is in front of you. It was an exhausting but beautiful experience,” mentioned Rahman, whereas interacting with the media on the music launch of the movie.

He was accompanied by co-writer and director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy and movie’s lead actor Ehan Bhatt.

In addition to profitable two Oscars for “Slumdog Millionaire” (Greatest Unique Tune and Greatest Unique Rating), Rahman has additionally received six Nationwide Movie Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award, apart from quite a few widespread awards in Bollywood and down South. In 2010, the federal government of Indi awarded him Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award.

Does his stature as a world determine in modern music make it simple for his movie to discover a worldwide launch? “That’s the hope. Jio (Studios) is involved with our film and they have the plans. Whatever we will do, we will follow their plans. We are just like students waiting for them to say the magical words. They have been great so far and I hope they push it up and take your (media) suggestion seriously,” he mentioned.

Backed by Rahman’s manufacturing firm YM Films, “99 Songs” is offered by Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Studios. Set to launch in the summertime, the movie will play in three languages, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

’99 Songs’ is directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, former frontman of the hardcore band Scribe, who has beforehand helmed the MTV exhibits “The Dewarists” and “Bring On The Night”.

In addition to co-writing and producing the movie, Rahman has additionally composed the unique rating and 15 songs for the movie, starring newcomers Ehan Bhat and Edilsey Vargas. The movie additionally options Rahul Ram of the rock band Indian Ocean, composer Ranjit Barot, with actors Manisha Koirala and Lisa Ray.

(IANS)

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