AR Rahman on 99 Songs: I am looking at music from perspective of a filmmaker


Mozart of Madras and Oscar winner AR Rahman has was a story author and producer with the film, 99 Songs. Directed by debutant Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, the movie marks the function debut of Ehan Bhat as a hero. The musical drama additionally stars Edilsy, Tenzin Dalha, Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Rahul Ram, and Ranjit Barot.

Ahead of the movie’s launch, AR Rahman together with Ehan Bhat and Telugu lyricist Rakendu Mouli shared particulars concerning the movie. Here are the excerpts.

What impressed you to write down the story of 99 Songs?

AR Rahman: When I went for Bombay Dreams to London, its musical producer requested me, ‘Rahman, do you have any story?’ Then I mentioned, ‘I am just a composer, why should I write a story.’ Then I began pondering, tales, music and life all are linked. We see tales in music, individuals and experiences. After the Oscars, I turned a member of the academy, and I attended many workshops associated to cinema. My introduction to filmmakers like JJ Abrams and others, my journey with them, the entire course of modified my thought course of about cinema. Now I am looking at music from the views of filmmakers and storytellers. Artistically, I am now going a lot deeper into issues.

How has been your journey as a music composer to a story author to a producer now?

AR Rahman: Being a producer could be very a lot a gamble (laughs). Even after being cautious, filmmaking experiences will scare you. In our case, we tried our greatest, and eventually, we obtained a minimize that we’re feeling completely satisfied about. I hope individuals additionally prefer it. All three variations of the movie have been refined over the previous one-and-a-half years to simply make them excellent.

How was your working expertise with AR Rahman?

Ehan Bhat: I grew up listening to Rahman’s music and I am a large fan of his. When I obtained a name for the audition, I may barely maintain my pleasure. After a little hole, I obtained a name saying that I obtained chosen because the lead. I was so emotional because it was a dream come true. My relationship with Rahman goes past the producer-actor relationship. He cares about me, he guides me.

It was Rahman’s concept to ship me to KM Music Conservatory, which is in Chennai, to study piano. I discovered piano for one 12 months. Because he wished the authenticity of the character to be there. He handled me like his brother.

Why the title 99 Songs?

AR Rahman: You will come to know concerning the cause behind the title when you watch the movie.

Is 99 Songs a fictional story, or did it take any inspiration from true occasions?

AR Rahman: The movie is impressed by the real-life tales and experiences of different musicians. I suppose the credibility for music and music as a occupation remains to be not there. We have entertainingly touched upon a number of layers.

I have nice admiration for director Okay Vishwanath for his screenplay work with music. I suppose there ought to be music tales popping out explaining the social standing of musicians, and the whole wrestle that goes behind the scenes.

How was it like having so many singers for a musical movie like 99 Songs?

AR Rahman: Casting singers is like casting actors for a film. For occasion, we did 25 variations of the Sai Baba tune within the film. We undergo a very tedious course of for music.

99 Songs is slated for a launch in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi on April 16.


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