AR Rahman is all set to turn film producer. He alludes to the aspiration in his authorised biography, AR Rahman: Spirit Of Music, but admits that nothing’s definite yet, to reveal about his banner YM Movies.
“The idea is to go forward in music. For that you need to have your own vision. We have been toying with a lot of ideas,” he says. Will he be making films in English for a global audience given that Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) got him two Oscars and two nominations? “Right now I will make films only in Hindi and Tamil. These languages are closest to me, and yes, Telugu too,” says the maestro, whose film will be a musical.
Many writers have wanted to chronicle his life, among them are Khalid Mohammad and Kamini Mathai who wrote AR Rahman: The Musical Storm. “But Nasreen Munni Kabir, who wrote this book, was the first. She came to me about 10 years ago and my reaction was, ‘What?’. She’s been observing me as I evolved, with Lord of the Rings (2001) and Bombay Dreams (2002). About four years ago, we started working on the book,” he says.
He feels certain aspects of his life can help others, like not letting suicidal thoughts push you towards an untimely death. “There are times when you hit a wall, but not every door closes on you,” he philosophises. “There aren’t many secrets in my life.” He doesn’t think the book could be turned into a film, because “it’s not that exciting a journey”.
For now, he is busy with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar for which he was in Kashmir recording folk songs with local artistes. “The Valley may no longer be paradise on earth, but it is still beautiful, the people are innocent and pure and the food is great,” he smiles.
He’s also working on Rajnikanth’s Rana, for which, he says, “we’ll be using a lot of stuff we composed for Sultan — The Warrior”. Talks of an Enthiran/Robot sequel are shrugged off. And on the subject of Shekhar Kapur’s Paani, Rahman says, “It’s a massive project, but I’m sure his passion will soon be a reality.”