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It’s not my India, I want my India to be progressive and kind: AR Rahman on Gauri Lankesh’s murder

Reacting to the recent murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, AR Rahman says if such incidents keep happening, it is not his India.

bollywood Updated: Sep 08, 2017 15:09 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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AR Rahman during the premiere of One Heart - A Concert Film in Mumbai .(Prodip Guha)

Speaking about the recent murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, music maestro AR Rahman has said if incidents like this keep happening, it’s not “his India”.

Rahman, who was speaking at the premiere of One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film on Thursday in Mumbai. Asked to comment on Lankesh’s killing in Bengaluru, Rahman said, “I am so, so sad about that. I hope these things don’t happen in India. If these things happen in India, then it is not my India. I want my India to be progressive and kind.”

One Heart is based on Rahman’s his concert tour across 14 North American cities. It also includes video interviews of Rahman and his band members and rehearsal sessions, giving a sneak peek into the lesser known world of Rahman as a person.

“One Heart is probably the first concert movie in India. We wanted to give an alternate kind of movie to the audience because people have seen action, romance comedy and everything but a musical movie which have great quality and sound is something to look out for,” he said about the film.

Singer Roop Kumar Rathod along with his wife Sunali Rathod and daughter Reewa Rathod during the premiere of A.R. Rahman One Heart - A Concert Film. (Prodip Guha)

“All the numbers have been tested and people are liking all the numbers a lot. One Heart as a film supports One Heart Foundation and profits from this film will go to foundation for elder musicians and educational cause,” he added.

Is there any possibility of a biopic being made on him? “I am still young. May be somebody will make it after I am gone,” said Rahman.

His long-time associate Ranjit Barot, a music arranger for most of Rahman’s concerts, said: “I can guarantee that people haven’t seen a film like this. I am not saying this because I am featuring in it or AR is responsible for it. No matter how much you are prepared for it, you are going to be surprised with this film.”

The film will released on Friday in Hindi, English and Tamil.

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First Published: Sep 08, 2017 15:09 IST