CHENNAI/MUMBAI: Shuttling across the world, immersed in as many international projects as Indian ones, composer A R Rahman has announced that he was breaking new ground in an industry that he has all but owned for the last two decades — script-writing.
“I am working on a script and I will be co-producing it,” he said during the Hindi audio launch of Shankar’s Ai in Mumbai. “It’s a work in progress,” he added.
Though the reticent Oscar-winning composer didn’t want to say anymore, it is evident that the project is likely to be a multi-lingual film which will release in English as well. A source close to Rahman, who works in his uber-swanky K M College of Music said, “AR is very secretive about his work. He is constantly looking for creative outlets. First, it was this college, then it was international projects and collaborations. Now, perhaps it is this.”
The source also suggested that Rahman’s close association with ad filmmaker Bharatbala (who shot Vande Mataram and more recently Maryan) may have helped with this new direction in the industry. “Bharat has always pushed him to try new things and they spend a lot of time together in the US. Maybe that’s where it’s coming from,” he added.
After handling the background score and composing duties for 12 films this year, Rahman took a well-deserved break to refocus. “Composing music for Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred Foot Journey in the US and then shuttling to London and India for Kochadaiiyaan, Kaaviyathalaivan and Lingaa has taken a toll on him and his team. That’s why he works across Skype a lot,” said a singer.
Though unlikely, the decision may have been prompted by the fact that music lovers have been more vocal in their criticism of his scores in Kochadaiiyaan and Lingaa, prompting him to try something new before he begins work on projects he has committed to until 2016.