Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman is all set to turn film producer this year! The musician said in a recent interview that he always took keen interest in the filmmaking process, but has no plans to take up direction like composer-turned-director Vishal Bhardwaj.
Talking about his new role as a producer Rahman said, “Our first production is almost ready to roll. It’s in Hindi. I’d be there to oversee it. We’ve put together a wonderful team to take care of the film production…I know it sounds like a big responsibility, and it is! I think Vishal Bhardwaj made that successful transition from music to filmmaking before me. But let me tell you, I’ve no plans of directing films like Vishal. That would require my full attention, which I am in no position to give right now.”
Rahman further said that he sees film production as a natural progression in his life. “Music is most of the time a part of the visual medium. I’ve been taking a keen interest in the music videos for my songs. Other than that I’ve always been a curious student of cinema…Whether it was Mani Ratnam or Danny Boyle whom I worked with in my musical capacity, I was always asking them questions about filmmaking. It was just a matter of time before I got seriously involved in the process of making films,” he added.
Currently Rahman is in Chennai for Ramzan to celebrate the holy month of fasting. “It makes sense to come back home for the holy month of Ramzan for many reasons. Firstly, it’s a time when one needs to be close to one’s roots, home and family,” said Rahman. He further added saying, “Secondly, looked at from a practical point of view, the days are far too long in the US. By the time it’s sunset, it’s a good 9-10 hours of fasting, and that’s tough. Being home is the best place to be during the holy fasting.”
Ramzan is Rahman’s longest visit home in a year. Besides spending time with his family, the musician is also here to take a quick look at his music school in Chennai.