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05-18-2009, 12:08 PM #1
Rehman says yes to Hollywood
A R Rahman has finally said yes to Hollywood!
A R Rehman
The music maestro, who’s been wooed by the West ever since Jai Ho had the world on its feet, has signed a Hollywood romantic comedy called Couples Retreat that’s being directed by Peter Billingsley and which features Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn and Jason Bateman.
Rahman, who is known to fob off lucrative temptation if his heart and art are not in it, has done British productions in the past. These include the stage versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams in 2002 which took Bollywood music to the West, and The Lord Of The Rings.
He also did films like Shekhar Kapoor’s Elizabeth and its sequel followed by Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.
Couples Retreat requires Rahman to do his first full-fledged western score. “It doesn’t have any Oriental or Indian touches. So, sorry, no Jai Ho this time for global listeners who are looking for a similar musical experience from me. Everywhere I go I am greeted by those two words. Thanks to Gulzar saab for creating such a globally popular catch phrase. But now I do want to move on.
This will completely be an ‘American’ score... done in my way, of course.”
What’s different about this film from all the others Hollywood offered to him, Rahman said, was the subject. “I wanted to do something fluffy and light-toned. I wanted it to be contemporary. Even Elizabeth took me back to the 15th century,” said the composer for whom Indian cinema has repeatedly thrown somber and complex musical challenges including perplexing period dramas like Lagaan
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05-19-2009, 11:41 AM #2
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