He started off by saying, “Namaste chennagidira?(Hello, are you all fine?) I have travelled many countries and found out that Kannadigas are everywhere. I have been entertaining my fans by singing in Tamil and Hindi till date. From now on, I will start crooning Kannada songs. I owe a lot to them for all their love and it is the right time to give them back.”
Recalling his association with Kannada films, AR Rahman explained, “I had worked with legendary musicians like Vijaya Bhaskar, GK Venkatesh, Vijay Anand and Hamsalekha in Sangeetha and Chamundeswari studios before turning independent music director. I always wanted to compose music in Sandalwood and through Godfather it has come true.” AR Rahman was felicitated with Mysore peta (dignified silk turban), a sandalwood garland and memento. Upendra, K Manju, Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Jayamala, Hamsalekha, Ramesh, K Kalyan, Kaviraj and others were present at the event.
AR Rahman, who has charged Rs 1 crore to compose the music, has scored seven track out of which only two songs are original.