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I Don't Want My Music To Be Bigger Than A Movie: AR Rahman

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His tunes and tracks have popularized him across the world, but Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman says he doesn't want his compositions to be bigger than a film itself.

"I don't want my music to be bigger than the movies unless music is part of the narrative," Rahman said while addressing a session at Film Bazaar in Goa.

I Don't Want My Music To Be Bigger Than The Movie: AR Rahman


With two Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards under his kitty, Rahman, also known by the sobriquet 'Mozart of Madras', has earned a respectable name in the music world.

He said that he's always eager to work with new film-makers as together they can find a "new zone". However, the musician is apprehensive to take up small movies. "I feel I may pull down the film not because of the film-maker, but by raising expectations".

Rahman got his first international break when Andrew Lloyd Webber invited him to compose music for the Broadway musical 'Bombay Dreams', which won him immense fame.

Talking about his experience of working in India and the West, he said: "In India I like narration of the movie rather than reading the script. But in Hollywood, I sometimes read. There, scripts are ready sometimes with sample music".

But Rahman admits he struggles with one thing - technology. "There is a constant struggle with new technology. I need muscle memory to hit the right keys," he said before signing off.

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