By: Settu Shankar
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Nowadays getting the dates of top stars is one of the main concerns of the director and producer of a film. Once he has bought the actors dates for whatever price it may be, he proceeds with the rest of the film. But actor director SJ Suryah is the first to give such importance to the music director first. One might think him to be crazy but all their criticism will stop once they hear that the music director in question is none other than AR Rahman.
The price that the director paid is surely an industry first. After getting 1.75 crores for composing the music of Shivaji- The Boss, AR Rahman is set to become to get the highest paid to compose music for a film. Suryah has offered him Rs. 2 crores for his new Telugu film Puli which has Pawan Kalyan in the lead role. An upcoming leading hero like Dhanush or Vijay get paid that much for a lead role in the film.
When asked, the director said, "Any body who knows the worth of AR Rahman's music will be prepared to pay him even more. His mantra for a film musical score has grappled the new generation of cinegoers. His music is priceless. It is not ethical for film artiste to reveal their salary but I am happy that I am offering the maestro his highest pay yet."
It is rumoured that the producer of Puli is willing to go upto Rs. 35 crore as far the films total budget is concerned.