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The music composer A R Rahman won two awards at the 52nd Grammy Awards, he has also won two awards before for his Oscar winning movieÂ Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman won the first Grammy Award before the show, at theÂ StaplesÂ Center.Â He got the best compilation soundtrack for the category of motion picture. Jai Ho won the best motion picture song later.
Rahman said, “This is insane, god is great again”. The people nominated along with Rahman in the soundtrack category were Steve Jordan for Cadillac Records, Quentin Tarantino for Inglorious Bastard, and the producers of True Blood and Twilight. In the category of best song, Rahman has beaten people like Bruce Springsteen for his song The Wrestler for his Oscar nominated movie The Wrestler.
In a candid interview, musical maestro AR Rahman revealed that the late king of pop michael jackson wanted to work him, which unfortunately didn’t happen due to death of the pop star. Talking about MJ, Rahman said, “Heâ€™s amazing, and undoubtedly the last King of Pop. MJ called me just a couple of months before his demise, expressing an interest in working with me, but unfortunately that was not to be.”
Rahman got a new identity on international level when he received Oscar award for song ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire. The award completely changed his perception in the West. On that note Rahman said, “We still have a long way to go. But this award is like an indicator â€” it helps me take the next big step. And if I do it right, only then will modern Indian music become a force to reckon with. So many young people in India are doing good music but most of them are trying to be someone else. You need to move into your own zone of originality. SM got the award on that strength â€” it had its own stamp. And Danny (Boyle) helped a great deal in achieving that quality.”
The maestro later said that the award changed his life. “What was unattainable in the West has now become possible for me. I can walk into any studio in the US with no questions asked â€” be it Sony or Universal â€” now people there know me.”
So does he now aiming for the Grammy award? “Yes. In fact SM might get it if it isnâ€™t too late!” added Rahman.
After Oscars, Rahman got many offers from Hollywood. Even there is buzz that he is shifting to Los Angeles. So is India going to lose him for Hollywood? “I will have to balance my assignments in India and abroad. With video conferencing thatâ€™s not going to be too difficult. In fact the soundtrack for my recent film was mixed in LA and the files came through the internet. But yes, I am cutting down on my Indian assignments,” says Rahman.
Ace musician AR Rahman’s six-and-half-year-old son, Alim sang a full song for a Hollywood flick Couples Retreat.
It was a proud and unbelievable moment for the music maestro to realise that his kid has made way to the music world. AR Rahman himself has composed music for the song. Alim wants to become a playback singer. So wasting no time he delivered his first song just at the age of six-and-half.
One source revealed, “AR Rahman’s family and people in his office have still not got over the fact that Rahman’s little son has sung the song. They are very excited and happy and can’t stop talking about it. His mom and dad are very proud of him.”
The young singer sang full song for the Hollywood film, Couples Retreat, which is a comedy film starring Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell. The film is being directed by Peter Billingsley. However the song has the light theme and the film is slated to release at the end of 2009.
The ace Indian Music composer AR Rahman will join hands with the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi for the music of film which is an Indo-Japanese venture. The film stars Indian actors like Kamal Haasan and Asin as well as Japanese actor Tadanobo Asano. The film shows that martial arts are originated from India and not from Japan, as the myth around the world is.
One source revealed, “Rahman, Bharat Bala (director) and some people from Disney (producer of the film) met Joe Hisaishi in Tokyo on April 6 to discuss the film.”
“Kamal was very keen to work with a Japanese actor after he met Jackie Chan during the music release of Dasavtaram. This is a $50 million project by Bharat Bala who will also be directing the film. Research work on the martial art form is currently on,” added the source.
Rahman and Bharat Bala are currently in Tokyo.
The Oscar Awards for a Slumdog Millionaire team goes like this:
Best Film - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director - Danny Boyle
Best Original Score - A R Rahman
Best Original Song - A R Rahman & Gulzar
Best Adapted Screenplay - Simon Beaufoy
Best Sound Mixing - Resul Pookutty, Ian Trap & Richard Pryke
Best Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Editing - Chris Dickens
The team of Slumdog Millionaire steals the limelight at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on the event of 81st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The kids walk down the red carpet and were the attraction of the award ceremony. Rahman who won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song went on the stage and sung the famous Jai Ho song from Slumdog…. along with western dancers, while gora men in traditional dhotis played the drums. Resul Pookutty won a award for Best Sound Mixing along with Ian Trap and Richard Pryke for the film. It was a honorable moment for all the Indians and the kids were hugely applauded for their stunning performance in the film. The whole cast and crew of the film was present for the ceremony.
The ace musician A R Rahman once more made us proud as he won the Best Original Score Golden Globes award for film Slumdog Millionaire. Slumdog Millionaire which is India-based story of an underdog has won many awards at Globes like Best Film, Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), and Best Original Score (A R Rahman). It has also won the Best Motion Picture award.
The song composed by Rahman ‘Jai Ho’ was given lyrics by lyricist Gulzar.