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‘I don’t want to compromise with my music’

A.R. Rahman explains why he’s not taking up more commercial movies

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Published: Mon 16 Apr 2012, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:53 PM

MUSIC MAESTRO A.R. Rahman says he is not taking up many movie projects because he does not want to compromise with the quality of his music.

The double Oscar-winner feels that music today is more about seeing and less of listening. Rahman also said that though he is being offered good money he is not too keen on taking up commercial films.

“Many things are driving music... We are doing music for young people to come into theatres, that music is serving a different purpose, you see the music... Hearing music has to be at a slow pace, poetic and if you have that then you fear people will walk out of the theatre, album’s will not sell,” Rahman said.

“I think it’s a question of reinventing screen-place for music. That’s the reason I am not doing many movies. I get a lot of money for commercial movies but then there is a question from people (as to) ‘What are you doing?’. I don’t want to compromise with my music,” said Rahman.

“Music is a nice hiding place for me from reality, it helps me escape and be myself. I think what the listener wants is also the same thing. They (people) want to go to another zone and if I don’t do it the music won’t,” Rahman said.

When asked what inspires him, Rahman said, “Nature inspires me to make good music. The goods thing in life, personalities inspire me. Then you realise how many people want something different and want pure things - my music is for them.”

Rahman’s next Hollywood project is Steven Spielberg’s Welcome To People which will release on June 29.

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