He juggles accolades with panache. Thatâ€™s what separates AR Rahman from his contemporaries. After a grand concert strewn with Bollywood dance acts and acoustic charm at the Parramatta Grounds in Sydney, Australia, Rahman is now gearing up for a Grammy run. Actually, he isnâ€™t. â€œI may not even go for the Grammys,â€ said Rahman in an exclusive chat with HT City.
The reticent composer, who picked international honours in bulk for the anthem Jai Ho from the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, isnâ€™t excited about the Grammys, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles this Sunday. â€œI have a few work commitments, so (I am) not even thinking about the Grammy Awards,â€ he said.
However, Rahman is honoured to have Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg (maker of hit films such as E.T. Extra Terrestrial, Jaws and Jurassic Park) voicing his willingness to work with him. â€œThatâ€™s really sweet of him [Spielberg]. Iâ€™d love to work with him, too,â€ Rahman said.
The mega composer, whoâ€™s now armed with a swanky new-look website and also fairly active on the micro-blogging site Twitter, is currently working on Jaane Tuâ€¦Ya Jaane Na director Abbas Tyrewalaâ€™s 1-800-Love, filmmaker Shekhar Kapurâ€™s Passage and producer Ashok Amritrajâ€™s Street Dancing. For the soundtrack of Amritrajâ€™s film, Rahman is reportedly collaborating with English songwriter-music producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame.
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