Mani Ratnam unveils book on AR Rahman

By April 7, 2011 No Comments


The book elicits the heart-to-heart conversations between the author and composer about his life.

The book launch, in Juhu yesterday, had Ram Gopal Varma, Ashutosh Gowariker, Imtiaz Ali, Anthony D’Souza, Subhash Ghai and Shivamani in attendance. Singers Javed Ali and Madhushree were also present.


Nilesh Wairkar
(l-r) Nasreen Munni Kabir, A R Rahman, Mani Ratnam at the book launch

While the launch was a bit delayed as Rahman’s mother and sister were caught up in traffic, the wait was certainly worth it for the publishers, who were uncertain if the composer would have much to say.

Rahman however, surprised all by confessing about the trials and tribulations of his life. He narrated a small example to the audience, saying “One such moment was right after I had bought my studio. It was like a shell with an air-conditioner.

I had no money to buy any equipment. When my mother asked me what I needed, I told her I required Rs 4 lakh for all the equipment. So she sold some of my sister’s jewellery.”

Rahman went on to speak about all the people responsible for making him the person and composer he is today, like Ram Gopal Varma and Subhash Ghai.