Known for his powerful music and introvert nature, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says that as an artist, he prefers to create an alternate reality as opposed to expressing an opinion on the troubled socio-political scenario worldwide.
Rahman mostly refrains from commenting on any current affairs. But when asked if the socio-political situations affect him, Rahman said, "I think this is a golden time for the artiste to express and unify people. The artist inside you should wake up now, this is our time. There should be a revolution now. I feel more inspired in terms of the adversity that is happening; because an artist is the one who does not reflect the reality he creates an alternate reality.
So when people are going for a war, the artist makes an alternate reality of peace. So, my work of art should be more beautiful when the world around me is ugly with brutality."
Citing the reference of some of the historical music pieces, the “Dil Se” and “Slumdog Millionaire” fame composer said, "I think the best piece of art comes to an artist when the society is chaotic, troubled, and noisy. It is a blessing and a curse, and that is when the greatest symphony has been written.”
He adds, "When Germany went to war against Britain, the greatest Beethoven stuff has happened. There is a history behind the music."
While his involvement in mainstream Bollywood is shifting to only selective projects, Rahman is utilising his creative energy to expand his horizon beyond being a musician.
"I am learning about storytelling, script writing, and film production because of my production house. I do not want to be naive about things as a producer. If I am asking a film director to change something in his piece of work, I should pinpoint the right thing that is possible to change. So that in the difference of thought, we can find a creative solution."
Two films “99 Songs” and “Le Musk” (India's first virtual reality film) are there in the pipeline from his production house.
Apart from making a mark for Indian music on the global map, Rahman also contributes to philanthropic work, which he considers an extension of the "evolution of humanity."
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