After bagging six National awards, two Oscars, two Grammys, appreciation from his fans across the globe and much more, AR Rahman says that with more creative ventures and constant exploration, he wants to keep complacency aside.
The musical journey of Slumdog Millionaire has completed 10 years. It was for this Hollywood film that Rahman won Oscars and Grammys. His song Jai ho was loved globally. Asked how he looks at the impact of modern Indian music internationally, Rahman said, “I think we need more milestones like Jai ho on the world map to make our presence felt through our music.
We need more musicals… “ Bombay Dreams attempted to do that but that is it, what happened after that? If milestones are not coming after every two or five years, it is tough to retain the momentum on global map…because a lot of good music is happening. Do you know what the problem is? Complacency…it stops you to push the boundary to explore more to enter the international market. Indian makers are happy with the success we have achieved… but in order to grow, I do not want complacency to curtail,” he added. The music director has finished shooting for his production 99 Songs .
Talking about it, he said, “We are waiting for the right release date to share the film with all of you…and I am really excited about it. When I talk about taking things to the higher level, I want the next generation to feel inspired. A song or a film can set a standard and people can take it from there…sometimes it could be the same person, sometimes it could be the others, but the constant drive should be to grow.” “In all my ventures that you people get to know, I am trying to plant the idea among youngsters that don’t be satisfied with what you have, keep the hunger to achieve excellence alive.”