A R Rahman has given his consent for a documentary which will feature his personal as well as his musical life. The Oscar winning composer has done so for the first time ever. National award film maker Umesh Aggarwal will be directing this documentary titled, ‘Jai Ho’.
The documentary of the legendary music director traces his journey from early childhood and the times before his national hit Roja till date. The film also has interviews with old friends, teachers as well as Rahman’s close professional associates Danny Boyle, Mani Ratnam and Subhash Ghai. Umesh added, “We even went to his school and spoke to his then principal, who has now become the Dean of the institute. Rahman was the most popular kid at cultural events. In fact, at the age of seven, he performed for Doordarshan and played four keyboards simultaneously.”
But to utter disappointment of the fans, Director Umesh is still looking for a distributor for his film. As a matter of fact Discovery channel has shown interest in airing the film. Currently, the film maker is on a trip to the Film Bazaar at NFDC with an expectation of finding a global distributor.
Umesh expressed that the most challenging part was to get Rahman’s consent. After getting a positive response from Rahman, film maker Umesh Aggarwal travelled with the composer to his studio in Los Angeles and caught up with him on film making music for his project with Steven Spielberg. Along with the director, the film’s crew also went to Rahman’s music academy in Chennai, and studied his school and his other charities getting behind the scenes. Umesh said,”He does a lot of social work, but keeps it low-key. And as we all know, he works through the night, be it in Los Angeles, Mumbai or Chennai. With my film, people will understand not only the person, but also get a sense of his music that transcends all boundaries. Expect many surprises.”
Rahman is definitely a personality every fan wants to get to know about!