The Academy Award winning Music Composer AR Rahman is known for launching new talent in his movies. In his latest movie ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ the director has launched a never before heard name Leon D'Souza.
The idea behind launching young talent is that he thinks young musicians have a universal appeal.
“I believe that young voices today are very universal and appeal to all age groups,” he said to a daily.
“Launching Leon D'Souza was not an instant decision. I heard a couple of other young people, but I foundLeon's voice very unique and fresh with a universal appeal to it. So I thought why not give him a chance. Also I felt his voice matches perfectly with Prateik's voice,” he added.
The movie ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ is a remake of Tamil film ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’. The movie is directed by Gautam Menon, who has also directed the Tamil version. The story revolves round and aspiring filmmaker who falls in love with a girl from Orthodox Christian family.
To suit this romantic saga, AR Rahman has churned out romantic tunes for the movie.
“This movie is nothing but romance and humor, with a very soothing kind of narration. People will love it. Music is the expression of love and with this movie, I am trying to bring that romance back,” he said.
“The subject of 'Ek Deewana Tha' is very special as it brings together love between two communities. Keeping this in mind, we wanted to play little more with music in the Hindi remake. So I composed this song 'Mohabbat’,” he added.
AR Rahman said that it’s his passion towards music that inspires him to create more and more tunes.
“Music is something which attracted me when I was growing up and this turned into my passion. I always want my music to speak for me and this is the reason why I always think of bringing freshness and mass appeal through my music. I still feel proud when people outsideIndiasay 'Oh! Is he the same guy who sung 'Jai Ho' in 'Slumdog Millionaire'?'" he said.
AR Rahman latest compositions for the movie ‘Rockstar’ became a huge success even though the compositions weren’t orthodox.
“I never expected that the songs of 'Rockstar' would become such a rage, especially among youngsters. I think Mohit Chauhan did a tremendous job,” he said.
AR Rahman currently working on the music for the come back movie of Yash Chopra starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.
“It's a great honor to work with Yash Chopra,” he concluded.