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rising star - part 2
Here is the second part of the interview with A.R.R. from 'The Hindu' and a song from his second movie "Pudhiya Mugam". A Passion for Quality Music S.R. Ashok Kummar
Despite your success, you do not seem to be working in a lot of films.
Rather than making money, I believe in making people happy; all other things are secondary. That is why I am not interested in a lot of movies but only in one at a time. I like directors whom I can vibe with. Ten years of experience in this field has made me quite frustrated. I have evolved a technique which requires a lot of time. Other music directors record a song in seven or eight hours. But I am different. We do a basic sitting and we record it. We record the voice and I add instrument by instrument to improve the quality.
Will not the producers say that you are delaying their projects?
My process involves a lot of time. The delay is not intentional. That is how I get my results. When people say that in "Gentleman" and "Thiruda Thiruda" the music is good and not like the usual beats, I feel happy. Abroad, in some places, they take three months to make an album. Pudhiya Mugam. His second release was "Pudhiya Mugam", and most of the songs seem to resemble his earlier songs in "Roja".
Film: Pudhiya Mugam (Tamil)
Actors: Revathi and Suresh Menon
Nerruu Illaatha maarum (2 versions) - Kannukku mai azhagu (2 versions) - July maatham - sambho sambho -
Song: nerru illaatha maaRum (Sujatha) Nerru illaatha maaRum ennadhu? kaaRRu en kaadhil yEdhO sonnadhu idhudhaan kaadhal enbadhaa iLamai pongi vittadhaa? idhayam sindhi vittadhaa? sol manamE nERRu illaatha maaRum ennadhu? kaaRRu en kaadhil yEdhO sonnadhu idhudhaan kaadhal enbadhaa iLamai pongi vittadhaa? idhayam sindhi vittadhaa? sol manamE kadavuL illai enREn , thaayai kaaNum varai kanavu illai enREn , aasai thOnRum varai kaadhal poi enRu sOnnEn unnai kaaNum varai kavidhai variyin suvai, artham puriyum varai gangai neerin suvai, kadalil sErum varai kaadhal suvai onRu thaanE kaaRRu veesum varai nERRu illaatha maaRum ennadhu? kaaRRu en kaadhil yEdhO sonnadhu idhudhaan kaadhal enbadhaa iLamai pongi vittadhaa? idhayam sindhi vittadhaa? sol manamE hey hey.. hey hey.. hey hey..hey hey.. vaanam illaamalE bhoomi undaagalaam varthai illamalE baashai undaagalaam kaadhal illaamal pOnaal vazhkai undaaguma? vaasam illamalE vaNNa poo pook kalaam vaasal illamalE kaRRu vandhaadalaam nEsam illaadha vaazhvil paasam undaaguma? nERRu illaatha maaRum ennadhu? kaaRRu en kaadhil yEdhO sonnadhu idhudhaan kaadhal enbadhaa iLamai pongi vittadhaa? idhayam sindhi vittadhaa? sol manamE nERRu illaatha maaRum ennadhu? kaaRRu en kaadhil yEdhO sonnadhu idhudhaan kaadhal enbadhaa iLamai pongi vittadhaa? idhayam sindhi vittadhaa? sol manamE}
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rising star - part 3
Here is part 3 of the interview with ARR from 'The Hindu', followed by a review and a song from his third film "Gentleman". A Passion for Quality Music by S.R. Ashok Kummar (for 'The Hindu')
Do you use computer in your films?
No. Not computers. The technique involved is different. In fact, they say the music in "Roja" was computerised. As I said earlier the recording takes time. You can hear the same flute here in a
different way. It is not computerised music. Nearly 40 persons sang 'Veerapandi Kottayile' (a song from "Thiruda Thiruda") that does not sound like computer music. 'Vellai Mazhai' (from "Roja") is sync oriented. I do not restrict the musicians, but ask them to play whatever they feel. Then I record what I want. I spend a lot of time on lyrics too. It takes around four days. We write something in the first instance and then improve. So it takes about a week to complete a song.
Then you will be working only in perhaps half a dozen films a year?
What will I do if I work for more films and only a few click? I do not want my energy to be wasted. I want every film to be a musical hit. In fact, "Thiruda Thiruda" songs have created a record for any Tamil film - 25,000 discs were sold in Malaysia. They are going to give us platinum discs.
His third film "Gentleman" has been his best offering yet. It had some great mixture of songs, very different from his earlier two films.
Actors: Arjun and Madhubala
The songs from this film were:
ottagaththai kattikkO - duet between SPB and S.Janaki. Great beats and nice use of chorus. veettu thOttathil - The best song of the whole lot, inspired from a classical composition. Neatly done by SPB and Sujatha. chikku bukku rayilu - Real crazy lyrics, leaning on the 'rap'pish side. But still an enjoyable song.The picturization of this song is good too. paarkkaathE paarkkaathE - Reminds you of a song 'kilele kilele' from the group "Osibisa" which toured India in early 80s. usilambhatti peNkutti - Tries a folk tune, but is not quite a pure folk number. The lyrics spoil the song.. Song: en veetu thottaththil ( SPB and Sujatha) Sujatha:hmmmm mmmm aaa AAa....aaa en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. SPB: vai paattu paadum peNNe maunangaL koodadhu vai poottuch chattam ellaam peNNukku aagaathu Sujatha: vaNdellaam saththam pOttaal poonjOlai thaangaathu mOtutkkaL saththam pOttaal vaNdukkE kEtkaathu SPB: aadik ki pinnaalE kaavEri thaangaathu Sujatha: aaL aana pinnaalE allippoo moodaathu SPB: aasai thudikkinRadhO? SPB: un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar en pErai sollumE.. un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar[hmmm...] en pErai sollumE.. Sujatha: sOllukkum theriyaamal sOllaththaan vandEnE sOllukkuL arththam pOla sOllaamal ninREnE SPB: sOllukkum arthathukkum dhoorangaL kidayaadhu sOllaadha kaadhal ellaam sOrgaththil sEraadhu Sujatha: eNNikkai theerndaalum muththangaL theeraadhu SPB: eNNikkai paarthaalE muththangaL aagaadhu Sujatha: mmm mmm mm anubavamO? SPB: heh-heh-ha! Sujatha: en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. SPB: un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar[hmmm...] en pErai both: sollumE.. }
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expectations are scary - Interview by Uma Maheswari appeared in Sun T.V. On 15/1/99 on Pongal Night
According to us,A.R.Rahman is the No 1 Music Director with so many prizes and awards.From this place if you look back at A.R.Rahman as the Music Director of 'Roja' , How do you feel?
When I did 'Roja' I thought that should be my last movie and had a feeling that I should leave after that.I was not interested in movies because I was there already.Then when the film was a hit I saw the audience response and thought that I should do one more and then leave it.What happened was an evolution of a style, like 'this is my style,',which took a long time to get evolved.But now it was more or less defined.When people hear it they ask is this film music? and there is some kind of recognition to it.It is a little more simple but even if it is more, people tend to like it saying it sounds the same.So its more of a challenge, and I was more peaceful then, because of less offers.Now I think this year will be the highest no of films and I wish it also comes out well.
Before becoming a Music Director you were an excellent Keyboard player("not excellent!" ARR laughs).People have told that you were very good on the keyboard and then how did you get inspired to become a Music director because becoming one is not an easy task.
My father was a Music Director in those times.So mother felt that even I should take the same field.If you want to be a Music Director you should have certain amount of classical knowledge,so I learnt classical music.
What is the difference between Music Director A.R.Rahman and A.S.Dileep Kumar? .
When I was Dileep I was more of a person suffering from inferiority complex.But when Changed to A.R.Rahman evrything changed as though I was having a new birth and my entire past was washed out.
mm..its continuing (laughs)
After becoming popular, what have you gained and what have you lost?
The problem is too much of expectations.If you do some good work they will immediately see that.If we do 'X' amount of work they will think as '10X'.There is no limits for imaginations.That is too scary.Even now it is scary.
So, People's expectations is your minus point....
It is not a minus point it is rather a challenge.
Haven't you lost your privacy after becoming so popular?
Privacy is always there like when I'm praying I'm private and when I'm with my family its private.So, its with us.
Rahmanji can you differentiate sound and music?
I wish every sound is music(giggles)
Normally when you do a film you are too involved in it but why do people take it differently saying that it takes one year for you to do a film.
Thats because there was a rule.There was a concept that 7-1 two clients should be there.If you want to do something extra you need to break ordinary rules.A Song which must take a day may take 5-6 days.When the industry is rotating in a manner and you suddenly break the rules it doesn't work well.And if you don't deliver also they'll blame you.
How do you react to such criticisms?
I never hear it and I'm used to it.They are saying that from the beggining.Finally people buy the casstes and when they do, 'Its good' , 'Its bad' are the only two phrases they speak.Whether I have worked for 4 years or for 5 years ,that is not necessary for them.They have to get their money's worth for it.Thats what I think.
How Useful is the completion of Re-Recording for a film?
The Right kind of Re-Recording can elevate a film but if it is done wrongly it can destroy the film.
Rahmanji,In North India ,apart from movies people hear bhajans,classical music,pop,ghazals etc,but in the south people are confined to music from the films.Personally why do you think this difference arises?
In the north the production of a ghazal is like that of a movie in the sense that there is so much of money involved in it.But in the south Pop is very popular and Classical music is picking up as there are many people going to kutcherys and I am very happy to see that.
After your entry you have elevated tamil film music to the national levels and you have made the north indians hear tamil songs and elevated the status("Tamilnadu is lucky,thats all!" ARR laughs).No!I think you are sounding humble.I won't say it wasn't like that before, but you have definitely created an awakening.In fact we tamilians feel proud of it!What is your comment on this.
The main thing is the cultural difference between North Indians and Tamilians.If a hindi song is dubbed in tamil it is clearly noticable and similarly if a tamil song is dubbed in hindi it is clearly noticed.There are certain elements which everybody have to get because of the media and the numerous channels there is a common point which is coming ,so in another two years even an englishman will be able to appreciate a tamil song!
You are always working,so how do you find time to listen to other music to improve your knowledge?Is there time for you?
I have time and I have a system outside my studio and when we finish final mixing we listen to it in the system like any other listener to see if it sounds good.Sometimes the computer crashes and it takes 4 hours so we listen to other music.
A Simple question.You started with 'chinna chinna asai'('Choti isi asha').Can you tell some of your chinna chinna asais(little little wishes)?
Actually if you dont have asai(wishes) it is better because everything is a surprise for you
But there is no one without asais(wishes)!
Thats right but once we keep asais(wishes) it never happens.
No there will be lots of chinna chinna asais(little little wishes)!
You ask that to Vairamuthu sir (laughs loudly)
Which is your favourite musical instrument?
(Laughs uncontrollably and in the middle of fading laughter)lets shout KEYBOARD!)(Continues laughing)
Rahmanji your album Vande Mataram created a sensation especially among the youth.Have you created any other albums or will you create any other non-film albums?
We are postponing the albums due to existing commitments.Nearly 9-10 films are due and you know how much time I take (laughs).
I wish all Fans my heartiest Pongal Wishes.
Rahmanji,this is a common dialouge for all ,but makes special mention to you alone. 'Thanks for sparing some time from your busy schedule'
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