A.R. Rahman set to debut as writer-producer with ’99 Songs’

Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman forays into script writing and film production with the upcoming musical-romance drama “99 Songs”. The experience, the Oscar-winning singer-composer says, was quite a challenge.

“When you are composing the music of a film, you have a director who is very experienced, you have a lyrics writer and there is the producer, too. So, we usually sit, and then jam and exchange ideas. But in this film, I am the writer. So, the writer does something which the producer doesn’t like — who incidentally is also me (laughs). Then, if I come out it, he (points at the film’s director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy) doesn’t like it. So, we did three to four versions of each song with different tunes and arrangements. Till three months back, a lot of things were changing and now it is in front of you. It was an exhausting but beautiful experience,” said Rahman, while interacting with the media at the music launch of the film.

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