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Working with Rahman in ‘Muhammad’ a learning experience: Natalie

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Hong Kong: Canadian multi-lingual singer Natalie Di Luccio who sung an Arabic track in the film “Muhammad: The Messenger Of God”, said that working with Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman was a learning experience.

Muhammad_-_The_Messenger_of_God_poster“I sang for his new film called ‘Muhammad’. The film has gone to film festival and hasn’t released in India yet. It’s a big budget Iranian film and I had Arabic songs, so he helped me a lot.”

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience moment for me. When I met him for the first time, I was shaking,” Natalie, who earlier worked with Rahman in S. Shankar’s film “I”, told IANS.

“He helped me in pronunciation too,” added Natalie, whose career got a kick-start when she began releasing music videos on YouTube. These were videos of Natalia singing Bollywood film songs.

She credits the online platform for lending visibility to her vocal talent.

“Nowadays you can control your career. Social media has helped in boosting the life of many singers. I feel really honoured that I made my own career, but it wasn’t planned.

“When I first put my video on Youtube, there was not even one Bollywood cover, but now for every song there are a million renditions.

“Fortunately, YouTube gave me the platform to sell my albums like the way I wanted to,” said Natalie, who also lent her voice to songs in films like “Band Baaja Baraat”, “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”, “English Vinglish” and “Chennai Express”.

Asked how she manages to sing in different languages without even knowing those languages, she said: “I always had to work extra hard for pronunciation, but I want to serve more people with my music and that’s what I am doing.”

Natalie was in Hong Kong – Asia’s World City for the shooting of FOX Life’s show “Life Mein Ek Baar”, an adventure and travel-based show.

Back after three successful seasons, the show will feature three other celebrities apart from Natalie, on an adventure trip across Hong Kong. There are also popular names like Karan Kundra, Sana Saeed and Himarsha Venkatsamy.

From playing a game of rugby with the locals, to taking a Tai Chi class, to Dragon Boat racing and more, the show will bring forth an exhilarating journey of the celebrities’ stay in the country.

The show will premiere on October 20.

(Nivedita, IANS)

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Scripts that came to A.R Rahman were secondary

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Mumbai, Dec 19, 2017: Grammy and Oscar winning composer A.R Rahman says that in the last few years, he had not been offered many musical scripts where he could project his magic. He says his upcoming film “99 Songs” will be the answer to several questions.

Since the 1990s, Rahman has delivered hit songs like “Hamma hamma”, “Rangeela re”, “Chaiyya chaiyya” and “Jai ho”.

But if we look at some of his latest compositions, some believe that he has missed out in keeping the ‘Rahman magic’ alive.

Asked if he could find out the missing link in his latest work, Rahman told IANS here: “It also depends on what the director wants to do, like the problem that I dealt with in the last few years was that. All the films that came to me were different, where music was secondary.”

“The kind of music that you are talking about needs a certain conviction. Are they (filmmakers) coming to me with enough of that, to create good musical stories?”

He said that his upcoming production “99 Songs” would be the answer to the questions being raised. “The questions that you are asking, about me not being able to create such magic, the fact is, those kind of scripts are not coming anymore,” he added.

On producing films, he said: “There is a reason why we put so much effort to set out our production company. From here, I want to make musical stories and celebrate music ideas. So yes, in a way, in the last 25 years, my life has changed — from being a music composer to a visionary, from a writer to producer and film director,” said the artiste, who has earned the title ‘Mozart of Madras’.

The musician is currently performing in different Indian cities for his live gig A.R. Rahman Encore — The Concert in association with MTV, which celebrates 25 years of his journey as a composer.

Asked to choose his favourites, he said: “Choosing five songs is tough. I would say ‘Humma humma’, ‘Tu hi re’, ‘Maa tujhe salaam’, ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’, ‘Khwaja mere Khwaja’, but there are more.”

Which one is the closest reflection of his personality?

“I think all my compositions are the reflection of my personality and I am the combination of everything. I am funny, light-hearted when I spend time with family. And then there are times when I get into the zone of spirituality. I think such emotions and moods are there in all of us. At times, music takes us to different zones too,” he said.

Rahman has created compositions for filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s movies — “Lagaan”, “Swades” and “Jodhaa Akbar”, but failed to impress his fans with his last work in “Mohenjo Daro”.

“That story goes beyond our civilisation, to an era where we do not know that well about how the music was. And if you look at the story, it has got so many things happening in it. It was not a ‘Lagaan’ where the picture was clear. In ‘Mohenjo Daro’, Ashu tried something different. At least, we should appreciate that,” said the music maestro. (IANS)