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A.R. Rahman split between careers

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Music composer A.R. Rahman’s international career, which has taken off in a big way after Slumdog Millionaire, is struggling with entanglements, due to long-pending assignments back home.

According to sources, Rahman has to keep interrupting his international plans to be home for various pending assignments. The harried composer is now seriously thinking of putting all home-made assignments on hold to concentrate on building his career abroad, or he feels he will lose the international advantage he has gained with Slumdog Millionaire.

Says a friend of Rahman, “The Indian assignments after Slumdog Millioniare have been very time-consuming, especially Raavan where Rahman not only had to do two versions of the music in Hindi and Tamil, but director Mani Ratnam also asked him to give three to four tunes for every lyric before one was selected. The music of Raavan took more time than Rahman could afford, with the result that other Indian assignments primarily Abbas Tyrewala’s untitled John Abraham-Pakhi starrer got left behind.”

At present Rahman is back in Chennai again, mixing music for Abbas’ film. But the background score of the film which releases in October is yet to be done.

No one will accede to it, but one of the primary reasons why Tyrewala’s film got delayed is the music score which Rahman has been serving up piecemeal, due to no fault of his, since the composer was committed to be out of the country for half the year for his world concerts.

Says the source: “Rahman had to continuously keep breaking his international tours and other projects to be home for various reasons, like the music release of Raavan and other things. He has begun to feel that his international career would never take off if he has to keep returning home.”

Abbas Tyrewala, who is in Chennai with Rahman for the mixing of his film’s music, jumps to the composer’s defence. “Yes Rahman has been a little tied up and therefore unable to deliver quickly. But that’s because he has to be constantly moving back and forth between India and the US. Raavan took much longer than Rahman thought. I’m not worried about my music. It’s almost done. Whatever time Rahman takes is finally worth the while.”

In the meanwhile, Rahman has not signed a single new assignment in Mumbai or Chennai in the last few months.

After he completes the music for Tyrewala’s film, Rahman will focus on consolidating his career abroad.

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