An audibly ecstatic and unusually forthcoming A.R. Rahman gives a quick phone interview in the middle of a hectic first day back home in Chennai
You have tasted global success before with Bombay Dreams and Lord of the Rings. How is it different with the Oscar?
The Oscar gives you the luxury to do more of your kind of work. It opens up doors for collaborations with the best of talent abroad. With the two statuettes in my hand I feel on par with the best out there. I am no longer intimidated. In the last two weeks in LA, that white skin complex is gone.
Will we now find you doing more work abroad than in India?
It’s a difficult decision to take. I certainly don’t want to lose out on the extraordinary work a platform like the Oscars will provide in the future.
So what are these extraordinary projects?
There are three or four good projects. You will know more when they happen.
You had a similar opportunity to shift base when Bombay Dreams happened...
I didn’t have...