“We are honored to be hosting A. R. Rahman, an icon of Indian music, and the world premiere of Jai Ho,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “While Slumdog Millionaire brought him to the attention of many Americans, Rahman has had a long and accomplished career in India and abroad for nearly two decades. This intimate and exciting documentary shows why he is widely regarded as one of the world’s great film composers.”
A.R.Rahman brought fame and recognition to India due to his Oscar win for the musical score he provided for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. The documentary will chronicle the expert composer’s struggles and chronicles as he rose to the top of the Indian music industry. The documentary will feature interviews and concert footage from Rahman, Danny Boyle, Shekhar Kapur, Mani Ratnam, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others who have professionally collaborated with the maverick musician.
After the documentary has been screened, A.R.Rahman will personally participate in a discussion with the audience, answering questions and explaining certain aspects of his life. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety.
Jai Ho is an hour long documentary which is directed by Indian national award achieving director Umesh Aggarwal. The film divulges the rise and evolution of A.R.Rahman as a person with deep understanding of eastern melodies and comprehension of western technology. On account of various turning points, struggle and opportunities, was A.R.Rahman able to bewitch the world and earn global recognition.
A.R.Rahman’s documentary would be a treat to watch for his fan following that extends around the globe. Also, the documentary will serve to guide, propel and educate any aspiring composers or musicians on how to turn their lives around and achieve something worthwhile at the international level. Fingers crossed for the documentary!