Oscar winning Allah Rakha Rahman unveils new single after 15 years
Allah Rakha Rahman, the Indian music composer who shot to global fame after winning an Oscar for the 2008 film 'Slumdog Millionaire, has unveiled his latest single titled 'Infinite Love' after a hiatus of almost 15 years.
Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Rahman described the song as a dream project and something that was very close to his heart.
"It is a dream project. After doing 'Maa Tujhe Salaam' and 'Vande Mataram' nothing was compelling enough for me to, you know, really get into the zone and once I thought of 'Infinite Love', I though it was a good 15 year break and it was time to do something very interesting," said Rahman.
Rahman said the song was very engaging as he was actively involved in post production as well.
"This one song is equivalent to like 10 songs for me because the production and I was doing the concert and I was being a producer for this. I had to have many roles, was shuttling between roles and I was really engaged in the whole process, be it the shooting or the - It is a whole new learning process for me," he said.
In 2009, Rahman became the first Indian composer to triumph at the Oscars, winning for original score and original song in 'Slumdog Millionaire', a feat that earned him the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honour in 2010.
The composer known for his calm demeanour struck gold twice at the Grammy Awards in 2010 adding to the Oscars he won for 'Slumdog Millionaire's' soundtrack and theme song 'Jai Ho'.
Known for his musical versatility -- from romantic compositions to foot-tapping numbers, Rahman has innovated with different instruments and sounds to create some of India's best-known musical hits for nearly two decades.
Despite earlier international credits such as the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Bombay Dreams", it is Rahman's work on British director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog" that endeared him to Western critics.