A R Rahman is getting into film production. "My first film production is almost in place. This is something I wanted to do for some time now. But my other commitments didn't allow me to," he said.
At the moment he is not willing give away too many details about the film he will produce.
Says Rahman, "My first film production is in Hindi. Why did I choose this language? Because it's a North Indian story."
Rahman says he needed to create his own cinema to accommodate his musical vision. "Every filmmaker comes to me with his own idea and vision....one happy song, sad song, a dance number....and so on. My own creative vision gets submerged in the larger picture. Producing a film will give me the platform I needed for my music. In fact producing music videos was also a preparation for film production, as they gave me a chance to express my music in the visual terms that I wanted."
Rahman singles out Vishal Bhardwaj for making the transition from music to filmmaking. "Vishal was able to express his music in cinema. Which is the transition that I am looking at."
At the moment, though, Rahman is not looking at film direction. "That vocation needs undivided attention. Just like I can't do songs for two films at the same time I can't direct until I stop doing everything else. I am going to get directors who can execute my vision."
Rahman is all set to release his non-film album containing the kind of music that he always wanted to do but somehow never got down to doing.
"Too many other commitments, all to do with what was wanted from me it was never about what I wanted to do. The music in my new album is more layered and reflective, more....me."