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Filmmaking is a tough job: AR Rahman on turning director with 'Le Musk'

The 'Mozart of Madras' makes his directorial debut with a virtual reality multi-sensory episodic feature film, Le Musk.

Mayur Lookhar

For over two decades, the world has danced to AR Rahman's tunes. The Mozart of Madras now steps into uncharted territory as he makes his directorial debut with an international short film titled 'Le Musk'. The film is described as virtual reality multi-sensory episodic feature film.

As the title suggests, the film revolves around the fragrance of musk enveloping the protagonist, Juliet (Nora Arnezeder) an orphaned heiress with a talent for music. The script has been written by AR Rahman and his wife Sairaa Rahman, and the film is produced by Karan Grover. The project is a collaboration between PVR with YM Movies.

"Le Musk has a classical music touch to it. It has Mozart and many more classical composers. While writing the screenplay, it looked like this looks good when you’re listening to an Orchestra. So before shooting, I wanted to test my strength," Rahman told IndianExpress.com.

The film has been shot in Rome and the cast includes unheralded actors Nora Arnezder, Guy Burnet and Munirih Grace.

Commenting on his experience as a director, Rahman said, "Filmmaking is a very tough job. It means two years of your life. I am simply reinventing the application of music through films. But music will always come first. It’s like sitting in the middle of an orchestra and performing instead of watching from the other side. I usually love doing music but this one didn’t seem so tough. We shot for 13 days and we had a great team in hand. This film is a multi-sensory and stereo smoking experience which I hope will enthral you all."

Rahman is no stranger to working on international projects having scored music for  films like the Academy Award winner Slumdog Millionaire (2008), 127 Hours (2010). and Million Dollar Arm (2014).