I want India to be progressive and kind says A. R. Rahman on senior journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder

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Musical Maestro A. R. Rahman attended premiere of his upcoming film One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film on Thursday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Rahman stated that he wants India to be progressive and kind.

Recently, senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her house in Bengaluru, reacting to that incident, Rahman said, “I am so so sad about that.. I hope these things don’t happen in India. If these things happen in India, then it is not my India. I want my India to be progressive and kind”.

Talking about his film, One Heart, he said, “One Heart is probably first concert movie in India. We wanted to give alternate kind of movie to the audience because people have seen action, romance comedy and everything but musical movie which have great quality and sound is something to look out for. All the number (songs) has been tested and people are liking all the numbers a lot.”

“One Heart as a film supports One Heart Foundation and profits from this film will go to foundation for elder musicians and educational cause “

When asked Rahman whether biopic should be made on his life, he said, “I am still young, I think somebody will make it after I am gone”.

Rahman’s colleague and close friend Rajit Barot who is music arranger for most of Rahman’s concerts said, “I can guarantee that people haven’t seen film like this. I have seen other musical films. Not as musical films, but film about music and musician. I am not saying this because I am featuring in it or AR is responsible for it. Anything you think and you think you are prepared for it then you are going to be surprised with this film”

‘One Heart’ is a film based on Rahman’s music concert tour across North America. The film chronicles Rahman’s concerts across 14 cities in America. The film also includes the video interviews of Rahman and his band members, rehearsal sessions etc and it certainly gives a sneak peek into the less known world of Rahman as a person.

One Heart’ is not only a tribute to Rahman’s 25 years of journey as a musician. It is also a celebration of Rahman’s committed and super talented band members. It is quite pleasing to know that Jonita Gandhi an Indo-Canadian singer can render the songs in Indian languages (mainly Tamil & Hindi) with such perfect diction. This film aptly captures and portrays the importance of Ranjith Barot in Rahman’s band.

It will be release in Hindi, English and Tamil. It features A.R. Rahman, Ranjit Barot, Ann Marie Calhoun, Haricharan Seshadri, Jonita Gandhi, Annette Philip, Mohini Dey, Keba Jeremiah, Devi Rani Najev, Karthikeyan Devarajan, Sanket Athale, Shiraz Uppal, Ashwin Srinivasan.

It is directed by YN Movies Team. It is releasing on 8 September in India.