Who inspired AR Rahman to turn director

AR Rahman will be making his maiden production venture and directorial venture with 99 Songs and Le Musk.
Written By Chaiitanya Rao | Updated: April 03, 2021 13:58 IST
Who inspired AR Rahman to turn director

AR Rahman is an award-winning composer. But this year, he is turning into a producer and a writer with 99 Songs, directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy. The film will hit the theatres in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on April 16. Recently, the trailer of 99 Songs was released and received applause from the audience and critics. As reported earlier, 99 Songs is a passionate love story that is also a musical. 99 Songs is the first production venture from AR Rahman's production house. It was reported that AR Rahman was inspired to become a filmmaker by Mani Ratnam.

AR Rahman said, "Mani Ratnam once said to me that when you know how to make a movie, it’s like how you make a song. You’ve the introduction, the theme of the song, the tune and then you do the BGM. Then come Antara and you’ve a journey that eventually comes to an end beautifully. He said that the process is like a story and it just struck me how nice it is to speak in your own language about another art such as story writing. That inspired me. I love stories, I love to study people and their lives; not just people from our Indian culture but from many other cultures as well. “