Music maestro AR Rahman, who is making his debut as producer and co-writer with the film 99 Songs, said on Saturday that it was his frequent collaborator, filmmaker Mani Ratnam, who gave him his artistic side as a storyteller. Prompted to explore.

The musical drama film is the story of art and self-discovery of a struggling singer who wants to become a successful musician. Directed by debutant director Vishvesh Krishnamurthy, the 99 songs feature debutant Eehan Bhat, Edilsey Varghese and Tibetan-origin Indian actor Tenzin Dalha in the lead roles.

Rahman, who has also co-written the film, recalled the time when Ratnam told him how the story of the film is told and the process of making a song is a normal process.

“Mani Ratnam once told me that when you know how a film is made, it is how you make a song. You do the introduction, the subject of the song, the tune and then you do the background music. Then Antara comes and you take a journey which eventually ends beautifully, ”the music director said in a statement.

“He said that the process is like a story and it amazed me how good it is to speak about other arts like story writing in my own language. He inspired me.

The Oscar winner has composed music for several of Ratnam’s films, including Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, O Kadhal Kanmani, Guru and Thiruda Thiruda.

The 99 songs also star actresses Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Aditya Seal, composer-drummer Ranjit Barot and Indian Ocean’s Rahul Ram in supporting roles. Rahman has also composed music for the film, which he has co-produced with Ideal Entertainment through his banner YM Movies.

Presented by Jio Studios, the film will hit theaters on April 16.

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