By Akshay Bhansali
The soundtrack for Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is one of eight movie scores Indian producer/ composer A.R. Rahman put together in 2008 — and he’s got several more in the pipeline. And while we’re talking numbers, check this out: He’s worked on more than 100 soundtracks since he started in ’91, with about 60 percent of those films being Bollywood blockbusters. Some estimate his total album sales are in the vicinity of 115 million records — can Hollywood super-scorers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman say that?
While the bulk of the film work by the “Mozart of Madras” has been in Indian cinema, Rahman recently worked on “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and of course “Slumdog Millionaire,” Fox Searchlight’s sleeper hit. For “Slumdog,” Rahman cut electro-Hindi-hop tunes with the help of “Paper Planes” singer/ fellow Tamilian M.I.A. to match Danny Boyle’s Mumbai-set love story. Check out the video for more about this Bollywood superstar!