July 21, 2018
Singer Selena Gomez has been in the news lately, not only for her chart-topping singles, but also for lending her voice to Mavis, Count Dracula’s daughter, in the newly released Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.
More recently, the ‘Back to You’ hit maker created headlines for expressing her desire to sing for music maestro AR Rahman.
In an interview to Mid-Day, the 25-year-old singer said that she had been following several Indian music artistes and believed that they are “wonderful”. She added that it was AR Rahman’s music which caught her fancy the most.
She expressed her desire to collaborate with the Oscar winning composer and that it had been on her wish list. “I like AR Rahman's work. He is a global figure today. I would love to sing or be part of his compositions. I think it would be beautiful to sing for [a] Bollywood [movie],” Selena said.
This is not the first time that a Hollywood celebrity or a Western singer has expressed their desire to collaborate with Rahman.
Having shot to fame with Roja and making his mark in the Tamil and Hindi film industries, Rahman came into international limelight when he won two Oscars in 2009 – one for the best original score and for the best original song, both for Slumdog Millionaire.
The music composer has a glorious track record. He has collaborated with pop artists such as the Pussycat Dolls for a version of ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire and DJ Will.i.am and singer Cody Wise for ‘It’s My Birthday’, which was an adaptation of the hit ‘Urvasi Urvasi’.
Going beyond Tamil cinema and Bollywood, he has also composed soundtracks and music in films such as the soundtrack of People Like Us (2012), the highly acclaimed 127 Hours (2010) and the Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s Muhammad: Messenger of God, to name a few.