A R Rahman is a man of few words when he's not talking music, but he has a wry side too. At the recently-held MTV VMAI (Video and Music Awards India,) the singer got candid about Priyanka Chopra's singing career and how he looks for new talent.
Presented with the 'Best Indi Video' award for his single 'Infinite Love' by the actress-turned-singer Priyanka Chopra, Rahman was asked if he would feature her in his upcoming work. "She's a star now, a singing star. She should give me work!"
His single 'Infinite Love' is the first of four more songs Rahman plans to collate into an album. "This is a first for me, believing in my voice," said the man who has made many a career. Refusing to name new talent he would love to work with, Rahman said he didn't bother with the background of a singer, as long as it helped his song. "For me, I have to be honest with music. And I feel picking up unrecognized talent is just part of what I should do."
So how does the singer choose his next voice, with the melee of aspiring singers at his door everyday? "If they are on YouTube, I'll find them," laughed Rahman.
In the meantime, his schedule remains packed as ever, with foreign collaborations and overdue films finally hitting the floors. "I'm working on a huge score for the Warner Brothers production, 'Seventh Sun'. After 5 months of work, we are 3 months away from completing it! Also, the delayed film, Shekhar Kapur's 'Paani' is finally coming through with Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra on board. I'm sure it will be great."
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