The Oscar winning musician A.R. Rahman, whose dad RK Shekar was once a prominent music director of Mollywood, is returning to the Malayalam film industry after 25 years. The musician will be joining director Blessy and Prithviraj for their upcoming movie Aadujeevitham, the adaptation of the novel of the same name by Benyamin. The only Malayalam film for which he had composed earlier was Sangeeth Sivan’s Yoddha.
A.R. Rahman confirmed his return to Malayalam on January 16, 2018 at Dubai saying, “I’m working with director Blessy for Aadujeevitham. It is a beautiful story.”
On why he roped in the musical genius, director Blessy tells us that the movie demands a big space for music as its plot revolves around a man being isolated completely. “The lone man undergoes different experiences from seclusion, emotional conflicts and survival struggles.
Only Rahman can bring about the kind of music that can capture the different emotional and spiritual levels of an isolated man. More than dialogues, music has a great role to play in the film. So the background score should be perfect and it should be of international standard,” he says.
The film will have a blend different genres of music such as Arabic, western and Indian. “Rahman can compose music that touches the soul and that is what we need for Aadujeevitham,” he adds. Blessy says that Rahman was very excited about the movie when he narrated the story to him. “He said that such universal films are the need of the hour. He understood every aspect of the movie and the musical necessities,” he says.
The film will go on floors by February end. “The first schedule is in Kerala which will have the protagonist Najeeb’s Kerala life before he leaves for a job abroad. The film has many schedules with locations like Oman. Prithviraj will be seen in his plump look for the first schedule,” Blessy sums up.