Why does Rahman prefer Hollywood over Indian films?

Updated: May 05, 2010, 19:10 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Music maestro AR Rahman has put rumours to rest regarding his preference for Hollywood over Bollywood. The musician, who has been under considerable work-load after his famous Oscar win and subsequent laurels for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, has clarified his stance.

“I did cut down my work a bit because I could not manage time. I feel that the expectations from me are huge and the film that I choose to do has to match the expectation of the audiences. I have become very careful about signing any movie, be it Indian or Hollywood,” he said to a news daily.

“I don’t want to compromise on quality and for that reason I cannot get into a signing spree,” Rahman said.

The singer-composer also talked about the commercial aspects of his projects. “The fee depends on the movie. The market has expanded and nowadays you don’t really work with a producer-paying-a-certain-sum-of-money-to-the-composer formula. There are many other factors like holding publishing rights which I like to keep as it gives me an opportunity to increase the life of a song. I had the rights for ‘Jai Ho’! And that’s why I could team up with Pussycat Dolls and take the music forward,” he said.

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