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He is a genius: Mohanlal on Rahman


Vikram Venkateshwaran,CNN-IBN
Jan 24, 2009 at 03:14am IST

Padmashri Mohanlal tells our correspondent Vikram Venkateswaran, why he thinks A R Rahman is a genius and about his past and future projects with the maestro.

Vikram Venkateswaran: What Jackie Chan is for China, Mohanlal is for India, a cultural icon. Speaking of cultural icons, A R Rahman has brought the oscar fever to india with not one but 3 nominations...

Padmashri Mohanlal: Yes, what can I say about him? He's a genius. Not everyone can be called a genius. You need to have the capability for it. Rahman is definitely a genius. He is pride of our country.

Vikram Venkateswaran: The first time you worked with him was in '92 in the movie Yodha, which was also Rahman's first and only Malayalam movie...

Padmashri Mohanlal: Yes, Yodha is a very good movie and the songs are still being played all the major channels even today.

Vikram Venkateswaran: You will also be working with him again in Nairsan?

Padmashri Mohanlal: Nairsan is a Japanese film about a Malayali freedom fighter. It has Japanese and Mongolian songs. We have asked Rahman to do music, he has agreed. Let it happen.

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