Breaking Boundaries

The music of Kadal, on the other hand, is being talked about for Rahman's former soulful style from the '90s. Some of that, he says, was because the music was written while out at sea. "During writing sessions, both Maniji (Mani Ratnam, the director of the film) and I went out to the sea on a boat. The sea always inspires you," he says, with a laugh. "I wanted to go back to the kind of music that people aren't attempting anymore, simple songs with chord progressions and nostalgic music," he adds.

Film projects apart, one of the many things that brought Rahman into the spotlight last year was his association with Mick Jagger and a number of other musicians for a project titled "SuperHeavy".

Jagger, Rahman, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley came together to form the band that eventually released a self-titled album in September, to mostly positive reviews. Since then, however, there has been little activity on that front. "'SuperHeavy' was hot and we got invitations from all over the world, but some of our members became very busy with other projects," he says.

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