[Image courtesy of Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India.]
On Wed., Feb. 25 at 7 pm, the Museum of the Moving Image
will host world-renowned Indian musician and composer, A. R. Rahman, for the world premiere of “Jai Ho
,” a documentary based on the super star’s life.
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India produced “Jai Ho” in 2014 with support from India’s Ministry of External Affairs’ External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division. Directed by the award-winning, Umesh Aggarwal, the 60-minute film depicts significant moments in Rahman’s life, real concert footage and performances, and commentary on the evolution of his music.
The film explores Rahman’s fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles through commentary by noted filmmakers, lyricists, and composers such as Shekar Kapur, Danny Boyle, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Gulzar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Subhas Ghai.
According to the Museum of the Moving Image, the documentary takes us on a journey from Los Angeles, London, Chennai, and Bombay to explore an “unseen and unheard narrative of one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known.” Best known in the United States for his Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning score for Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” Rahman is credited with bringing an awareness of Hindi film music to the world.
In addition to “Slumdog Millionaire,” Rahman’s portfolio of work boasts more than 120 film scores worldwide – “Fire” (1996), “Earth” (1998), “Elizabeth” (1998), “Lagaan” (2001), “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014), and “Million Dollar Arm” (2014).
During his two-decade career, Rahman has become one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists and was one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009.
As a composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and philanthropist, the Mozart of Madras’ in person appearance promises to be both an intimate and exciting event.
Free tickets to the screening of “Jai Ho” and post-screening discussion are included with admission to the Museum of the Moving Image. Advance reservations are available online at movingimage.us.