In an interview, he has spoken about juggling between different places, his new projects and life away from his family.

When asked “You are rarely able to do Bollywood scores these days. How do you manage to turn down Mumbai producers politely?” Rahman said with a laugh “It's tough, very tough. But at this juncture of my career, I only want to do the music that motivates me to work harder. Otherwise, you lose your audience. The relationship becomes like an old boring marriage.”

“It's very important for me to not get bored with the work that I'm doing. That's why after doing a series of epic/period films; I did something young like the song ‘Khalifa’ in ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’. After that I've only said yes to Shekhar Kapur's ‘Paani’ and Imtiaz Ali's ‘Tamasha’. And I've also said yes to Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor's daughter's film. That's about it for now,” he added.

Sharing his views on the epic scores he said “I love doing them. So much detailing and labour goes into them. Every epic score is an elaborate experience. On a personal level, it is also very enlightening for me to visit a particular era. While doing the music for a period film, I discover a whole new culture.”

When asked “Do you enjoy rediscovering a culture as you create music score? The talented singer said that he enjoys it immensely “but at the same time, it is also important to find an emotional connect with the filmmaker that I work with,” he added.

Talking about the treatment of his songs in Films Rahman said that a lot of his very good songs in films like ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Delhi 6’ were used as soundtracks in the background. They were not used as lip-sync. So the reach of those songs was just 30 or 40 percent of what it was meant to be. Songs that are sung by major stars on screen get played in clubs and on radio. They make a psychological impact on the audiences' mind. “One reason why I want to do music in young stories is because these films allow their actors to sing on screen,” he added.

When asked how he manages his time between India and abroad, he replied “It's tough. When I have a project abroad, it takes me a month or a month-and-a-half to take care of it. I go with the flow, basically. Thankfully, communication is far easier today than it was when I started out with my international career. I can be connected to and from any part of the world.”

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