Oscar winner musician A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) has been nominated for yet another award—excellence in musical scoring for 2009 by International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
He has been nominated in “best original score for a comedy film” category for “Couples Retreat”, his first venture into mainstream Hollywood, along with James Newton Howard (Duplicity), Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!), Alexandre Desplat (Julie & Julia), and Debbie Wiseman (Lesbian Vampire Killers).
IMFCA, which has members from around the world, will announce the winners of its Sixth Annual Awards on February 26. Founded by Mikael Carlsson, it is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.
Rahman’s “Na Na” song from “Couples Retreat” has also been shortlisted for nomination in Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards, where it will be competing with 62 other such songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures for nomination.
Congratulating Rahman for this nomination, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed commended him for creating a bridge between the music of East and West and for strengthening the worldwide market and stature of Indian film music. Rajan Zed, who is the chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Rahman to help nourish the next generation with the richness of Indian music, elements of whose theory were first found in ancient Hindu scripture Sama-Veda.
Comedy “Couples Retreat” revolves around four couples who go to a tropical-island resort for vacationing. Rahman provided “original music” for it, besides writing and performing two songs, “Na Na” and “Sajna”. Directed by Emmy nominated Peter Billingsley (Dinner for Five), it stars MTV winner Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Golden Globe nominated Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), etc.
Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called “Mozart of Madras'' by Time magazine. Rahman sees music “as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it” and for “creating harmony in troubled times”.
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