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stardust interview

You will be working only in perhaps half a dozen films a year..why?

What will I do if I work for more films and only a few click? I do not want my energy to be wasted. I want every film to be a musical hit. In fact, "Thiruda Thiruda" songs have created a record for any Tamil film - 25,000 discs were sold in Malaysia. They are going to give us platinum discs.

What offers are you getting?

I like to work only with dedicated film makers. I also take a long time. I thought that the Hindi film industry won't get used to this. So I made only the right choices

What's your view of the Hindi film industry ?

Hindi film music is going international. But Roja proved that traditional tunes can also be hits.

How much are you paid?

I have read it written that I'm getting Rs 25 lakhs for a movie. It's under 10, actually for Roja I was paid Rs 25,000. I don't like to demand high amounts because I think that will rob me of my creativity.

Are you aware that there seems to be a campaign against you in the Mumbai film music circles?

What do I say to that? If I do good work, then the campaign will die a natural death. It's no point talking against anyone or retaliating. It's better just to prove facts with one's music. On and off, I'm told about the statements made by certain people but believe me, the best option is to keep quiet. Music speaks, statements don't.

Mani Ratnam has said that you've been composing more love songs after your marriage.

(Blushes a tomato red) Yeah probably, but I'm composing more love songs for his films. Has your new-born daughter inspired you to compose a lullaby? Aaaaieee, you're asking me funny questions.

You can give me a funny answer. (Laughs)

Can't. I'm definitely inspired by my daughter... she's eight-months-old... we've named her Khatija. One day, I'll surely compose a lullaby for her. Now she goes off to sleep without any music.

Has any song recently caught your fancy?

Don't listen to much. But from what I've heard, I liked the Colonial Cousins. Unlike most of the bubble gum music coming our way, their compositions have a certain standard of quality.

What would you do if you were locked up in a room with Anu Malik and Anand Milind? Would you get into a fight or talk to them?.

Of course, I'd talk to them--but definitely not on the subject of copyright laws.

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