AR Rahman is making quite a splash at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar-winning music composer presented his directorial debut, Le Musk, to the world at the event.
Le Musk is a virtual-reality film that Rahman worked on as a side project for five years. Many technicians from around the world assisted in the production of the film. Rahman expanded on a story idea pitched to him by his wife, Saira Banu. He later created a 36-minute film about a girl who is looking for the men who orphaned her when she was young. And 20 years later, that girl sets out to find them, aided by the singular memory of their scent. “It’s a great honour. Le Musk is premiering at Cannes XR. It’s a project of love and we are all excited,” Rahman stated at Cannes.
Rahman’s Le Musk is intended to provide an immersive experience that incorporates aroma and motion. Rahman has shared photos from Cannes XR, where his film premiered in specially designed seats equipped with VR goggles.
Following the premiere of Le Musk, Rahman took to Twitter and posted: “My amazing #Lemusk army ..really grateful to my faithful team ,who believed in my vision and gave their precious time to work on this project!
Rahman was also part of an Indian delegation led by I & B Minister Anurag Thakur. Grammy-winning composer Ricky Kej, lyricist Prasoon Joshi, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, R Madhavan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Pooja Hegde, were also part of the delegation.
Rahman was also seen on stage with a number of celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. He also shared a photo with multifaceted filmmaker-actor Kamal Haasan, who is attending the festival to promote his upcoming film, Vikram. Rahman has also revealed that he is already hard at work on his next VR film, Confessions. “Now this [“Le Musk”] is finished and we’re happy about it. We just want to do something which is much more simpler, but more deeper in emotion. A script is 60% ready,” Rahman told an entertainment portal.