A R Rahman is a man of few words. But once he warms up, he can keep talking.
When we asked for an interview, he emailed just one line: Sure. I will call you. He did not specify a time or day. Given his passion for working in the night, I knew that meant I should expect a phone call from Chennai any time during the day hours in New York.
And as promised he called just two days after confirming that the interview will happen.
It was about noon in New York. For nearly an hour, he talked about a lot of things including how Shah Rukh Khan had become a 'bakra' and how he was 'blackmailed' by 'Mani sir' to sing the Tere Bina number in Guru.
Here's the first part of an extensive interview.
Interview: Arthur J Pais in New York