Excerpts from the interview:
I don't think any Indian musician has won the Golden Globe award?
A: I see it as an honour for India, not just
for me. More to come, hopefully.
Q: The Golden Globe is seen as a precursor
to the Oscars.
A: Let's hope so. I've my fingers crossed. When
a film and my music get acceptance, it's the equivalent of an
Oscar for me. For the people of India to get an Oscar is a big
thing. So for their sake more than mine I hope my song "Jai
ho" and my music score in "Slumdog Millionaire"
win the Oscar.
Q: "Slumdog Millionaire" star
Freida Pinto says of the four Golden Globe nominations for the
movies, yours makes her the proudest.
A: That is really sweet of her. I was in Los
Angeles to have lunch with all the panel members of the Oscars
as well as to do press meets and promotion for "Slumdog Millionaire".
Some critics in the US say it's one of the best films they've
ever seen. It's not just about my music. It's the way Danny has
put together the film.
The throbbing pulse of Mumbai has been superbly
captured in the film. "Slumdog Millionaire" is about
suffering, hope and redemption. If my music has made an impact
in the West, it is because it has been projected so effectively.
Though some of the songs like "Jai ho", "O saya"
and "Ringa ringa" are in Hindi, the Americans love them.
Q: Were you in the US to lobby for an
Oscar award for "Jai ho"?
A: It's not about lobbying. It's about letting
the jury members meet you, get to know you and decide if the person
behind the creation is worth putting a vote for. As an artist,
I need to be recognised on a human level. So I needed to go to
Hollywood with my song. I met top Hollywood music composers like
Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and Danny Elfman.
Q: And what did they have to say about
A: They made genuinely warm comments about my
music in "Slumdog Millionaire". I think they love the
Mumbai that they have seen in the film and Danny has made terrific
use of my music. The way he has mixed my songs, they are full
on, like in a discotheque.
Q: Has Mumbai's image suffered a setback
in the US after the Nov 26 terror attacks?
A: Everyone is a bit shaken. Security has been
tightened even more in the US. But the way they look at India,
our music and cinema is very positive. The image of Mumbai is
still intact. I got the right vibes in Los Angeles. A lot of people
want to come to India to collaborate in our entertainment industry.
Akon and Nelly Furtago are interested. We just need to carry it