AR Rahman will score a traditional Arabic melody in a film by the first director of the United Arab Emirates | Entertainment News

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Los Angeles: The UAE’s first female filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja and music maestro AR Rahman are looking forward to their next collaboration on ‘Baab’, reports ‘Variety’. Written by Al Khaja and Masoud Amralla Al Ali, the film follows Wahida, who is unable to make sense of the mysterious death of her twin sister and is plagued by a haunting rhythm in her ears.

Rahman and Khaja were present at the Cannes Film Market to promote ‘Baab’. The composer’s first film as a director, the virtual reality film “Le Musk”, also had its world premiere on the market’s Cannes XR programme.

Speaking about ‘Baab’ with ‘Variety’, Al Khaja said: “It’s about the four stages of grief, but we don’t say it so black and white. She [Wahida] creates a fantasy world to justify the death of his sister, because she is young. They are identical. They have spent their whole life together. So how do you continue past this point?” Filming for the film will begin in March 2023.

Al Khaja told ‘Variety’ that she believed in chance as Rahman was in Dubai to set up the Firdaus studio as part of Expo 2020 Dubai and mentor the Firdaus Orchestra, an all-female ensemble of 50 musicians from 23 Arab countries. . Rahman also composed the music for ‘Why?’ by Shekhar Kapur. The Musical’, which was part of the Expo.

Rahman began his research into Arabic music when he was composing the music for Majid Majidi’s 2015 film “Muhammad: Messenger of God.” For ‘Baab’ he plans to use the Arabic melodic system called ‘maqam’.

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