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Rahman's song NaNa shortlisted for Oscar nomination

AR Rahman
Rahman is a composer with a staggering range

Indian composer AR Rahman has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination for his Tamil song NaNa from the Hollywood film, Couples Retreat.

The song is vying with 62 others for the nominations which will be revealed on 2 February.

Rahman won two Oscars, a Bafta and a Golden Globe last year for his soundtrack to the multi award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire.

The composer is often called the Mozart of India.

'Really touched'

Couples Retreat is a comedy film directed by Peter Billingsley and Rahman says it is his "first mainstream Hollywood movie".

"Normally a person who picks up double Oscars, doesn't pick up a comedy movie. But I thought it would be less pressure to pick up a comedy film," Rahman told a press conference.

"The makers of the movie [actor] Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley [director] came to me before I had won any of the awards and said they were moved by my music and it will be an honour to have my music so I felt really touched and accepted the movie."

The film stars Vince Vaughn and is about five couples who land up in an island resort.

"It's a comedy and the music is kept very low. And they used the song as the background score," Rahman said.

"The good news is that the song NaNa has been shortlisted for the Academy awards. I don't know whether it will make it, because we didn't go for promoting it; but that's a good sign."

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