It’s rare for the otherwise elusive AR Rahman to appear on a television show, and it’s even more surprising when the Oscar winner spontaneously sings his evergreen numbers. But the upcoming episode of Indian Idol is a departure as the music maestro will appear on the show to promote his upcoming 99 song movie.
According to a short clip posted by SonyTV on its Instagram page, Rahman will sing his popular love song “Ishq Bina” (Taal, 1999). As the composer begins his soulful rendition, one candidate on stage looks emotional while one of the Indian Idol 12 judges, Neha Kakkar, appears to be overwhelmed by Rahman’s voice.
Rahman, who apparently had amused himself on the show, was so impressed with Shanmukhapriya’s performance that he played piano for her on stage.
Shanmukhapriya sang two songs by Rahman – “Uddi Uddi” (Saathiya, 2002) and “Muqabla” (Street Dancer 3D, 2020, original song “Mukkabla” by Kadhalan, 1994), which received standing ovations from the composer and the judges of the show brought in.
Rahman praised them and said, “You have a great talent. I am impressed with your performance and you have a unique voice. You’re a soulful singer and I liked the way you change the tone of every song you sing. It’s just commendable. I am proud that we have such talent in India. “
AR Rahman will appear on Indian Idol 12 this weekend.