Khatija Rahman, AR Rahman’s daughter has taken a full plunge into the music business together with her newest launch Farishton. Khatija says the character of the tune’s protagonist Amal is predicated on herself, and the tune, partly impressed by Rumi’s teachings, traces Amal’s longing to discover the unknown. Chatting with Outlook, Khatija talks concerning the expertise of working together with her father, her tiring ordeal of getting to cope with trolls for selecting to put on the hijab and her future initiatives. Excerpts:
Q) Please share the thought and inspiration behind the tune Farishton.
It’s a collaboration between my father and me. The thought behind the tune was that of my father’s. For the latter half of the tune, he wished me so as to add what I pray to God for and that’s how the video was conceptualised. The lyrics have been fantastically penned by Munna Shaokath Ali.
Q) Beforehand, you could have labored as a playback singer for the movie Endhiran. Farishton is your maiden single. How has this expertise been totally different? Was there extra strain this time round?
I used to be very younger after I sang for Endhiran and because it was for a movie the lyrics have been already determined so I clearly didn’t get to decide on the lyrics then. However in Farishton, I made a decision what I wished to sing. Other than that, there was no strain of any sort, until after I determined I wished to pressurise myself (chuckles).
Q) Your father is an Oscar-winning musician. Has the selection of getting into the music business been an apparent one for you?
At first, my dad and mom noticed potential in me and wished me to pursue music however then I made a decision to take a break. However sure, music comes naturally to me since my household is a part of the music business. Nevertheless, it’s a aware selection and never a pressured one.
Q) Going into element, we observed within the video that Amal has a mini Indian flag pinned on her bag. How consciously was it put in and what was the meant message behind it?
I feel the type of India portrayed within the tune is the India I wish to see. India has been very accepting of variety and we wished a world viewers to see what India stands for and the great numerous girls who exist in India.
Additionally, our nation respects girls. It worships girls as goddesses. India is numerous and it was this variety that I wished to painting by means of Farishton and to point out that with variety, empathy and variations we are able to nonetheless coexist in peace.
Q) The tune makes use of outstanding Islamic symbolism. Do you suppose youngsters from totally different sections of society will be capable to relate to it?
Moreover a lady in hijab, it reveals girls from varied cultural and spiritual backgrounds proper from classical dancers to Jain nuns. It tries to normalise variety. The video additionally has a variety of metaphors. For example, a lean woman pushing a boulder reveals that one needn’t be very sturdy to perform seemingly huge duties. The video is impressed by Hayao Miyazaki’s fashion of filmmaking however we’ve created our personal fashion. Amal is a personification of me. It’s my tune and my story. Nevertheless, the tune additionally portrays numerous girls, and so additionally it is an try to point out the fantastic thing about unity in variety.
Q) Star children are sometimes subjected to trolling for varied causes and you’ve got been on the receiving finish largely to your selection of donning the hijab. What do it’s important to say about that?
It’s type of tiring to maintain speaking about it. I consider individuals who should not have higher issues to do fret over what others are sporting. It’s utterly okay to put on no matter one feels comfy to put on. If somebody desires to point out pores and skin, then it’s their selection. It’s only an issue when a specific type of clothes is pressured upon you. With time I’ve realised that as I transfer ahead, God has saved some folks away from me for a cause and that thought retains me sturdy.
Q) You will have stated that the hijab makes you’re feeling assured. Are you able to elaborate on that?
Since I apply it by selection, it makes me really feel empowered. Furthermore, my religion and my practices have made me a extra assured particular person. I don’t really feel the necessity to adjust to society-imposed magnificence requirements. I don’t really feel compelled to do my hair a sure means simply to slot in. I don’t need to spend my time fascinated by my apparel and I spend that point doing higher issues.
Generally, the upper-class society has regarded down on me which bothered me to a sure extent. However my selection of clothes has given me the chance to show that irrespective of how lined or uncovered one is, they are often empowered. The definition of empowerment is totally different for various folks however sadly many don’t perceive that.
Q) Farishton stands out for varied causes. Do you suppose your future initiatives will emulate related themes that may very well be termed as your fashion?
You may say so. My future initiatives would most likely have related themes or as I prefer to say they are going to be about ‘wholesome leisure’ with messages that maintain which means to me.
Q) Are there some other initiatives that you’re engaged on for the time being?
I at all times consider in not speaking earlier than one thing comes out. Even within the case of Farishton, we have been engaged on it since earlier than the beginning of lockdown however we selected to not discuss it. I’m concerned in some initiatives however I’ll discuss as soon as I’ve one thing concrete.
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