The Author Speaks
SOCIETY|January 2019

Author Krishna Trilok speaks about authoring his destiny with Notes of a Dream, which is an authorised biography on the composer with the Midas touch – AR Rahman.

He is just 25 but is already the author of two bestsellers. Krishna Trilok, hailing from a creative family, couldn’t have stayed as a face in the crowd. His parents Sharada and Trilok Nair are interwoven with Kollywood and the advertising world. His mother Sharada, a cousin of ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, has been involved with Ratnam’s film production in one or the other capacity. Trilok happened to work with this young boy called AS Dileep Kumar whom he introduced to Mani Ratnam and the boy was none other than the musical genius AR Rahman.

It is rather a strange coincidence that Sharada Trilok’s son Krishna goes on to author a biography of AR Rahman years later. At 25 to have the Penguin as his publisher and that too with AR Rahman being the theme of his book speaks loud for him.

Looking back, Krishna says that AR Rahman turning a director had him sit up to wonder why would someone who was so successful in making music and loved for it would want to step out of his comfort zone to make a film? “So, I wrote a mail to Rahman to ask him about it. He knew that I was a writer as he tweeted appreciating my first book when it was released. So, I pitched it to him saying, ‘Your life has always been dotted with turning points. First you were a session’s player. Then you turned into a programmer. Then you became a jingles composer, thereafter became a Tamil film composer. From Tamil you went to Hindi films and then went international. Vande Mataram happened and then a Mandarin film happened. You embrace a new feature from time to time. Can we do a book on your new turning point, featuring all others too?”

Krishna hadn’t expected a response from Rahman in affirmative but Rahman said, “I really like the idea.

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