Slumdog Composer Rahman Confident Ahead of Tour

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Since the success of Slumdog Millionaire, composer A.R. Rahman not only has a larger profile, but he says he’s got a confidence boost, too.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, Indian composer and Oscar winner AR Rahman arrives at the Oscar After Party for Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Wrestler" in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

“The main thing is self-confidence which is there,” Rahman said in a phone interview Monday morning before a press conference.

Rahman adds: “Coming from South India, you’re always very timid, you’re within your shell … we always think that, you know, maybe I don’t fit here, that kind of uncomfortableness.”

Rahman will be able to show off his new self on his upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off Jun. 12 in New York.

He won two Grammy Awards and two Oscars for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire” and plans to release his own CD in the near future.

Photo credits to AP/Chris Pizzello.