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Hallstrom and Rahman: A 5,000-Mile Collaboration for ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’

A harmonious relationship between composer and director is key to a successful music track.

Fortunately for the score of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the story of two restaurateurs — one Indian, one French — clashing in a French village, tunesmith A. R. Rahman found a kindred spirit in helmer Lasse Hallstrom.

“I’m from the old school. I like melody,” Rahman said. “I didn’t know what Lasse would like.” But it turned out Hallstrom was a big fan of melody as well.

They worked together, communicating via Skype while Rahman was in Los Angeles finishing up “Million Dollar Arm” and Hallstrom was shooting “Journey” 5,000 miles away, in France. They continued via videoconference when Hallstrom returned to New York to edit the film.

Rahman roped Indian songwriter Gulzar as lyricist. One scene was recut to accommodate his music.

“I really liked (the film),” Rahman said. “It gives lots of respect to each (culture), embracing them in subtle ways.”

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