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Composed music of a biopic on Pele without knowing him: Rahman

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Oscar and Grammy winning Indian music composer A R Rahman today confessed that he did not know Pele before he composed music of a biopic on the Brazilian football legend.

“I’m zero on sport. I only know of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar in sport. I composed music on the biopic on Pele without even knowing him. But when I saw the movie I cried three times,” Rahman said after meeting Pele for the first time during a glittering evening titled ‘Legend Tour of India’ at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

But having seen the biopic, which is yet to be released, Rahman said he was very keen to meet the legend.

“I wanted to see the real Pele. He’s such an amazing personality, a great inspiration. All my musician friends were jealous when they came to know that I’m doing the music of ‘Pele’. How can you do a film on Pele, they all asked me,” he said.

Rahman also asked Pele whether he saw the biopic and the football legend said: “I saw the highlights when they are making the movie but I have not seen the climax.”

Rahman also sang a birthday jingle with his signature tone for Pele who will turn 75 on October 23.

Pele also cut a two-part cake with World Cup Trophy and cake specially created by Sudip Mullick and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Sourav Ganguly and Rahman.