AR Rahman to score Couples Retreat for Universal Pictures

MUMBAI: Oscar-winning composer and internationally renowned musician A.R. Rahman will compose the score to the Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy Couples Retreat.

This marks Rahman’s first foray into composing music for an American comedy feature film.

Rahman captured the international spotlight after winning two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for his work on Slumdog Millionaire and Best Original Song for Jai Ho (Music by Rahman, Lyrics by Gulzar). Rahman also became the first Indian artist to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Score and took home numerous awards including the Critics Choice Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award and a BAFTA for Slumdog Millionaire.

Couples Retreat is directed by Peter Billingsley and stars Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love. Based on an original idea of Vaughn’s, the comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples. The film also stars Kali Hawk and Jean Reno.

Vaughn is producing for his Wild West Picture Show Productions alongside Scott Stuber for Stuber Productions.

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