A R Rahman has created history by becoming the first Indian music director to win Oscar for his composition in Slumdog Millionaire. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ directed by Danny Boyle, swept eight Oscars, out of ten nominated at the 81 st Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Best Direction and Motion Picture. Indian music maestro A R Rahman brings home two Oscars with his Jai Ho… composition. India’s Resul Pookutty won his Oscar for Best Sound Mixing.
The biggest success for India came with a double Oscar treat for Rahman for Best Original Music Score and Best Song (Jai Ho). Rahman was overwhelmed and interspersed his speech with Hindi as well as Tamil on receiving the coveted trophy. “There is a dialogue from an old Hindi film – “Mere paas ma hai” – which means I have nothing but a mother. My mother is here, I have her blessings. I am glad she could be here,” said Rahman. He ended the acceptance speech by saying “God is great” in Tamil, something he says after winning every award. He shared the second Oscar for best original song for the film’s theme number “Jai Ho” with noted Indian lyricist Gulzar. “All my life I had a choice between hate and love. I chose love and I am here,” said Rahman after receiving his second golden statuette.
The film opened its Oscar account by winning in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for Simon Beaufoy. After that, there was no looking back as the film went on a dream run to win awards in Film Editing for Chris Dickens, Best Cinematography for Anthony Dod Mantle and Best Sound mixing for India’s Resul Pookutty.
The film also won an Oscar for Best Motion Picture. The announcement for Best Picture saw a jubilant cast and crew of the film, celebrating together on the stage.
AR. Rahman with his multilayered score in Danny Boyle’s rags-to riches film has also pocketed a Golden Globe and BAFTA. (Source : ndtv.com)
The debate about the film SM whether its an Indian Film or a British film, will continue but we must not forget to appreciate and to be proud for our Gulzar saab, AR Rahman, Pookutty and all indian actors including child artists who have shown their talents in their respective filds. Talents and creativity of the Indians have been exposed to the world audiences through SM and for this, we must be thankful to the Director and producers of the movie. We all know that Rahman has composed much better songs (Roja, Bombay etc) before this. India was never poor in the field of music, literature or any cinematographic fields, only one opening and recognition was required and that came through Slumdog M.