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AR Rahman creates history, wins two Oscars

Posted on: February 23, 2009

Music maestro AR Rahman created history by becoming the first Indian to win two Oscar Awards in the ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Song’ categories for ‘Slumdog Millionaire‘ at the Academy Awards in LA.

The film had 10 Oscar nominations, including 3 for Rahman. He was nominated in the Best Original Score and Best Song categories for ‘O Saaya’ and ‘Jai Ho’ respectively, of which he won two awards each for ‘O Saaya’ and ‘Jai Ho’.

The composer was overwhelmed and interspersed his speech with Hindi as well as Tamil after receiving the coveted trophy here on Sunday. “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.

This honour comes as recognition of popular Indian cinema in the West that for long has shunned Indian movies as too long and too full of song-and-dance sequences. Rahman’s exuberant score has shattered all those perceptions, and shown that the West likes the sound of India.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is having a sweeping win at the Oscars, currently on in Los Angeles. The much acclaimed flick won eight awards in all, which include- ‘Best Direction’, ‘Best Original Score’, ‘Best Song’, ‘Best Sound Mixing’, ‘Best Editing’ ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ and ‘Best Cinematography’.

source : http://www.zeenews.com/

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