The year 2009 saw the Indian composer A R Rahman win two Oscars in a row on the same night. That was one of the proudest moments for we Indians. But now, Bollywood music director, Esmail Darbar has accused Oscar-winning composer of bribing Academy officials and of stealing compositions.
At a recent press conference in Nagpur, Ismail Darbar went on to say that A R Rahman did not deserve the Oscars for his score in Slumdog Millionaire. Darbar has gone on to claim to a tabloid that the Oscar winning song “Jai Ho!” is not Rahman’s composition but has been stolen by him.
“Rahman is a very good businessman, he knows how to handle his public relations. I will yet again say that he has bought the Oscar,” Darbar was quoted as saying.
“I have proof that Jai Ho is not his. It has been done by someone else. All the big film-makers like Subhash Ghai, Mani Ratnam know about it,” he added.
In response Rahman, who likes to keep a low profile, has politely denied having bought the Oscars.