Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Golden Globe Honour for A.R. Rahman

Music Director A.R.Rahman became the first Indian to win the Golden Globe, for Best Original Music Score. Slumdog Millionaire, a British movie with Indian backdrop, has emerged the big winner at the 66th Golden Globes. In addition to A.R.Rahman, the film won three more awards including Best Motion Picture- Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s novel Q and A, the film portrays the story of an orphan, Jamal, who goes on to win the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" to win his love back. The film stars Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor as the Millionaire show host and British Indian Dev Patel in the lead role of Jamal.

A.R.Rahman made every Indian and Tamilan proud by achieving such an international recognition. A.R.Rahman's journey commenced in the early nineties with Mani Ratnam's successful movie "Roja", a film based on terrorism in Kashmir. He might have started off his career in style with the song "Chinna Chinna Aasai" (meaning "little wishes" in Tamil), but he ended up fulfulling bigger wishes of the Indian community.

He successfully captured Kollywood and his movies with Mani Ratnam and Shankar were outstanding. He went on to capture the imagination of Hindi fans in Bollywood. The Tamil people used to say "Ilayaraja made Tamil people make a shift from Hindi music to Tamil music, while A.R. Rahman made Bollywood listen to Tamil songs". Now, it seems he will make Hollywood listen to him. Let us hope the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" have some impact on the Oscar awards too and A.R.Rahman will lay his hands on the prestigious Oscar award.

A.R.Rahman, you made us proud! Keep going!

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