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AR Rahman Created a History

January 13, 2009

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ wins four Golden Globe awards
In a fairy tale that mirrors its own narrative, a little movie from Britain — about a poor Indian kid who gets on a game show to win a girl’s heart and ends up winning a fortune — has won big at what is the world’s second-biggest movie awards show. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was nominated for four Golden Globes, in adapted screenplay, direction, original score and best dramatic movie categories. It has swept all four awards. A R Rahman, one of India’s most prolific music directors, has won for his work in the film.

Created history on Sunday night by winning the Golden Globe Award

AR RAHMAN Created history on Sunday night by winning the Golden Globe Award

   Rahman’s impact on Indian popular music has been tremendous. He composes across genres, from swing to pop to rousing anthems and semi-classical tunes and is known for high technology. He rose from scoring for Tamil movies to composing for big-budget stage productions abroad like ‘Bombay Dreams’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In his debut with ‘Roja’ in 1991, Rahman lifted Indian movie music out of the doldrums it had fallen into in the eighties. He represented a break from the past in more ways than one, trained as he is in Indian and western classical forms. Building on the work of other south Indian masters like Ilayaraja, Rahman brought innovation and improvisation to the music industry. Once christened the ‘Mozart of Madras’ by ‘Time’ magazine, this latest recognition might presage an Oscar, which would be a worthy tribute to a master musician.
   A critical and commercial success, ‘Slumdog’ has proven that it is possible for films about India to do well globally, and not just within the NRI community. With India’s rising international profile, interest in the country and the Indian way of life is high. British director Danny Boyle has taken the typical Bollywood movie formula, complete with song and dance, and improved upon it to enormous success. Now the movie is considered to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination for best film and will be a favourite to win the coveted trophy.
   Partly in Hindi, the movie is an uplifting tale, but manages to balance fantasy with a stark look at the life of the urban poor in India. It is this balancing act that seems to have touched a chord in audiences abroad. There’s no reason why more film-makers cannot take a leaf out of Boyle’s book and adapt the formulaic Bollywood song and dance extravaganza to something logically consistent even if fanciful. – by TOI

AR Rahman becomes first person of Indian descent to win a Golden Globe Award.

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