Ismail Darbar, who has taken open war with A R Rahman, tells us that the Oscar-winning composer also steals credits
At a press conference in Nagpur, music director Ismail Darbar decided to flip open a Pandora's box full of secrets to set the mountain on fire.
He accused internationally acclaimed film composer, A R Rahman for having bribed the Academy officials.
Rahman received two Oscars in 2008 Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his music in Slumdog Millionaire.
Darbar speaking exclusively to Mid-day on what prompted him to make such an outrageous statement ends up making many more against Rahman...
Jai Ho is stolen
"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.
Also, I would like to add that the songs, that he claims to have composed, are not even his! He is just a fantastic salesperson.
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 Rathnam know about it.
But none of them have the guts to come out and speak up, because Rahman is a big name. If he has guts, let him come out and prove me wrong.
I have proofs of him having stolen credit from someone else. I can show those proofs if need be.
Even when Devdas and Saathiya were up for National Awards for music, Saathiya, the music for which is composed by Rahman, won.
First of all, a dubbed movie is never given National Awards. Then, how did Saathiya get it? It is not that I am talking now. I have wanted to talk about this forever. It is just that no one ever asked me about it."
AR has been sincere
Vijay Iyer, one of Rahman's team member laughs at these allegations. He says, "If somebody wants to comment on Rahman, they can. It is a free country.
AR has been sincere to his fans and his music since the last twenty years.
If someone says he has bought the Oscars, how does he explain his Oscar nomination for 127 Hours? We are all proud of everything that he has done."