Monday February 1, 2010
Double Grammy for A R Rahman
No point in stating the obvious, since the news sites have carried it adequately – AFP and NDTV. But, this double-win should put to rest the murmurs that Slumdog Millionaire’s score is ‘not one of Rahman’s best’. I’ve heard it being said so many times, every time someone started the Oscar topic – and I tend to agree too – but only partly. The point is, we see the score from our Indian perspective but stubbornly refuse to see it from anybody else’s point of view. Perhaps, we Indians do not know how to see it any other way. The truth here is that Rahman’s undiscovered gems – undiscovered by the West, that is – may remain undiscovered forever and may not win him multiple Oscar/ Grammys in the future. Simple reason? They were scored with us Indians in mind.
Today is as momentous an occasion as the Oscars morning for India, last year. I just hope Rahman doesn’t fritter away the opportunity on films like Couples Retreat which have absolutely no scope for decent music and the soundtrack proved that too. I wish this Grammy gives him access to better directors who value his music and create scripts to include Rahman’s music as an integral part of their narrative. Clichéd, but…Jai Ho…again!