Ismail Darbar accuses that the Oscars to Rahman were bought

Mumbai, May 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) With accusations and counter accusations of match fixing running rampant in the cricket circuit in recent years, a similar kind of fixing allegation has come to strike the world of entertainment also. In an unfortunate piece of development, Ismail Darbar one of Bollywood’s music composers and violinist has alleged that the Oscars attributed to the leading music composer A.R Rahman were also pre-arranged and fixed as part of a deal; in other words they were bought by the noted maestro who made use of his skills and contacts.

The renowned composer, singer and musician with worldwide credibility, has several awards of international fame to boast of including Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA. Acclaimed for his adept fusion of eastern classical with occidental symphony, Rahman happens to be the proud winner of Oscar at the eighty first academy awards in 2009. With Christian Colson’s Slum dog Millionaire sweeping the mentioned ceremony, A.R Rahman who happened to be the film’s musical backbone was also graced with two Oscars for the composition of his phenomenal “Jai Ho…” number. Rahman hit it off in the categories of the best “original score” and that of the best “theme song”. As expected, Bollywood was unequivocal in glorifying the talented composer who happened to be the first musician from India to win the prestigious Academy Award. It was indeed a proud moment for the entire nation as he became only the third Indian after Satyajit Ray and Bhanu Atthaya to have won the coveted honor. Incidentally in 2011 the southern maestro was yet again nominated to the coveted category for Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”.

One wonders why Ismail Darbar’s accusation about Rahman making use of P.R skills to bag the Academy Awards, comes after a long span of two years. The composer has also accused Rahman of stealing the renowned tune of “Jai Ho” claiming that he has substantial proof that it was not Rahman’s own creation. Interestingly, despite claiming to be having enough grounds to substantiate his claim he could not come up with any evidence while talking to one of the tabloids. Moreover his allegation that the officials involved in decision making were bribed seems to be equally baseless because no evidence has been extended to back it up. Except saying that the song had nothing unique or exceptional to win the Oscars he could not back up his arguments as to the use of underhand designs.

Others from the industry including Lalit Pandit and one of Rahman’s own team of musicians came in support of the southern maestro. Rahman nearly had to say that Oscar could not be bought or transacted.

Ismail Darbar who made it big with “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” seems to be motivated by publicity gimmicks, despite arguing on the contrary. Defaming someone without any evidential support comes as a childish gesture on a seasoned professional’s part. Other than creating sensational ripples it is of little possibility that the said accusation will be treated with seriousness. The latter’s affirmation that he would not have been surprised had Rahman won the Oscars for Roja and Bombay indirectly hints at his insecure admiration for the former.