A.R. Rahman and the Oscar fever

Gorgeous red carpets, flashing cameras, an ecstatic downpour of international stardust – the Oscars have finally arrived!!! The envelopes have been sealed, the red carpet has been rolled out and the Oscars have just begun.

A.R. Rahman and the Oscar fever

A.R. Rahman and the Oscar fever

Every one, right from the funky cameramen behind us to the porcelain-blondes parading the red carpet, are keeping their fingers crossed for the Academy to unveil its favourites for this year.

While the international glitterati are up for another round of nail-biting Oscar night, back home, India is looking forward to a fabulous, first-ever Indian Oscar night. Thanks to A.R. Rahman and Slumdog Millionaire, the Oscar fever has really struck root in Indian hearts. All eyes in India are eagerly waiting to watch dear Rahman clutch the most-coveted trophy on the planet.

A.R. Rahman has three nominations for the Oscars, all for the internationally-favourite flick, Slumdog Millionaire. He has one nomination in the ‘Best Original Score’ category and two nominations in the ‘Best Original Song’ category for the compositions ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘O…Saya’.

Rahman, a prolific and sure-hit composer in India, has become an international celebrity, a red carpet regular with Slumdog Millionaire. The maestro’s profile grew steadily in the West after scoring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bollywood-themed stage musical Bombay Dreams in 2002. Though he has worked on several movies of international repute like Shekar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Slumdog Millionaire is the first movie to earn him international recognition. First it was the Golden Globe, next, the BAFTA and now, the Oscars.

Ask him why he wants to win at the Oscars. He lets out his usual, shy smile and says in a rather humble manner, “It would be a great honour and would help me do bigger things.” What are those bigger things? Working with his favourite names in Hollywood like Baz Luhrman and Ridley Scott.

A national hero back home, his passion for his homeland is phenomenal. The ‘Vande Mataram’ man beams with pride when he says, “If I win, I’ll take the Oscar to the billion people of my country.”

With the whole world gearing up for the Oscars, has Rahman got his acceptance speech ready? “Not yet,” he chuckles. His schedule in Los Angeles has been packed with meetings, including a performance of ‘Jai Ho’ at Jay Leno’s show and filming a Pussycat Dolls remix of the same song.

With every one back home rooting for Rahman’s Oscar, this year’s Academy Awards would indeed be a dream night for India if ARR steals the show and clutches the 24-carat gold Oscar man.

Good luck Rahman! All our prayers are with you! So join us in our prayers supporting ARR and say ‘Jai Ho’ from the bottom of your hearts, hoping that top favourite Slumdog Millionaire with 10 nominations, becomes top dog at the Oscars!

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