Everyone had high expectations from A R Rahman at the Oscars after he became the first Indian to win a Golden Globe award for his Background Score in Slumdog Millionaire. But not only has A R Rahman got an Academy Award Nomination but he has got 3 nominations at the Oscars with Best Music (Score) for Slumdog Millionaire, Best Music (song) for Jai Ho song of Slumdog Millionaire and Best Music (song) for O Saya song of Slumdog Millionaire. He has a very high chance of winning in both the categories. He has already won the Background Score at the Golden Globe Award which is regarded as a preview to the Oscars. And in the other category Best Music (song) he has got two nominations out of the three nominations in the category and will only need to compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman for their song “Down to Earth” in “Wall E”. In two of his nominations namely Best Music (song) for “Jai Ho” and Best Music (song) for “O Saya”, he shares the nomination with Gulzar (who has penned the lyrics of Jai Ho) and Maya Arulpragasam (who has penned the lyrics of O Saya with Rahman) respectively. Rahman was elated with the three nominations saying he had never expected three nominations but the “King of Indian Music” remained humble as ever. Rahman was with his family at his home in Chennai when the nominations were announced and he said that he was feeling on top of the world after the nominations. Rahman could not attend the Indian premiere of Slumdog Millionaire in Mumbai as he had to give the final touches to the musical score of Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6. He thanked all Indians for the love and prayers bestowed upon him. He also thanked all the technicians, musicians and all those who have been a part of his music throughout the years. He was grateful to God and he thanked the Almighty for his success. He also congratulated and thanked the whole team of Slumdog Millionaire and hoped that he might bring India’s first Oscar. The whole team of Slumdog Millionaire and the whole of Bollywood were also thrilled with Rahman’s nominations and Irrfan Khan (who was also part of the movie) said that he hoped A R Rahman wins one Oscar at least, lyricist Gulzar also said that A R Rahman should win an award while Hrithik Roshan simply bowed to show his respect to A R Rahman. There were many others like Shabani Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Ila Arun (who sung Ringa Ringa with Alka Yagnik), Sukhvinder Singh (who sung Jai Ho), filmmaker Yash Chopra, Anil Kapoor (who was the anchor of the show in the movie) and Preity Zinta who also congratulated A R Rahman for the nominations.
We all Indians also congratulate the versatile genius and hope that he brings at least one Oscar and if possible two. Jai Ho Rahman, Jai Ho Danny Boyle and Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire.
After an incredible show at the Golden Globes with four Golden Globes to its name, Slumdog Millionaire seems all set to sweep the Oscars too. The movie has now picked 10 Oscar nominations which is just next to the Hollywood biggie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with 13 nominations. However, most critics accept that Slumdog Millionaire’s chances at winning more Oscars are quite high as compared to Benjamin Button due to its great overall performance. The nominations were announced hours before the Indian premiere of the move in Mumbai. The whole of Slumdog crew were thrilled at the Oscar nominations and they started dancing in the premiere in Mumbai. The movie has released today and as I have seen the great movie (I have already written its review a week ago) I advise everybody to watch this great movie at the theaters. Great going Slumdog Millionaire and an awesome movie indeed. Here are the exact nominations in detail:
Producer : Christian Colson
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Music (Score)
A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)
Anthony Dod Mantle (by Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Film Editing
Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Music (song)
Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
Best Music (song)
O Saya (Slumdog Millionaire)
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam
Best Sound Editing
Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Sound Mixing
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope Slumdog Millionaire bags the most Academy Award wins this year. Great movie with an awesome script by an awesome director and hope it gets its due in the Oscars.
Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman have been getting accolades worldwide due to the performance and music in their movie Slumdog Millionaire. However, it seems that they are facing a few problems in their own country with many people opposing the film saying it has depicted the wrong face of India. I have seen the movie and I guarantee that the movie does not depict India in the wrong manner. Danny Boyle, the director of the movie is a very noble person at heart and he would never even think of degrading India or any country for that matter. But another problem has surfaced even before the movie’s release in India on January 23. Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, general secretary of Slum-dwellers Joint Action Committee, has filed a defamation case against Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman alleging that the film Slumdog Millionaire has depicted slum-dwellers in a bad taste by using the title Slumdog and thereby calling Indian dogs. He also said that he has already approached the national and state human rights commission about it. While posting the case for hearing on February 5, chief judicial magistrate Raghvendra Kumar Singh directed Vishwakarma to produce evidence in support of his complaint.
It is indeed pathetic that many Indians do not realize and notice on what context any word is used. Even before the film has released in India many people (mostly uneducated people eager for fame) started lambasting it without even seeing how India has been portrayed in the movie. But many say all kinds of controversies are good for any movie and hope it would be the same for this movie too. I wish that this brilliant movie gets its due in India too as it has around the world.
Delhi 6 title song promo featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. In this song, Sonam transforms into a hot Delhi girl from a conservative girl. The music of this Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (of Rang De Basanti fame) is given by A R Rahman. This new title song is quite different from the older softer numbers of Masakalli and Maula. The song remind a bit of rock music and Delhi 6 might turn out to be another musical hit of A R Rahman.
The results of the Nokia 15th Annual Star Screen awards managed to surprise many people. Aamir Khan’s Ghajini did not bag any big award except the best debutant by Asin Thottumkal. This got huge criticism on all quarters in Bollywood and most people thought that Aamir Khan should have won the best actor award for his awesome performance in Ghajini. The following are the results of the star screen awards 2009.
Ashutosh Gowariker – Jodhaa Akbar
Neeraj Pandey – A Wednesday!
Best Actor (Male)
Hrithik Roshan – Jodhaa Akbar
Best Actor (Female)
Priyanka Chopra – Fashion
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Arjun Rampal – Rock On!!
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Shahana Goswami – Rock On!!
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male/Female)
Akshaye Khanna – Race
Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female)
Tusshar Kapoor – Golmaal Returns
Best Background Music
A. R. Rahman – Jodhaa Akbar
A. R. Rahman – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
Best Playback Singer (Male)
KK – Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shilpa Rao – Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Anvita Dutt Guptan – Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Most Promising Newcomer (Male)
Farhan Akhtar – Rock On!!
Most Promising Newcomer (Female)
Asin Thottumkal – Ghajini
Neeraj Pandey – A Wednesday!
Shiraz Ahmed – Race
Best Art Direction
Best Popular Actor Award
Akshay Kumar – Singh Is Kinng
Best Popular Actress Award
Aishwarya Rai – Jodhaa Akbar
Best Animation Film
John Abraham – Abhishek Bachchan (Dostana)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ramnath Goenka Award
Although Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, A R Rahman and the movie’s crew has been revolving in everybody’s mind after the exceptional performance of the Hollywood movie but Bollywood’s own King Khan has also made his presence felt at the function. Shahrukh Khan became the first Indian to present a Golden Globe award when he announced the nomination of Slumdog Millionaire for the Best Motion Picture – Drama. He was extremely confident throughout his speech as he congratulated Danny Boyle, A R Rahman and thanked Hollywood for appreciating India and Bollywood so much. Shahrukh was present at the award function with his wife Gauri Khan and friend and director Karan Johar. SRK looked cool in a black suit and it was indeed a proud moment for all Indians and the whole of Bollywood when he walked the Golden Globe stage with Freida Pinto (female lead in Slumdog Millionaire) to present the award. The whole crowd cheered Shahrukh as he walked on stage and Danny Boyle and the Slumdog Millionaire crew were especially excited with King Khan’s presence. The announcer at the Golden Globe awards presented King Khan as the King of Bollywood making Hollywood accept SRK even more graciously.
India and Bollywood was highly acknowledged at the award function. This is what Karan Johar had to say about the function
t was absolutely a fantastic experience being in a room full of such talented people. What dignity and grace they displayed. More than anything else, it was the mutual respect and admiration that they showed for each other’s work. There is so much to imbibe from them. We obviously felt great pride when AR Rahman’s name was announced. In fact, I got goosebumps when he went up to receive his award. What I noticed was that India and Indian movies are fast emerging as something that truly interests the western world. Every one present there, from Angelina Jolie to Steven Spielberg seemed to be curious about India. To think, a talent like Rahman might do well on a global platform but still comes back to the country and continues doing admirable work within the country. I think that is absolutely admirable. Shah Rukh and I felt great just being in a room full of people like Steven Spielberg. It was a privilege.
Great going Bollywood and great going India!
The music of Abhishek Bachan and Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming movie Delhi 6 seems to be entering into the minds and hearts of the Indian people. A R Rahman whose music has trascended international boundaries and won Golden Globe awards today has given the music of this movie. The music is turning out to be very popular (anyways I cannot remember any music composed by A R Rahman going unnoticed) and the song Maskalli is always spearing ahead in all music charts. This is the next song Maula which is a very soft melodious number and hope it will also become popular soon.
A R Rahman created history by becoming the first Bollywood musician to win a Golden Globe award. He won the Golden Globe for best original score for Slumdog Millionaire. The “Mozart of Music” has proved himself once again and he has also proved that music transcends beyond boundaries. He remained simple as always and gave a small one minute speech where he thanked the billion Indian citizens. Slumdog Millionaire also won three other awards making it the movie with the highest awards this year at the Golden Globe. Great going Rahmanji and Slumdog Millionaire and hope it would sweep the Oscars too.
Shahrukh Khan became the first Indian to present an award at the Golden Globe awards. He was addressed as the King of Bollywood in the glorious award ceremony which is regarded as a preview of the Oscars. He addressed that Bollywood and the Indian film fraternity has been growing closer to Hollywood year on year and hoped that it would continue to become even closer in the future. He also thanked Danny Boyle, A R Rahman for the wonder film – Slumdog Millionaire.
A R Rahman won the Best Original Score – Motion Picture, Slumdog Millionaire won the Best Motion Picture – Drama, Danny Boyle won Best Director – Motion Picture and Simon Beaufoy won Best Screenplay – Motion Picture as Slumdog Millionaire swept the Golden Globe awards with 4 awards. It was the highest number of awards won by any movie at the Golden Globe this year. It was incredible that it won all four awards for which it was nominated. It was great to see how the whole of Hollywood fraternity stood up in respect when Danny Boyle, A R Rahman or anybody of the Slumdog Millionaire crew went to accept the awards. The whole of Hollywood showed how much they respect this great movie.
For Indians who are not much aware, I would like to inform that Golden Globe awards is the next big awards to Oscars and regarded by many as a preview of the Oscars. The best picture winners of the Golden Globe has almost always managed to grab similar recognition at the Oscars too. So, this year Slumdog Millionaire might sweep the Oscars too. I sincerely believe that Slumdog Millionaire deserves every award that it has got and I wish that it would conquer new heights in Hollywood and world cinema. I have watch Slumdog Millionaire just yesterday and I will post the review very soon if possible today itself. I have cherished every minute of the movie and I am sure you will also cherish the great movie when it releases in India on Jaunary 23.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan was also invited on the occasion where he thanked Hollywood and praised Slumdog Millionaire. Bollywood and Hollywood has become closer day by day and it is great to see the largest film industries in the world coming so close to each other. Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and the whole crew of Slumdog was present as the best motion picture drama award was given.
I would also like to mention that the director of the movie Danny Boyle thanked India, Mumbai, the Indian masses and all the whole Indian crew including Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and other great actors. A R Rehman also said that his award for the best Best Original Score – Motion Picture was the win of a billion Indian people. I was really enriched by his as well as Danny Boyle’s humility. Great going Danny Boyle, A R Rehman and the whole crew of Slumdog Millionaire and hope that you rock the Oscars too.