Bollywood overjoyed at Rahman’s winJanuary 13th, 2009 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) The whole of Bollywood, including the Bachchans, Gulzar and Javed Akhtar, have reacted with joy to A.R. Rahman winning the coveted Golden Globe awards for his musical score “Jai Ho” in “Slumdog Millionaire” and they feel this is just the beginning for many more international awards to come for the talented composer.Aishwarya Rai: This is absolutely fantastic news. Superb in the superlative. Heartiest congratulations to Rahman. He’s truly blessed. An incredible talent, a wonderful soul and has always been and will be the pride of our country.
Pritam Chakraborty: Wow! I was kind of expecting this. Congratulations to him. It’s a proud moment for any Indian specially the music fraternity. I pray that it’s just the beginning for him.”
Amitabh Bachchan: Congratulations. A reward most deserving.
Abhishek Bachchan: What a glorious moment for him. He continues to make us proud. I’m very lucky to have worked with him in “Yuva”, “Guru” and “Delhi 6″. My congratulations to him.
Gulzar: It’s the horse that has won the race. The one riding the horse was Rahman. My lyrics for “Jai Ho” were just the lagaam (rein) for the horse. Rahman has always been a clutter-breaker. He broke the antara-mukhda-antara (stanza-intro-stanza) mould in Hindi film songs. Now he has broken into the international arena. I’m working with him on the new Mani Ratnam project “Ravan”. As always it’s a pleasure. All I can say for Rahman is, “Jai ho”.
Bappi Lahiri: It’s a great honour for Bollywood. We’re all proud of Rahman. God bless him.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: I guess on the way to the Oscars he has picked up a Golden Globe. The best thing about his music in “Slumdog Millionaire” is that his work in the film is so revolutionary and potent, he made the jury’s job easier. God bless Rahman for bringing India back on the cultural world-map. This will pave the way for bigger things from him and from our country.
Javed Akhtar: I’m thrilled, happy and proud, but not at all surprised. It’s inevitable for a genius like Rahman to get international acclaim.
Shekhar Ravjiani: Rahman is a genius. The music of “Slumdog Millionaire” is outstanding. It deserves every award on this planet. I’m extremely happy for him.
Udit Narayan: I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rahman many times. In fact, I had sung for “Lagaan” that had his music. He’s a fine human being and composer. I always say good things happen to good people. This honour that he has brought to the country proves it. Today when I have cut down on my singing, but he’s one of the composers I’d want to sing for even if I would stop singing.
Ashutosh Gowariker: Rahman and I have worked together in “Lagaan” and “Swades”. We’re now doing “What’s Your Raashee”. In one word he is fantastic! He’s a trailblazer. I’m so very proud of him and too thrilled. And his speech at the Golden Globe ceremony was superb, short, sweet and full of gratitude for his fans. Wow! I’ll exhale only when I meet him.
Sunidhi Chauhan: When I heard Rahman saab had won a Golden Globe, it didn’t register for a while. It took me time to understand what he has done. I’m too too happy to say anything. I haven’t sung too many songs from him. Recently, I sang a Hindi song for him in an English-language film. Singing a Rahman composition is a privilege. I’m glad the West is realising his worth.
Shreya Ghosal: I’m extremely happy and thrilled to hear this. It’s a huge achievement. I’m very proud of Rahman sir. This is just the beginning for him.
Farhan Akhtar: I’m very happy for him. The recognition is truly deserved. Congratulations to Rahman and Danny Boyle.
Vishal Bharadwaj: Things just won’t stop here for Rahman. The genius shall now bring an Oscar for us.
Bipasha Basu: He’s an absolute genius. He deserves every award. And the applause he’s getting globally is richly deserved. I feel immense pride.
Anand Raj Anand: He deserves it. He’s the only music director who got opportunities to work with big banners and super talented directors. I wish him many many more achievements.
Sameer Anjaan: It’s a proud moment for every Indian. I’m lucky to have worked with him. He deserves much more.
Himesh Reshammiya: He deserves it. He’s my favourite.
Kunal Ganjawala: This is just the beginning of many more international awards to come for Rahman.