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Bhushan Kumar: Rahman has finally got his due
February 23, 2009 3:11:32 PM IST Rachana, Bollywood Trade News Network
BHUSHAN KUMAR and A.R.RAHMAN
Hurray!!! Its celebration time for India. As our music mogul, the man of the moment, A R Rahman has done it. The maestro has become the first Indian music composer to win the coveted Oscar. And that too, 2 Oscars for a film (one for Best Original Score and another for Best Song 'Jai Ho'). This was for the first time that an Indian had won more than one nomination in the history of Oscars and bagged the prestigious award.
After having won various accolades including the Golden Globe & the BAFTA's, all hopes were pinned on Rahman's winning Oscars. Now that he has brought home the coveted trophy, it's a dream come true not only for the music maestro but also for billions of people back home, who've been waiting eagerly for Rahman to get the award.
Definitely we all are proud and happy of Rahman's success but one such company who is extremely elated and struggling hard to contain its excitement for Rahman is the music giant T-series who were also a part of the SLUMDOG team.
"We trust Rahman to the core."
We know it's a big moment for T-series as the SLUMDOG music rights are owned by them. So we had a quick speak to the head honcho of T-series Mr. Bhushan Kumar. How confident was he and his team about the music, did he ever in his wildest of dreams, thought of it becoming such a rage across the world sweeping maximum awards? ''When it's Rahman in the picture you will never give a second thought. Or ever question about its music. By default it has to be the best. Secondly when SLUMDOG came it was Rahman who gave us the music rights which he had. So I bought the rights on Rahman's recommendation. Our association with Rahman is from long time and we trust him to the core,'' explained Bhushan,
On asking about their association and being successful as a good omen, Bhushan, now being more proud about the associations said, ''Actually both of us are lucky to have each other. We feel highly proud to have associated with Rahman. Our trust factor will always remain on him.''
After SLUMDOG winning the Oscar, in what way it will create a difference to the music giant T-series considering its already existing prominent status in the music scene? How would it affect the company in carrying forward the legacy of providing great music? Replies Bhushan in an energized tone,'' Our music sales have always been good. But I feel now it will go beyond. It will greatly affect our value. People across the world know about SLUMDOG, its music so in a way it will create a high repute for our company amongst them too. They will easily relate to our name.''
So, how does Bhushan plan to celebrate the BIG achievement? Says Bhushan, ''At the moment we don't know in what way we express our joy. All we can say is that we are extremely happy and feeling lucky to be a part of SLUMDOG. It's absolutely a proud moment for all of us.'' And Bhushan's feeling for Rahman's success, ''I am extremely thankful to him (A R Rahman) for having trusted us. He is a genius. He is finally getting all his dues for the amount of hardwork and efforts he has put in all these years.''