Esmail Darbar accuses A R Rahman of theft
Music director Esmail Darbar claims Oscar-winning tune Jai Ho is not an original work
Published: 12:28 May 31, 2011
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Esmail Darbar and A. R. Rahman
Dubai: Bollywood music director Esmail Darbar has accused Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman of bribing Academy officials and of stealing compositions.
In a report in Tuesday's edition of the Indian tabloid Mid Day that the Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam composer also claims that he has proof that the Oscar-winning tune Jai Ho is not an original work.
"Rahman is a very good businessman, he knows how to handle his public relations. I will yet again say that he has bought the Oscar," Darbar was quoted as saying.
"I have proof that Jai Ho is not his. It has been done by someone else. All the big film-makers like Subhash Ghai, Mani Ratnam know about it," he added.
Though the music maestro hasn't responded to Darbar's allegations, Vijay Iyer, a member of his musical team, has come out in support of him.
"If someone says he has bought the Oscars, how does he explain his Oscar nomination for 127 Hours? We are all proud of everything that he has done," Iyer was quoted in the same daily.
Rahman received two Oscars in 2009 -- Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his music in Slumdog Millionaire. In 2011, he was also nominated in the same categories for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours.
The Chennai-based music director is one of the most in-demand composers in India today.