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#Riposte: A R Rahman responds to Fatwa issued against him over Prophet film. It’s classy.


Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman says he has no intention to offend any religious group after a fatwa was issued against the Oscar and Grammy-winner over his role in a new film about the life of Prophet Muhammed.

The Mumbai-based Sunni Muslim organization Raza Academy, has condemned ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’, a £20 million Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi and scored by Rahman.

The film shows Muhammad as a teenager and as a baby – depictions which are seen as taboo by many Muslims, in particular Sunni Muslims.

One cleric also criticized the fact the film has many non-Muslim actors.

On Monday, Rahman – who was brought up Hindu but later converted to Islam, his mother’s religion – took to his Facebook page to defend his decision to create the music for the film.

He said: “This letter is for all those people, who have been aware of the recent events concerning me.  I'm not a scholar of Islam.  I follow the middle path and am part of traditionalist and part rationalist.  I live in the western and eastern worlds and try to love all people for what they are, without judging them.  I didn’t direct or produce the movie 'Muhammad (PBUH), Messenger Of God.'.  I just did the music.

“My decision to compose the music for this film was made in good faith with no intentions of causing offence,” he added.

Rahman also cited Indian democracy:  “We are indeed fortunate and blessed to live in a country like India where religious freedom is practiced and where the aim of all communities is to live in peace and harmony sans confusion and violence.  Let us set a precedent in clearing conflict with grace and dignity and not trigger violence in words or actions.”

‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’ chronicles the prophet’s life from birth to his early teen years and is believed to be the first part of a trilogy of films.

Have a look at the trailer for the film:

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#Competition: Win a pair of VIP Tickets to see A R Rahman at London’s O2!

Double Grammy and Oscar-winner A R Rahman is returning to London this month, five long years after he last took to the stage in the capital.

The maestro will perform at The O2 arena in southeast London on 15 August.

Rahman will be joined on stage by a host of special guests, including Shweta Mohan, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Srinivas and Karthik.

“The UK always brings back fond memories of working on landmark projects in my career and it's good to be back again after five years”, Rahman says.

Now YOU have a chance to win a pair of exclusive tickets to the gig. 

And it’s not just any run-of-the-mill ticket.

Winners will also get access to the prestigious O2 VIP lounge and access to the After Party at the Brooklyn Bowl where you can hob-nob with the stars and catch up with maestro Rahman himself!

To be in with a chance to win one of these amazing ticket packages, answer the following question.

Madras born genius A R Rahman has written and scored music for scores of award-winning films in India and beyond. 

Name two OSCAR-NOMINATED films scored by A R Rahman during his glittering career, besides Slumdog Millionaire.

Send your answer to info@ukasiaonline.com for a chance to win. 

The winner will be announced 13th August.

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Rahman to compose for Oympic opening ceremony

With Danny Boyle creating what is set to be a weird and wonderful opening ceremony for the London Olympics, it was only appropriate that the British filmmaker would call on his Slumdog collaborator for the opening gambit of London 2012. Boyle has confirmed that Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman will …

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