AR Rahman reacts to 'Hosanna' controversy

Ek Deewana Tha

AR Rahman made news with his latest compositions in the film 'Ek Deewana Tha', however an excess of anything can spell doom, and the same is the case with the track 'Hosanna' which has been making waves in the music world.

While on one hand the track has been growing in popularity with each passing day, on the other hand, a certain group from the Christian Secular Forum (CSF) in Mumbai have raised a strong objection to the use of the word 'Hosanna', which apparently is a sacred term used within prayer songs. It is learnt that the word 'Hosanna' is a prayer in the Bible that is used by both Jews and Christians. While in the film, the same word is used in a song and dance sequence where a guy is proposing to his girl.

Clarifying about the outrage the song has caused composer Rahman said, "As with any film project I work on, I had spent several months researching before composing/writing all the songs for 'Ek Dewaana Tha' and had consulted friends who are Christian in particular about the use of the word 'Hosanna' in this song. The song was a sensation when it was released in the South a couple of years ago and it went on to win all possible music awards and was well received by all communities! Therefore I am deeply concerned about the sentiments of all those who appear to be hurt by this song."

Further lyricist Javed Akhtar added saying, "When we write lyrics with great composers such as Mr. Rahman, who is one of the most respectable human beings I have had the pleasure of working with, the intention is never to insult any religion, why would we?"

The spokesperson from the production house, Fox Star Studios says, "Our organisation, our music partners Sony Music Entertainment, our Producers and all of us are responsible organisations and our view is that more often than not creativity, freedom of speech and expression in art form are stifled by some people who have their own agendas. We have replied to Mr. Joseph Dias of CSF today by letter."

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