'Jai Ho' belongs to everyone, says Rahman

Rahman oscars

Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman refused to comment on the Congress getting the rights of 'Jai Ho' from Hollywood film 'Slumdog Millionaire' for using in Lok Sabha poll campaigns, but said the song belonged to everyone.

Asked for his comments on the Congress using the song, Rahman told reporters, "I do not want to answer. But Jai Ho belongs to everyone."

Rahman, who won the Oscar for the best original song for 'Jai Ho' with Gulzar, said the awards had brought more respect and recognition to Indian music.

Rahman, who was here to announce the 'Jai Ho A R Rahman Live' in Kozhikode on May 3, said Oscars give great respect. Now world knows that a composer from here has won Oscar. The talent has been recognised, he added.

On portraying Indian slums in the film, he felt every country had dark sides. "We find solutions when we express it. Two of the slum kids have walked the red carpet. The dark side was not blown out of proportion," he opined.

On whether he had plans to shift to Hollywood post Oscars, Rahman said he would first concentrate on previous commitments and finish them.

Asked if he would be composing music for next Bond film, he said David Arnold was the permanent composer of Bond films.

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