‘The wrong movies are being submitted for the Oscars’, why did AR Rahman make such a big statement?

At the 2023 Oscars Ceremony, Indian films were broadcasted strongly. RRR’s songs ‘Natu-Natu’ and ‘The Elephant Whispers’ won the title of Oscar Award and once again lit up the country’s name all over the world. Meanwhile, an interview by AR Rahman, who has won two Oscars, came to light, in which he said that the wrong films are being sent from India for the Oscars.

During the interview, L Subramaniam asked AR Rahman how the old way of composing music with multiple musicians and orchestras changed, to which Rahman replied, “It’s due to the development of technology. Previously, there were only eight tracks for a movie, because I come from a jingle background, so I had 16 tracks and I could do a lot with them.

AR Rahman further said: “The orchestra was expensive, but all the big instruments got smaller. This gave me plenty of time to experiment and fail. Nobody knows my failure, they have only seen my success because it all happened inside the studio. So I got freedom thanks to home studies.

He said: “He gave me a lot of freedom to experiment… Of course we all need money, but beyond that, he had a passion.” I mean the West is doing it, why can’t we? When we listen to their music, why can’t they listen to ours? I wonder how there can be better production, better quality, better distribution and mastering… that continues to inspire me”.

AR Rahman said that sometimes I see our movies get to the Oscars, but they don’t get awards. The wrong movies are being submitted for the Oscars. I think this should not be done at all. We have to think from the perspective of the other person. I have to think like a western country to see what is happening here. We should think our way while staying in our place. Please say that this is an old interview that was filmed in January.

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