AR Rahman, one of India’s top musicians, shared his thoughts on the selection of movies that India sends to the Oscars.
The Indian film industry is ecstatic over the Oscars wins of Rajamouli’s “RRR’s Naatu Naatu” and Guneet Monga’s “The Elephant Whisperers.” AR Rahman, a Grammy and Academy Award winner, talked about his own experience of winning awards and expressed his opinions on the type of films that India submits as its official entry to the Oscars.
During an interview with L Subramaniam, AR Rahman stated, “Sometimes, I see that our movies reach the Oscars, but they don’t win. The wrong movies are being sent to the Oscars, and I feel like saying ‘DON’T.’ We need to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. I have to be in a Westerner’s shoes to understand what’s happening there. And I have to be in my own shoes to see what we are doing.”
India’s official entry for the Oscars was a Gujarati film called “Chhello show (The Last Show).” Although “RRR” was a top contender for nominations, it was not selected as an official entry for the Best Foreign Film category.
AR Rahman won two Oscars in 2009 for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” along with composer Gulzar, at the 81st Academy Awards.