In 2011, music director Ismail Darbar created controversy when he claimed that fellow composer AR Rahman had ‘bought’ the Oscars he won for his work in the film Slumdog Millionaire. Eventually Rahman had to come out and deny the allegation, stating that it was not possible to buy an Oscar.

Rahman had won two Academy Awards in 2009 for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. He won the award for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the single Jai Ho. However, two years, later Ismail Darbar claimed that the awards were bought.

He had said, “I just don’t understand how the music for that movie won the prestigious award. What was Oscar-worthy about it? Nothing.” He added that the work on Slumdog Millionaire was much below Rahman’s other films. “I would have been happy had he won it for films like Roja or Bombay but not for Slumdog. He did not deserve it. Aur,…

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