A.R. Rahman speaks on “Hosanna” controversy

Indian music ace A.R. Rahman has broken his silence over the Hosanna controversy.

The song in question is from Gautham Menon’s forthcoming film ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ starring Prateik and Amy Jackson (remake of his Tamil ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’). The CSF (Christian Social Forum) raised objection over using the word “Hosanna”.

In press statement received by TamilWire.net Rahman has cleared the doubts, shown concern but not expressed apology as the institution demanded it.

He says, “As with any film project I work on, I had spent several months researching before composing/writing all the songs for Ekk 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.”

Earlier this week, the CSF had filed a complaint with the concerned department against makers of the song “Hosanna”. In the complaint, the institution stated that ‘Hosanna’ is a prayer in holy bible and the use of the word had hurt the sentiments of Jews and Christians. So it demanded apology from musician, Fox India and the producers.

Javed Sahab said, “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?”

Fox Star Spokesperson 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. Jospeh Dias today by letter.”

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