Why I’m starting to hate A.R.Rahman
No one can question his talent, his achievement or his genius. When he scored music for “Roja” for the first time ever, the whole of india sat up and noticed. From then on, he has been redefining music with every movie. Tamil, Hindi, English… he has done them all. And he has been someone who has made Indian music popular, and taken it to the world over. But this isn’t a fan mail. This is actually, quite the opposite.
The grudge i hold against him is as someone who speaks tamil, and was born and brought up in Tamil Nadu. If anyone has noticed, the music he scores for Tamil movies isn’t exactly something one will relate to the maestro. Not at all! His recent tamil movies have been far below par, and i certainly don’t understand why. And to make matters worse, he is doing exceedingly well in Hindi movies. Is he too bored of scoring music for tamil movies, or is he trying to be indifferent, i know not. I’d rather prefer he stops scoring music for tamil movies, cause he isn’t justifying it.
Also, its his choice of vocalists that rubs salt to the wound. Almost all of his past 10 releases have at least two songs sung by a bollowood singer. Now im not against that IF they can pronounce tamil as it should be. Their shoddy pronunciation, sometimes which is just outrageous, is really leaving a bad taste in everyone. On the contrary, not many hindi movies have songs sung by people who cannot pronounce hindi properly. Why this one sidedness, is something only he can answer. Also, even his own delivery in many songs has been bad (Newyork Nagaram, Athiradee from Sivaji, etc). I was clueless as to what exactly he was singing, even though Tamil is my mother tongue, and i have been speaking it for the past 23 years! PLEASE STOP MURDERING TAMIL! Not only tamil, but any language for that matter. If you cannot get people to sing a few lines the way it has to be sung, why not get other vocalists?? Its not like Tamil movie industry lags behind in the quality or quantity of its singers.
I will always be a BIG fan of A.R.Rahman. His music is next to God to me. But even God’s make mistakes. So get back to your own self when composing tamil music, or don’t do it at all.
P.S : The songs of Jodhaa Akbar are simply mindblowing! What grace, and melody! Jashn-E-Bahaara and Khwaja Mere Khwaja are my picks for the week!