A.R. Rahman identifies with Aamir Khan’s ‘intolerance’ remark


Academy Award winning music composer A.R. Rahman has come in support of Aamir Khan who is facing backlash for his recent statement on growing intolerance.

The ‘PK’ star came under attack after he mentioned at an event on Monday, that his wife Kiran Rao feared for their child’s future and considered leaving the country due to the intolerance in the country. Rahman backed him by saying that he too had faced a similar situation a couple of months ago.

The music maestro was referring to the Mumbai-based Raza Academy which issued a fatwa against him after he composed the music for Iranian film ‘'Muhammad: Messenger of God'. According to the Sunni Muslim group, the title was humiliating to the Prophet and that Rahman and the makers of the film have erred and they must apologise.

At that time, chief ministers of Delhi and UP had cancelled Rahman's concerts at the last minute. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad was quick to invite the noted composer-singer to "re-convert to Hinduism", saying it was time for his "ghar wapsi".

Speaking at NFDC's Film Bazaar at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji on Tuesday, Rahman said he too had faced intolerance and insisted that people should not be violent in a civilized society.

"I had gone through something similar a couple of months ago. Nothing should be violent. We're all ultra-civilized people and we should show the world that we are the best civilization," Rahman was quoted by The Times of India.

On artists returning their awards in protest against ‘growing intolerance’, the 48-year-old composer said he finds it “poetic” and non-violent in nature.

"Everything should be done classily. I feel what people are doing is very poetic. We should set an example for the world because we come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi; he has shown how a revolution can have an impact without any violence," Rahman said.