By Devansh Patel, Bollywood Hungama News Network
'If music be the food of love, play on'. A.R. Rahman played, and he not only won the love of the worldwide audience but also won the hearts of the President of the Academy, founders, members and special guests and celebrities present at the big and the best night called, The 81st Annual Academy Awards, for them to bestow him with the world's greatest film recognition award - The Oscars, not once, but twice, making him the only celeb taking home two golden statuettes. Within minutes, Bhushan Kumar, the owner of T-Series who backed the rights of the music for Slumdog Millionaire told us, "Yes, we are planning to throw a grand party on Mr Rahman's return. We will first have to discuss that with him. But the music industry of India has surely decided to honour him". Saurabh Shukla, who played a small role in the Golden Globe winning, BAFTA winning and Oscar winning film quotes, "The most memorable moment while watching the Oscars early morning was when the screenplay writer, Simon Beaufoy, received the first award of the other seven to follow for Slumdog Millionaire. It felt as if an Indian won it". Bollywood was ecstatic on Slumdog winning eight awards. Never before have we witnessed such a pandemonium amongst fans, critics and celebrities from India for a Hollywood film. For some, Slumdog Millionaire is a British film, for many it's a Hollywood movie but for the majority of the Indians, 22nd February 2009 will be remembered as the date, day and the year when India received it's first ever three Oscars in one night, truly making it an unforgettable event.
Saurabh Shukla Saurabh Shukla:
I had my eye since 7am today on each of the awards given out at the Oscars. I feel honoured, I feel great and I feel so happy for myself, for my dear friends who were present at the Oscars and for all the Indians. This award will not change anybody and that includes Rahman, Resul and our Bollywood. It will definitely change the perception of the market about Indian films, and within India also people will start looking at things in a slightly different way. Hip Hip Hurray.
Bhushan Kumar Bhushan Kumar:
I and T-Series are feeling on the top of the moon today. We are feeling very proud and happy for Mr A.R. Rahman. We've done all of Mr Rahman's music this year, right from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na to Yuvraaj to Ghajini to Slumdog Millionaire. But Slumdog is special in more ways than one. It is our first Hollywood film venture, thanks to Rahman who had the original rights of the music which he passed on to us. I am personally touched by A.R.Rahman receiving two Oscars. Though my knowledge is restricted only to music, I still feel that Resul Pookutty has done a fabulous job in the film for him to have won an Oscar too. It's going to be three times the celebrations tonight in India.
Rohan Sippy Rohan Sippy:
It's good to know that the world knows the two geniuses whom we've known since decades. Both A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty are more known for their work in Bollywood but Hollywood taking notice of it is excellent. They will continue to remain brilliant. Good Wishes to them.
Vatsal Seth Vatsal Seth:
I think both Rahman and Resul truly deserved the Oscars. They have created an opening for India worldwide. One thing I'd like to mention is that there is also an award won under the Short Documentary category which went to an Indian docu called 'Small Pinki. The Oscars is only going to make A.R.Rahman very busy from being just busy (laughs). Congratulations!
Mugdha Godse Mugdha Godse:
I was watching the Oscars all morning. It's so nice to see him receive the Oscar in front of the best of the best. I've been a great admirer of Rahman's work and he damn deserved it. I loved the way Resul delivered his speech after he won the Oscar trophy. These Oscars are truly Indian in spite of the film being called Hollywood. India is over whelmed!
Adah Sharma Adah Sharma:
You always get what you deserve and I think no one deserves more than A.R. Rahman. This is his Oscar for Dil Se, Bombay, Roja, Rangeela and all the films he has given music for in his illustrious film career so far. He has given flawless music for each of his films. Congratulations to him and Resul Pookutty too.
Apoorva Lakhia Apoorva Lakhia:
A.R.Rahman is a genius and Oscar is not going to change him as a person. This is just another award for him which he will take in his stride again. But he is slowly progressing and developing into this world famous music composer. He has got the world recognition which he so dearly deserved, an Oscar. I've worked with Resul in Bombay Boys while I was an assistant. He is a fantastic human being and I am really happy for him. Three cheers for the three Oscars!
Minissha Lamba Minissha Lamba:
As we've always said that this Oscar for him was long overdue. I wasn't able to see the Oscars on the tele as I was shooting for my Shyam Benegal film. We've got top technicians in every department and I am so glad that a film like Slumdog Millionaire happened with so many Indian technicians, A.R. Rahman's music and many Indian actors. India salutes the two musketeers.