A.R Rahman, is a name that needs no introduction in the world of beautiful, iconoic music that is enjoyed by every age group. He is one person who is known for his out of this world song compositions and melodies.
The Oscar winner and Chaiyaan Chaiyaan composer has worked with countless musicians all over the world and created nothing shot of art for the ears.
The A. R Rahman that the world knows, is a shy personality who expresses his true, larger than life talents through music and music only.
He has rarely been in the news for anything other than his amazing talents, until recently he and his family came under the spot light.
In a recent press conference, the team of the iconic, Oscar winning movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”, came together to celebrate the musical journey of the film.
The conference was attended by the cast of the movie and the highlight of the whole event was the recognition received by A.R Rahman, who was applauded by his co-workers for his magical music and hard work.
Another highlight of the event was that for the first time ever, A. R Rahman’s eldest daughter, Khatija Rahman joined him on stage to interview him.
Khatija was gracefully and modestly dressed in a saree and donned a niqab when she interviewed her father. The whole interaction was nothing more than heart touching, emotional and very sweet.
But we all know how ruthless the internet is! People were quick to judge Khatija on her attire and trolled not only her choice of wardrobe
They also attacked A. R Rahman for his what they thought was his “backward mentality”
People were really offensive toward Islam because of what Khatija had chosen to wear
But that is not the end to this whole story. Trolls will be trolls and nothing can change that.
But just like any other loving and supporting father, A. R Rahman came forward and shut down the internet haters with support and love for his daughter and family
Addressing the controversy, A .R Rahman posted a photograph on his Twitter handle, with his two daughters, as well as his wife, posing for a photograph with Nita Ambani.
The hashtag that he coined in under the picture says #freedomtochoose. While Khatija Rahman is clad in a niqab, the other members of the family are not veiled.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) February 6, 2019
Since then, Khatija has also come forward and clarified that she was not forced to wear the veil by anyone in her family.
She also posted a screenshot of a post she posted on her Instagram account, in which she says that the veil has nothing to do with her parents and the rules that they have enforced around their home.
The response on these interactions since then have been largely in support of Khatija, her choices and A. R. Rahman’s parenting style.
People have come forward and admired Khatija and her family for their choices and reassured them that there is nothing wrong with the way that she chosen to dress up.
AR Rahman has three children – Khatija, Raheema, and Ameen.
Khatija has also sung for her father in Enthiran, a 2010 Indian Tamil-language science fiction action film. Here is the song, sung by her and composed by A. R. Rahman
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