Monday, February 23, 2009


A.R. Rahman, left, accepts the Oscar for best original song "Jai Ho" from the motion picture "Slumdog Millionaire" from Alicia Keys during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman became the first Indian to bag two Oscars for his work in British filmmaker Danny Boyle's much acclaimed 'Slumdog Millionaire', which tells the rags-to-riches story of a Mumbai slum dweller.

He got his first Oscar on the night of the 81st Academy Awards here for best original score for the Mumbai-based drama.

The composer was overwhelmed and interspersed his speech with Hindi as well as Tamil on receiving the coveted trophy here Sunday.

'There is a dialogue from an old Hindi film - 'Mere paas ma hai' - which means I have nothing but a mother. My mother is here, I have her blessings. I am glad she could be here,' said Rahman.

He ended the acceptance speech by saying 'God is great' in Tamil, something he says after winning every award.

He shared the second Oscar for best original song for the film's theme number 'Jai Ho' with noted Indian lyricist Gulzar.

'All my life I had a choice between hate and love. I chose love and I am here,' said Rahman after receiving his second golden statuette

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