Jai Ho

Why are my eyes tearing up as I listen on the radio that A R Rahman has won a double Oscar for best song and best original score.

More over as the song Jai Ho gets played on the airwaves, with its magnificent grandeur, why do I feel like my heart will burst with joy?

The reason is simple. I like this man. Here is a man who has been creating wonderful, heartstirring, innovative music quietly, without any gimmicky music videos or judging any talent shows, or giving grandiose interviews left right and centre. He doesnt need to justify himself or his music. His work speaks for itself. He has redefined patriotic music with his Vande Mataram and the Jana Gana Mana we stand up to whenever we watch a movie in the theatres is so beautifully and evocatively done that it unfailingly makes my eyes mist over, dangerous given the unreliability of the semi soft lenses I still hang onto in this age of disposable, extended wear, ultrasoft, plastic paper type lens things.

I still remember his music from Bombay, a movie I saw when I was dating the man I eventually married, and the wierd situation we were in, echoed by the movie. Of course, I did not go on to have twins, but, you get my drift. He is the only music director I demand and expect better music from with each successive score, and lyrics apart, he has delivered.

You make us proud Mr Rahman. Not just your music. More so, your humility and your grace in the creation of such divine music. Truly, the divine speaks through your music.

Here is the article:

A R Rahman was celebrating a double Oscars triumph here on Sunday after winning two Academy Awards for his work in the hit film “Slumdog



The talented music maestro picked up the best original score statuette before scooping the best song Oscar moments later after a medley performance featuring all three nominated tunes.

“I just want to thank again, the whole crew of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ especially Danny Boyle for giving me such a great opportunity,” said the delighted Rahman.

He hailed “all the people from Mumbai and the essence of the film, which is about optimism and the power of hope and our lives. All my life I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I’m here. God bless.”

The awards took “Slumdog’s” tally to six for the evening, with the honors for best picture and best director still to come.

How does A R Rahman’s win make you proud?


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral is a writer and major social media influencer. After quitting her full-time journalist’s job when her son was born, Kiran became a mommy blogger on the internet, with a remarkably original voice. She was a journalist at The Asian Age, The Times of India, features editor Cosmopolitan, India Cultural Lead and Trend spotter at Gartner Iconoculture US, Senior Consultant at Vector Insights, Ideas Editor, SheThePeople.TV. Kiran is currently a celebrated author and an independent research and media consultant. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards for Literary Contribution in 2017. The Indian Council of UN Relations (ICUNR) supported by the Ministry of Women and Children, Govt of India, awarded her the International Women’s Day Award 2018 for excellence in the field of writing. In 2021 she was awarded the Womennovator 1000 Women of Asia award. In 2022, she was named amongst the 75 Iconic Indian women in STEAM by Red Dot Foundation and Beyond Black, in collaboration with the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India, and British High Commission, New Delhi. Her novella, Saving Maya, was long-listed for the 2018 Saboteur Award, supported by the Arts Council of England in the UK. Her novels 'The Face At the Window’ and ‘Missing, Presumed Dead were both long-listed for Jio MAMI Word to Screen, and ‘The Face at the Window’ was showcased at the South Asian Film Festival 2019. The Kitty Party Murder was shortlisted for the Popular Choice award at the 2021 JK Papers TOI AutHER awards. Her other books include The Reluctant Detective, Once Upon A Crush, All Aboard, Karmic Kids-The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You, A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up, True Love Stories, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting, Raising Kids with Hope and Wonder in Times of a Pandemic and Climate Change, More Things in Heaven and Earth and Rising: 30 Women Who Changed India. She also has published short stories in various magazines, in acclaimed anthologies like Have A Safe Journey, Boo, The Best Asian Speculative Fiction 2018, Grandpa’s Tales, Magical Women and City of Screams. Kiran lives in Mumbai with her family. Social media handles Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiranManral Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiranmanral/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiranManralAuthorPage Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiranmanral/
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20 Responses to Jai Ho

  1. aneela z says:

    yup, i was crying like anything as well, he is a beautiful beautiful man…but the ‘voyeur’ in me was concerned as he didnt mention his wife in the acceptance speech…merey paas ma hai and mom in audience were mentioned in the same breath, and ALL of Mumbai …is all well on the home front?


  2. His award was so richly deserved, not just for this movie, but for his entire body of exquisite work. I had tears in my eyes. He seems so genuine.


  3. Kiran Manral says:

    Aneela: He didnt? Well he is a devoted husband. Maybe, like the Sufi ideal he considers himself and his beloved (wife, god) one.

    Another Kiran: He does, doesnt he. I admire his groundedness, and his talent which improves itself which each score he composes….


  4. Aathira says:

    I admire him for his humility in spite of being the best music director in bollywood for almost ages now!


  5. Monika says:

    oh rahman makes me proud sure does… such a grounded human being he is… inspite of the talent the fame

    i was teary eyed too


  6. aneela z says:

    oh the romantic in me hopes aisa hee ho…you know me and my desire to see ‘happy endings’!!


  7. Sue says:

    It makes me proud because he deserved it. And I love how he got it for work which was just so-so compared to the levels he can reach! I mean, even his so-so is better than most people will ever get!


  8. milady. what a coincidence. here i was you tubing these very songs for tomorrow’s post and came upon this post.am modifying the post as an answer to your question now!!


  9. aneela z says:

    p.s acha just saw pics of Saira R on highheelconfidential…all is well in the Rahman household..chalo now I can rest easy.


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  11. desigirl says:

    What does ARR make you feel proud of?

    Of being an India, def! Of being a fellow Tamilian, rather cheap of me, but there you go. And of being a Madrasi!! No seriously, given his dedication to the country and his ideal of unifying it all with music, I feel so proud to be his fan.

    But I tell you what is super cool about this man – heard his Mangalyam Thanthuna from Alai Payuthey? What do you call someone who sexed up the staid old wedding mantras?

    Aneela – he respects his mum enormously cos of his background and his desperately poor beginnings. Thass all. He wuvs his wifey. 😀 [And don’t I sound like I chat with him every morn and get the goss straight from him?!]


  12. booboosmamma says:

    I was so happy to see Rehman there accepting the award…He looked so calm and humble….he made us proud ..


  13. M says:

    Loved it – thought the music was nowhere near his better works but was so proud of him on stage, no meandering speeches, simple and to the point…and he spoke in Tamizh! DH went around singing Tamizha Tamizha for a while after that! 😀



  14. CD says:

    Yes. Immensely proud.


  15. march hare says:

    Jumped for 2 minutes straight. Which ended with a sprained ankle. But what the heck?

    What I wonder is how Aishwariya Rai has been boring us with her ‘I am the only accepted Indian face abroad’ routine for the last ten years. And how all we see her do are crappy B-grade English movies. And how this simple, unassuming, softspoken man goes ahead and wins TWO OSCARS!


    Without the interviews and the publicity stunts.

    Also, let us not forget Resul Pukutty. I loved how he invoked Om in his acceptance speech.

    p.s. Did I ever, in my dreams imagine that I would live to see the day someone would get up on that stage in Kodak Theatre and go ‘Mere paas maa hai’? 😀


  16. suma says:

    immensely proud because he believed in himself! and he’s so humble…


  17. Dottie says:

    I had goose bumps Kiran. I felt sooo happy. Like you say, he is so unassuming, so down-to-earth. no gimmicks. just great music.


  18. dipali says:

    He’s an amazingly talented composer.


  19. susan says:

    he made me feel proud and how!
    i’ve been a diehard Rehman fan for years and seeing him withthe Oscars brought a lump to my throat too!

    Jai ho!


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