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We Try to be Honest: Rahman Speaks Out on Tamil Songs Row

The music legend’s Netru Indru Nalai concert at Wembley Arena on July 8 attracted hundreds to what was described as a celebration of the Chennai-born star's 25-year musical journey.

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Updated:July 16, 2017, 1:12 PM IST
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New Delhi: Oscar-winning music maestro AR Rahman has ended his silence on the recent controversy over Tamil songs at his concert in London.

Speaking to CNN-News18 on the sidelines of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in New York, the Rahman said, “We try our best… we try to be honest. I love the way people have supported me for all these years. Without them, I'm nothing. I'm grateful to all of them."

The music legend’s Netru Indru Nalai concert at Wembley Arena on July 8 attracted hundreds to what was described as a celebration of the Chennai-born star's 25-year musical journey.

Some, however, staged a walkout over the number of Tamil songs at the concert. Some even complained on Twitter that they felt duped by the organisers, as they were promised the performances would be in Hindi and Urdu.

"#ARRahman concert: Never seen so much #disappointment & #masswalkouts. Approx one per cent of songs in Hindi. #ssearena filled on #falseadvertising," one of the users tweeted.

Another expressed his displeasure that the show failed to impress the fans. "#ARRahman very disappointed with the concert tonight in Wembley. Waited for a very long time to be disappointed. Not expected from a legend," he wrote.

The criticism prompted the organisers — HueBox Entertainment and Hamsini Entertainment — to publish the complete song list from the concert to highlight the balanced nature of the show.

Mocking the Hindi-speaking crowd, stand-up comic AravindSA did a word play on the line from Rahman's Academy Award-accepting speech, where he thanked the almighty for his win. He wrote, "If AR Rahman won his Oscar today, I'm pretty sure some people would have wanted him to say - 'Sab Pugal Bhagwan ke liye'."

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| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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