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Modest Gulzar says Rahman made Oscar possible

Feb 23, 2009 02:57 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Lyricist Gulzar who was also named in the achiever's list of Oscars is modest about the win. He shares the Oscar with music composer AR Rahman who won the coveted award for his composition of song Jai Ho in Slumdog Millionaire that swept eight awards at the Kodak Theatre.

Gulzar hands out the credit to Rahman without reservations. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Gulzar said, "The real credit of the award goes to Rahman. I am happy for him beyond my joy for myself. I mean it when I say this, I am not mincing words. A Hindi lyricist cannot ever hope to make it to the Oscars. The place for Hindi songs is missing at the Oscars. This song made it to the Oscars only because it was bound by a winning composition. That is the good luck of the Hindi song.

The noted lyricist had his own reasoning about why it was an out and out Rahman achievement.

"I have a sense of joy and of achievement though. Anyone linked with Hindi cinema will not deny that reaching the Oscars is a huge milestone. I am unable to act out my emotions on the lines of an actor. The only thing is that I could never have hoped for an Oscar for lyrics, maybe for Direction. But life afforded me that joy and here I am enjoying it.

While accepting that his lyrics did contribute the song, the lyricist added the other contributing names too.

"Behind this composition by Rahman, there are two factors. One is my lyrics and who can forget Sukhwinder's voice that gave life to the song. For him I would say Jai Ho.

This was not the first time that Gulzar had worked with the simple yet noteworthy composer.

"I have worked with Rahman before, have composed many like Dil Se before, with Chal Chhaiyya Chhaiyya being one of them. But my favourite remains Aye ajnabi tubhi kabhi toh bhi kabhi awaaz de kahinse.