Mumbai, Jan 21: Music Maestro A R Rahman on Friday said he was surprised by the controversy over his latest composition ‘Hosanna' for the forthcoming film, ‘Ek Deewana Tha' stating that he did extensive research before composing the song.
The composition has not gone down well with Christian Secular Forum (CSF), a religious organisation which has argued that Hosanna is a prayer in the Bible and the term is sacred to both Jews and Christians.
Rahman said, “as with any film project I work on, I spent several months researching before composing or writing all the songs for ‘Ekk Dewaana Tha'. I had consulted my Christian friends about the use of the word ‘Hosanna' in this song. The Tamil and Telugu version of the song upon its release were loved by all and bagged several music awards.”
Directed by Gautham Menon, ‘Ekk Deewana Tha' is a remake of his own Tamil film ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa' (2010).
Rahman, who also composed the music for the original film, said,”It (song) was a sensation when it was released in the south a couple of years ago.
It went on to win all possible music awards and was well received by all Communities. I am deeply concerned about the sentiments of all those who appear to be hurt by this song,”.
Sharing similar sentiments, lyricist Javed Akhtar said, “When we write lyrics with great composers such as Mr Rahman, who is one of the most respectable human beings I have worked with, the intention is never to insult any religion. Why would we?”
The film will release on February 17.