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Friday, February 27, 2009

Tamil film industry hails Rahman's double-delight at Oscars

Chennai (PTI): The Tamil film industry on Monday hailed A R Rahman's double-delight Oscar win as a "rare achievement" for the country and said the music composer's feat will give a new lease of life to the industry.

A host of artists, including Kamal Hassan and Suriya, congratulated Rahman for winning two Oscar awards, the first Indian to achieve the historic feat, and said the 'Mozart of Madras' has made the entire nation proud.

43-year-old Rahman bagged Oscars for Original Score in the "Slumdog Millionaire", named the best at the 81st Academy Awards, and also won the Best Song award for the foot-tapping number 'Jai ho' in the film.

Kamal Hassan, who has worked with Rahman in many ventures, said he was proud of the maestro as an Indian and was looking forward to meet him in Chennai. "I am looking forward to meet Rahman in Chennai. I have to discuss with him about the new film we are currently working on," the veteran actor said.

Recalling his more than 10-year-long relationship with Rahman, Kamal Hassan said the music composer was a hard worker "who never looks at clock while working". "The only difference between me and Rahman is that I work in the day and he works even during night. He has sacrificed his sleep many days to complete his work," he told television channels.

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