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AR Rahman, Resul Pookutty, What is with Oscar winners being shunned?

AR Rahman has been in the news for a couple of days due to his statements regarding not receiving work in Bollywood. As it turns out, the music maestro has spoken about gangs spreading rumours against him, which is an absolute shock.

In light of the recent conversations about how Bollywood is not the most pleasant places to be at, and revelations keep coming in. While Rahman spoke about what he is going through, someone else too, spoke about the ongoing issue. None the less, what seems to be a common issue here is how they are Oscar Winners.

With Slumdog Millionaire, AR Rahman achieved what many could only dream. However, someone who also achieved a feat was Resul Pookutty. And as it turns out, Shekhar Kapur feels that is like a ‘kiss of death to Bollywood.’

Soon, Pookutty too replied to this tweet from Kapur and spoke about not receiving work. He wrote, “Dear @shekharkapur ask me about it, I had gone through near breakdown as nobody was giving me work in Hindi films and regional cinema held me tight after I won the Oscar… There were production houses told me at my face ”we don’t need you” but still I love my industry.”

Check out his tweet in post revelations from AR Rahman:

What this makes us wonder is just how anything can become a problem in Bollywood. Is winning an Oscar not worthy enough for working at home? Rahman is the finest that India has and there no doubting that, while Pookutty, too, deserves the best. After all, he won an Oscar for the Best Sound Mixing for Slumdog Millionaire.

Given the fact that Kapur too, has been a part of the Oscars, he might know things just as well. At a time when there already exist questions regarding Bollywood, this only makes things look worse! If anything, this is bizzare, and sad, and something that shouldn’t happen.

Reports suggest that Mukesh Chhabra was warned about working with AR Rahman. However, he still worked with him and now, Rahman finally has come to understand how he has been losing out on good films.

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