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Enthusiastic welcome for AR Rehman

[cinesouth, Thursday, 26 February 2009 17:47 No Comment]

image With musical fanfare, Oscar winner AR Rehman received a rousing welcome in Chennai.

For winning 2 Oscars for his music in ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ AR Rehman has done the Tamil film world as well as whole of India proud. Travelling via Dubai from Los Angeles , he arrived early this morning in Chennai, where he got an enthusiastic welcome at the airport.

Hundreds were gathered outside the airport, waving the Indian flag proudly and cheering him. Folk dance, percussion sounds and bursting of fireworks greeted him. On behalf of the Tamilnadu govt, minister Paruthi Ilamvazhudhi went to the airport to receive Rehman.

He was then taken in a procession to his residence in Dr. Subbarayan Nagar in Kodambakkam.  On a dais put up in front of Rehman’s house, drummer Sivamani playedhis drums to greet Rehman. Actors Simbu and Parthiban were also on the dais. Rehman stood in front of his house and held aloft his Oscars while flying kisses flew.

The media surrounded him and he took time to answer them. “As a Tamilian, to have won an Oscar makes me so proud. I do not like to distinguish as Tamil or Hindi. I want everyone to be as one. Even if I go to Bollywood or Hollywood , I never forget Tamil cinema. After receiving the Oscars, I have got 3 Hollywood offers to compose music.

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