"We should set an example to the whole world because we come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi," he said

AR Rahman says he faced intolerance too finds protests poeticFile photo: Facebook/A R Rahman
news Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:07

Two days after Aamir Khan's statement on 'intolerance' in the country triggered off a political and online storm, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman on Tuesday said that he too faced a similar situation a few months ago.

Rahman was speaking at NFDC's Film Bazaar at the 46th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) at Panaji and said that people should not be violent in a civilized society. 

The musician was referring to Raza Academy's fatwa against him after he composed the music for Iranian film 'Muhammad: Messenger of God', which alleged that the title was humiliating to the Prophet, the Times of India adds.

When the fatwa was issued against Rahman, the chief ministers of Delhi and UP cancelled his concerts at the last minute while the Vishwa Hindu Parishad invited him to do a 'ghar wapsi'.

In an interview to The Indian Express on the sidelines of the event, he went on to say that the way certain intellectuals of the country were protesting against the growing state of intolerance in the country was “poetic” as it was non-violent in nature. 

“Everything should be done classily and any kind of revolt should be classy. I think it is very poetic what people are doing rather than hitting each other. We should set an example to the whole world because we come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi. He has shown the whole world how the whole revolution can be brought by non- violence," he told the newspaper

However, Rahman still played it smart when he was about Aamir Khan’s comments. “Don’t pull me into trouble,” he said.

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