AR Rahman was honoured with the Oscar Awards in 2008 in Best Original Song and Best Original Music categories. Speaking to Mid-day, Ismail complained that the former is a good business man, who knows how to buy the awards.
Continuing his attack, he claimed that he is not the original song scorer of world famous 'jai ho..'. Top filmmakers like Subhash Ghai and Mani Ratnam also know the truth about it.
Recalling the earlier instance, where his Devdas lost to Saathiya in the Best Music Category in the National Awards, he told Mid-day, “First of all, a dubbed movie is never given National Awards. Then, how did Saathiya get it? It is not that I am talking now. I have wanted to talk about this forever. It is just that no one ever asked me about it."
It may be recalled Ismail Darbar had come out in public claiming that his work in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas were better than AR Rahman's Taal and Saathiya. The former had also accused the latter of influencing the National Awards jury to bag the award.