If Rahman would have got it for Lagaan I’d have been happier.
He is good, but he is not the best according to me nor has he done anything very different. Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Jatin Lalit are also good. Pritam is good too. I don’t think he’s outstanding.
That he came from the south to the north is not new either. Illaiaraja did it before him. I like his music but I am very blunt.
Shankar Jaikishen is Shankar Jaikishen no one can touch them.
Like that, there are others who each have their own standing. But I am happy for him that he’s got the Oscar.
As told to Lata Khubchandani
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