Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman on Tuesday said he agreed with Bollywood star Aamir Khan's statement on growing intolerance and explained that he too faced a similar situation a few months ago, when a Muslim group issued a fatwa against him.
Rahman was referring to the Mumbai-based Raza Academy's fatwa against him after he composed the music for an Iranian film, 'Muhammad: Messenger of God'. The Raza Academy alleged that the title of the film humiliated the Prophet. At that time chief ministers of Delhi and UP had cancelled Rahman's concerts at the last minute. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad was quick to invite the Oscar winner to "re-convert to Hinduism", saying it was time for his "ghar wapsi".
Speaking at NFDC's Film Bazaar at the 46th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) at Panaji, Rahman said he too had faced intolerance and insisted that people should not be violent in a civilized society. "I had gone through something similar a couple of months ago," Rahman said..
"Nothing should be violent. We're all ultra-civilized people and we should show the world that we are the best civilization," the composer said. On artists returning their awards in protest against "rising intolerance", Rahman said, "Everything should be done classily. I feel what people are doing is very poetic. We should set an example for the world because we come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi; he has shown how a revolution can have an impact without any violence."