Priyanka Chopra on AR Rahman concert controversy: It’s very rude

Music lovers, who attended AR Rahman's concert in Wembley, London on July 8, walked out when he performed mostly his Tamil songs and not enough of his Hindi ones. The angered fans, mostly North Indians, had taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the Oscar-winner.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: July 16, 2017 1:43 am
priyanka chopra, priyanka choprea ar rahman controversy, priyanka chopra india, priyanka chopra photos Priyanka Chopra commented on the ongoing controversy around AR Rahman’s UK concert.

Reacting to the backlash received by Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman for singing Tamil songs at a UK concert recently, actor-singer Priyanka Chopra has called the concert-goers’ response rude. Music lovers, who attended Rahman’s concert in Wembley, London on July 8, walked out when he performed mostly his Tamil songs and not enough of his Hindi ones. They are now demanding refunds. The angered fans, mostly North Indians, had taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the Oscar-winner.

When asked about her take on the issue, Priyanka, who is a musician too, told reporters here, “That’s very rude. I don’t have much knowledge about it so, I can’t comment further because if I say something, you guys will write a lot. So, all I will say is that it was rude.”

See some photos from Priyanka Chopra’s press conference 

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At the concert, Rahman, who hails from Chennai and is called ‘Mozart of Madras’, accepted the award on stage with a speech in Tamil. To his Bollywood fans, he is known for all the Hindi film albums but Rahman has composed award-winning music in various other languages including Tamil. He made his debut in cinema in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film, Roja for which he received the National Award for best music direction. From Gentleman, Bombay to O Kadhai Kanmani, Rahman has created some of the most beautiful albums in Tamil. He also worked on the Hindi albums of above mentioned films when they were remade in Bollywood. Besides Tamil and Hindi, Rahman, over his more than two decade-long career in cinema, has been much loved for his work in Telugu, Malayalam and English.

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    Vinay
    Jul 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER OSCAR WINNER..............................................................................................................................................................................HA HA HA HA DUE TO HINDI SONG NOT BABLLING LANGUAGE
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      Murugesan
      Jul 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm
      At the instigation ,hindi fanatism.music has no barrier. Rahman composed lovely songs in hindi when comparing with tamil .but tamils are not jealous.only norrowminded would do that.
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        Kahd
        Jul 16, 2017 at 10:32 am
        Priyanka is a musician too??? Lololol.. yrah sure.. Paris Hilton is a dj too.. and Katrina Kaif is an actress too.. wtf.. Pc made a few flop songs.. She's no musician
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          Ram
          Jul 16, 2017 at 9:13 am
          Rahman sang 16 Hindi songs and 12 Tamil songs. So he sang 60 Hindi songs. Can't these Hindi audience tolerate hearing other language songs for sometime ? Seems like the Hindi fanaticism is at its height now.
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            jaihind
            Jul 26, 2017 at 2:29 am
            one or two tamil should ave been enough
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            romi
            Jul 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm
            If you don't have much knowledge on issue then why you saying its rude ?? show was in wembley Stupid convert Rehman should have that much brains to understand that his convert is in wembley not in TN definitely the crowd must have been more of non tamils Next better boycott this stupid man concert
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              An Admirer
              Jul 16, 2017 at 6:30 am
              Another dumb "Hindian" ! Sorry but you deserve to be trolled! Hypocrite. He is a tamilian, mozart of madras performing at an international venue. You get so upset easily! Please get flushed down the toilet, heaven sake.
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              mrbean
              Jul 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm
              WHY DID HINDI SPEAKING FOOLS ATTEND THE CONCCERT WHEN ITS THEME IS CLEARLY IN TAMIL??
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                Neha
                Jul 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm
                tiye chu tu bahut bada tamilian hai, po machan north po da ni
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                  sambath
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                  Being a tamilian, my humble request to ARR is, please sing Hindi songs also in concerts. Two concerts were held at Chennai in last decade and I attended the both. Only Tamil songs occupied in the stage. I was upset. Because I am a fan of ARR and loved many hindi films like Ran ,Daal,Rang De Basanti,Laagan, and many more. Music is common and no language.
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                    Neha
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                    c h u t i y e tu bahut bada tamilian hai. machan po da
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                      romi
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm
                      his is a convert probably playing so dirty language politics doesn't deserve the respect that he gets
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                        Sagar
                        Jul 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm
                        From the dirty communal politics you are playing here you also seem to be a convert - from human to monkey..
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