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While many countries across the world are busy scrutinizing their most creative, unique and fantastic musicians in order to pick the best one as their nomination for the Grammys’ “Best music composer of the decade” award, India seems to have no second thoughts about its nominee – an Indian jury has unanimously nominated leading Bollywood music director Pritam Chakraborty as its entry.
“Our first choice was always AR Rahman. But given that he’s now a Hollywood composer too, he didn’t qualify to be nominated for this award, as it entails indigenous composers only. So with Rahman out of consideration, the only other suitable alternative we had was Pritam Chakraborty. Pritam has literally ruled Bollywood throughout the first decade of the 21st century with his catchy, foot-tapping as well as soul-stirring numbers, and continues to do so. No half-measures on this one, it was a unanimous choice,” said eminent music director Rajesh Roshan, chairperson of the jury, that also comprised various music composers like Anu Malik and Tamil music director Deva among others.
The nomination has come in for heavy criticism from contemporary artists. Music director Ismail Darbar felt that he should have been the one nominated and not Pritam. “My songs in Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam are much better than even Rahman’s stuff,” Darbar said, before adding that the only way Pritam can actually win the award is if he purchases it.
Also critical of the jury was Yash Raj films, who stated that nobody deserved the nomination more than the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. A depressed Shankar Mahadevan was later seen in one of Mumbai’s up-market bars, drinking away his woes along with Milan Luthria, Tigmanshu Dhulia and SS Rajmouli, the directors of The Dirty Picture, Paan Singh Tomar and special-effects masterpiece Eega.
The heaviest criticism has come from a section of music-lovers, who have taken to social media protesting against Pritam’s nomination despite various accusations of plagiarism. Roshan however remains undeterred.