Chennai, June 9 (): AR Rahman had once claimed the credit for an album that he did not compose and later made a public apology according to a website, Tamil Cine Talk http://www.tamilcinetalk.com/ousappachan-and-a-r-rahman).
Tamil Cine Talk claims that A R Rahman, the Oscar-award winner took credit for an album in 1992 recorded in his studio by Malayalam music director Ouseppachan. This was revealed by the latter in his interview to a TV channel.
The album is ‘Andhi Maalai’ which Ouseppachan composed at A R Rahman studios in Chennai. The album was released in Malayalam with credits to Ouseppachan and was credited to A R Rahman in Tamil.
On knowing this, he contacted A R Rahman but he kept dodging saying that the mistake could have been committed by his studio staff. The website claims that the music director Ouseppachan was so angry that he moved the court for justice.
The Court had ordered that A R Rahman should publish an advertisement in all Tamil newspapers that the album was composed by Ouseppachan. As A R Rahman was then composing music for Shankar’s maiden direction venture `Gentleman’ in Tamil, he relented.
A R Rahman’s mother phoned up Ouseppachan and apologized for her son’s mistake, says the report. A R Rahman won his first Tamil Nadu State award for `Gentleman’and went on to strike a working relationship with Shankar.
Ouseppachan had won the national award for his score in Orey Kadal (Malayalam) and has scored music for over 60 films. In 2013, he won the Kerala State award for ‘Nadan’.
Meantime, A R Rahman’s music score for Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiiyaan has got mixed reviews. Reports say that he was not keen to do the project but relented after the Superstar convinced him that it would do well to animation industry. The film has however tanked in Tamil Nadu with collections touching only Rs 53 crores in first week.
The Southern states and non-urban areas have rejected it, say trade analysts. Due to this even before releasing the film, Rajinikanth decided to start shoot for his next film to keep the creditors away, say distributors.