This is not my India: AR Rahman expresses grief at journalist’s murder

Bollywood music composer/singer AR Rahman accepts an award during the 18th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 15, 2017. (AFP)

World-renowned Indian composer AR Rahman, said it’s not his India if incidents like the recent murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh keep happening.

Rahman, nick-named the ‘Mozart of Madras’, made the remark to media persons while attending the premiere of his upcoming film ‘One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film’ on Thursday in Mumbai.

‘One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film’ is currently showing in theatres in the UAE. The film is based the composer’s concert tour across 14 North American cities.

When queried about Lankesh’s killing in Bengaluru, Rahman said: “I am so so sad about that. I hope these things don’t happen in India. If these things happen in India, then it is not my India. I want my India to be progressive and kind.”

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On Friday, the state government of Karnataka announced a reward of a million rupees for providing information that would lead to arrests in the Gauri Lankesh murder case which happened on Tuesday late evening in the city of Bangalore.

The journalist was shot dead in front of her house reportedly by assailants on a motorbike.

The government had set up special investigation teams to pursue the leads in the case but a breakthrough was yet to be made.

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