The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has denied any action against Indian music composer Ismail Darbar for alleging that AR Rahman “bought” the Oscars he got for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.
“The Academy does not plan any action relative to Mr Darbar’s comments. It is simply not possible to ‘buy’ an Academy Award. While some individuals might disagree with the results of our voting processes, the Academy stands behind the integrity of the voting,” the Academy’s publicist said. Darbar had earlier told a daily:
“I just don’t understand how the music for that movie (Slumdog Millionaire) won the prestigious award. I will yet again say that he has bought the Oscar. I have proof that ‘Jai Ho…’ is not his composition."