AR Rahman has always been known for his wonderful musical compositions but this time he is in the news for an entirely different reason. Rahman is currently getting a lot of negative media attention over his song from Mani Ratnam’s latest project Cheliyaa (Katru Veliyidai in Tamil). As it so happens, the song’s music bears a strong resemblance to a tune composed by Mohan Sithara four years ago.
Even as the debate over the issue continues on social media, Sithara himself has taken quite a neutral stand. Sithara has spoken out about the unfortunate incident and said that although nobody had taken his permission, it could all be a misunderstanding. Giving Rahman the benefit of doubt, Sithara has said that he is a great music director and this could just be a case of misunderstanding.
Others, however, continue to debate whether both directors had drawn inspiration from a folk song or whether Rahman had taken inspiration from Sithara’s tune!
Cheliyaa song below;
Malayalam song below;