New York: Music maestro A R Rahman today scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win the prestigious Golden Globe award for best original music score for Mumbai-based saga ‘Slumdog Millionaire,´ with the film hitting the jackpot bagging honours in four categories.
A Mumbai underdog’s rags-to-riches story directed by British filmmaker Danny Boyle, the movie swept awards in all the four categories it was nominated for, brightening its chances at the Oscars next month.
The film won the best director award for Boyle, the best music score for Rahman, best screenplay for Simon Beaufoy and also the best drama prize. 43-year-old Rahman, who won the coveted award for his music score ‘Jai Ho’ in the film, thanked the director and his fellow musicians in Mumbai and Chennai, besides the “billion people from India”.
“Unbelievable..! I thought, I would not win, so anyway thanks to the almighty God for bringing me here... Danny Boyle, Fox pictures, all my musicians in Chennai, Mumbai,.. and the billion people from India,” the Chennai-based musician said while accepting the award at a star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills in California.
Boyle’s film stars Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and British Indian Dev Patel in key roles.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, who was at the ceremony to represent India, introduced the film to the foreign audience with ‘Slumdog´ actress Frieda Pinto.
It is also the first Golden Globe for 52-year-old Boyle, who is expected to be among the favourites at next month’s Oscars following the phenomenal success of the film at award circuits.