AR Rahman’s composition ‘Hosanna’ from the movie ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ might have managed to capture the hearts but it has also stirred up a controversy.
Christian Secular Forum (CSF) has opposed to the use of the word ‘Hosanna’ by AR Rahman and lyricist Javed Akhtar in the song. They said that the word was sacred to both Christians and Jews and they had hurt their sentiments by using it in a song.
British model turned actress Amy Jackson seems to have a complete different take on the use of the word.
“I am a Christian and since the age of five I have been singing...chanting hymns containing the word 'Hosanna'. When I heard the song for the first time, it literally touched my heart. It is a beautiful song. It is about love and who can ask for more than love. I never felt that the song would hurt people's sentiments,” she said to a daily.
“If you look from my point of view that's what Christians strive for-- love from God. And that is what the song is about,” she added.
The actress said that it just a small set of audience who had a problem with the song.
“I have been brought up in family that is Christian and the majority of Christians in this country agree with it and there is a small number, who have a problem with it,” she said.
The director of the movie Gautham Menon claimed that both AR Rahman and Javed Akhtar had done extensive research on the word before using it in the song.
“There was no intention to hurt anyone's feeling. It is a sweet number and censor board has cleared the song, so I don't see a problem. We all want to be respectful to the feelings of people,” he said.
The movie ‘Ek Tha Deewana’ is the remake of Tamil movie ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’, which was also directed by Gautam Menon. The movie was remade into Telugu as ‘Ye Maaya Chesave’. The song from both the versions was a super hit and even bagged prestigious music awards.
The movie stars Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson in lead roles. It will be releasing on 17 February.