A R Rahman is undoubtedly one of the biggest musicians of Indian cinema. A huge name internationally too, he has now claimed there is a gang operating against his interests in the Indian entertainment industry. However, most of Bollywood is in a state of disbelief and begs to differ. “This man has always been welcomed with open arms in Bollywood. What is he talking about? The kind of respect he gets in the Indian film industry is very rare. Which gang is he talking about?” questioned a leading producer, on grounds of anonymity.
Actor Taapsee Pannu, a big Rahman fan, felt dismayed by the celebrated composer’s allegation. “I feel it’s so useless, because no matter what Rahman sir composes, we will listen to it and give it our love. For his fans like us he is beyond such petty politics,” she said. But Shekhar Suman – who has lately been virulently vocal about the groupism in Bollywood – revealed he knows exactly what Rahman is saying. Suman mentioned, “He is saying what I’ve been shouting for the last one and a half months incessantly. As a matter of fact I only said that nepotism is a wrongly used term. It is actually gangeism. Nepotism is prevalent everywhere and it is not detrimental or dangerous. Gangeism is.”
He continued, “The MOB that controls the film industry is dangerous insidious and intimidating.If someone like Rahman feels and says so you can imagine what must be happening to the hundreds of Sushants trying for a foothold.” Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, however, believes his talk of gangeism doesn’t befit the narrative of Rahman’s iconic stardom. “I would be surprised if any such thing (gangeism) really exists here. He is a maestro and I can speak for myself: I will give an arm and a leg and more to work with him. It is a dream. And Inshallah it will be fulfilled.”