The controversies surrounding Iranian maverick Majid Majidi's latest film Mohammad The Messenger Of God have come as a shock to its proud music composer A R Rahman who poured his heart and soul into the endeavour.
A fatwa has been issued against the composer. Rahman responded to it recently.
Says a source from the music industry, "Rahman is bewildered and shocked. The film did nothing provocative. In fact throughout the film the face of protagonist is kept away from the camera, as per the religious sentiments. The film is not controversial in nature. If there was anything even remotely controversial in it Rahman would not have done it. But then one cannot comment on these matters beyond a point."
Rahman says the film takes him into the kind of sound he has never attempted before. "There is a lot of experimental melodies and rhythms. I really enjoyed myself on the project. And the best part of the experience is the warm acceptance I've received in Iran. I've a lot of offers coming from that country."
After the way certain sections of people have reacted to the film it is doubtful that Rahman would involve himself in cinema about religion in the future.