Rahman made history by becoming the first Indian to bag two Oscars the same night for his score and song (Jai Ho) along with Gulzar in the film. The movie also won the Oscar for best film, direction, adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing and sound mixing for Resul Pookutty.
Reminiscing about the night before Oscar, Anil said, “For family, Oscar doesn’t matter. My wife and I were discussing Sonam (daughter) the night before Oscar! I said ‘let me sleep now’ and she said ‘leave Oscar, listen to me first.’ So even then, family was my priority. I got a lot of firing from Sunita the night before Oscar ceremony,”
The event took place in the Dharavi slum area where children from the Dharavi Music Project performed on the songs of the film. Khatija Rahman, the daughter of Rahman who was also present at event, says that she is proud of her father not only because of his musical achievements worldwide but also about the values he has inculcated in her as a father.
Khatija said: “Though the world knows you for your music and the award that you won, I have immense love and respect for you because of the values they taught us (three of his children). Your humility matters the most for me. Not an atom of your character has changed ever since you won the Oscar, nothing has changed in you in the last 10 years except the time you spend with us has reduced. I think you are making it up now by taking us on short trips!”
The event was attended by the whole music team including singers Sukhwinder Singh, Ila Arun, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Vijay Prakash.