A R Rahman made us all proud when he won the Oscar for the film Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. Recently, he attended the 10-year celebration of the movie in Mumbai.
At the event, Rahman's daughter Khatija Rahman happened to interview him on stage. But more than the questions, it was the daughter's attire that garnered all attention.
The young girl was spotted wearing a saree and covering her face with a veil. And soon, netizens started trolling Rahman calling him a 'hypocrite' and 'one with double standards'.
The trolls took to such an extent that Rahman posted another photo silencing all the critics. The music maestro posted a photo of his wife Saira Banu and daughters Khatija and Rahima with the hashtag #freedomtochoose. In the picture, Khatija wears a veil, but Rahman's wife Sairaa and his other daughter Raheema do not cover their faces.
Khatija too took to Facebook stating that people should be cautious before making own judgments about others. She wrote, "I'm a sane mature adult who knows to make my choices in life. Any human being has a choice to wear or do what he/she wants and that's what I've been doing. Hence, kindly don't make your own judgements without understanding the exact situation #freedomofchoice.”
Revealing that such a response was hurting, she further added, "The recent conversation of myself on stage with my dad has been doing the rounds although I didn't expect such an overwhelming response. However, there were certain comments which said that this attire is being forced by my dad and that he has double standards. I would like to say that the attire I wear or the choices I make in my life does not have anything to do with my parents. The veil has been my personal choice with complete acceptance and honour.”