- The gig was titled 'Netru, Indru, Naalai'
- Singer Chinmayi Sripaada lashed out at disgruntled concert-goers
- "Was so disappointed and left half way through," read one of the tweets
Was total disaster,for someone who made his name in Bollywood(at least on sheer numbers) it was disrespectful from him,even speaking Tamil— Apoorva Dixit (@apoorva_dixit) July 9, 2017
Was so disappointed and left half way through. The promoter #HumsiniEntertainment should of said 99% songs will be Tamil. I wouldnt of come— Rita Mistry (@RitaMistry) July 8, 2017
The controversy has helped re-ignite the debate over why Hindi is prioritised over other regional languages. The flood of critical tweets has been countered by others pointing out that Rahman did not start out in Bollywood and that 'disappointment' over his partly Tamil setlist smacked of ignorance and parochialism.
It is like, you went to watch Bahubali without checking whether it is a Tamil or Telugu expecting it to be Hindi or Punjabi for you. Come on— Samuel Shine Soans (@SoansShine) July 14, 2017
Among those who lashed out at disgruntled concert-goers was singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who has sung for Rahman in several films including Guru and Kaatru Veliyidai. Chinmayi's series of tweets also included an impassioned against the 'Hindi Prachar Sabha':
But when such idiocy and ignorance is displayed especially when they think he owes them a refund. My God. New low level.— Steph 16-1 (@brahahamin) July 12, 2017
When Rahman sir wins 2 Oscars and creates history, he is "An Indian", but 7-8 Tamil gaane kya gaa liye aap naraaz hote ho. What yaar?— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
Chase the American dream, your kids can Spanish; Live in the UK that once colonised India - but cry foul when a when you hear Tamil songs— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
One of the concert-goers who complained claims that he has since been refunded.
And finally, pic.twitter.com/pLUL7w2Hmg— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
A R Rahman has not responded to his critics. He is currently in New York for the IIFA Awards.
Sorry to disappoint ladies and gents. The refund just came through :)— Omer Chowdhury (@OmChow) July 12, 2017