A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Rahman, on his part, is constantly eager to share the spotlight with his contemporaries. Putting a brief halt to the proceedings as he calls on ‘late-comer’ Sukhwinder Singh to join them on stage, he seems almost apologetic when retracing an unfortunate event that occurred in 2009. “Sukhwinder is still a little upset with me. I called him when the nominations were announced and said, Sukhwinder, we’ve got to go [for the Oscars and perform together]. Due to logistical [reasons], the performance was cancelled, then called [on] back. It was a volatile situation, and eventually, he [couldn’t travel],” Rahman says with a lingering sense of disappointment.
He turns to him before making his adulation evident as he says, “I hope we do another song, and go back again.”