The composer was criticized online for allegedly forcing his daughter to wear the veil. Khatija, however, defended her father, saying the outfit was 'her personal choice'.
The veil has been my personal choice: AR Rahman's daughter responds after online flak
Mumbai - 07 Feb 2019 17:55 IST
Updated : 20:30 IST
AR Rahman might have composed some uplifting spiritual songs, but religion has dragged him into some unwanted talk on Twitter.
The composer posted a picture of himself with his wife and daughter at a recent event celebrating 10 years of his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008) score.
While Rahman himself posed in a sherwani, his daughter's choice of wearing a naqab (veil) was criticized by trolls online.
A singer herself, Khatija has sung under Rahman's baton in Enthiran (2010). She has also sung for other composers. She was part of the soundtrack of the recent Maari 2 (2018) and Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (2019).
Khatija's choice of wearing the veil was criticized by trolls as being 'forced'. However, she put up a post on Facebook defending her choice, saying her father had no role in it.
In the post, she wrote, "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. 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."
Rahman won two Academy awards for his music in Slumdog Millionaire at the 2009 Oscars ceremony.