AR Rahman opened up about daughter Khatija Rahman wearing a burqa and her response to criticism and trolls.
After Khatija Rahman called out Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen for her 'burqa being a suffocation' statement, AR Rahman broke his silence on his daughter's posts. In a now-deleted post, Taslima had tweeted, "I love AR Rahman’s music. But whenever I see his dear daughter, I feel suffocated. It is depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily!"
Now during an interaction with The Quint, Rahman stated that he did not react to Taslima's statement at all. The music maestro stated, "I think what’s good is if we bring them up in a way that they (children) know our troubles, they know our problems. They know that they have to inherit the good and the bad from us. That’s it. And then, they are given free will and she did it and then I asked her, ‘What about the next question? Did you answer that?’ (She said) that’s it, daddy, I am done."
When asked if Khatija asked him before posting her response on her Instagram page, Rahman said, "No I think she put it out and then I put it out on Instagram. I thought it was needed because she is behind the veil and it’s her choice."
The Oscar-winning musician went on to say, "More than the religious thing I think, I personally think it is a psychological thing. Because she sang a song and around 10 million people were having it as their ringtone. If you take a little kid who is an introvert and suddenly people are spamming them with good and bad, anybody would shut off."
He added, "A male is not supposed to wear a burqa, otherwise I will wear one. It would be so easy to go and shop, find a steady life. You know, I think, she finds her freedom. Because she is somebody who will go for a funeral of a maid's mother or maid's relative. And I get awestruck with her simplicity and what she does socially."