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A R Rahman wins BAFTA award for Slumdog
H S Rao in London | February 09, 2009 08:46 IST
India's music maestro Allah Rakha Rahman has scooped the BAFTA award in the best music score category for Slumdog Millionaire [Images], a rags-to-riches story that won six other awards, including the Best Film at the star-studded function in London [Images].
Bolstering its chances for the Oscars scheduled later this month, the film based on India's diplomat-turned author Vikas Swarup's novel went into the ceremony with 11 nominations and won prizes for best film, best director, original screenplay, music, cinematography, editing and sound.
Kate Winslet [Images] and Mickey Rourke also gained the Oscar momentum with acting wins -- Winslet for her role in The Reader and Rourke for his career-reviving performance as a washed-up athlete in The Wrestler.
"It is in response to a billion prayers," said Rahman while dedicating the award to the people of Mumbai.
The low-budget British film about a young man from the slums of Mumbai who seeks to rise by winning a Hindi TV game show, 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', triumphed at the Golden Globes last month with four honours including the best drama.
Pitt, who arrived at the ceremony with partner Angelina Jolie [Images], missed out on the best actor award.
The movie, which tells the tale of a man who ages backwards, was recognised for its production design, its visual effects and its make-up and hair.
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