India September 25(IM):Composer AR Rahman is in the midst of a controversy after his Chennai concert, titled Marakkuma Nenjam, was called out for poor mismanagement. The composer and the organisers (ACTC Events) were criticised for poor crowd control, which caused a stampede-like situation where women were allegedly molested and children were displaced. The two parties have promised refunds for people who were denied entry due to overcrowding. In the midst of the backlash, Rahman has shared a glimpse of the concert, which many felt was insensitive.
RAHMAN SHARES CHENNAI CONCERT VIDEO, GETS CALLED OUT
AR Rahmans concert was held at Adityaram Palace in Chennai on September 10. The concert, organised by ACTC Events, saw over 45,000 people in attendance.
On September 24, Rahman took to his X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram pages to share a four-minute video of the Chennai concert. His team had disabled the comments on the video. However, people quoted the video and slammed Rahman for the video. Many questioned the timing of the video and called him out for his tone-deafness and insensivity.
AR RAHMAN CONCERT ORGANISERS BOOKED UNDER TWO SECTIONS
AR Rahman's concert was supposed to take place on August 12. However, the concert was cancelled at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions. It was rescheduled to take place on September 10. Marketed as India's biggest concert, the event saw over Rs 45,000 people.
However, the Chennai concert was not a pleasant experience for many. Following complaints of harassment and poor crowd control, Tambaram police registered a case. After conducting an investigation, the police officials filed a case against ACTC Events under two sections.
Meanwhile, AR Rahmans team has been reaching out to people who couldnt enter the venue despite having valid tickets. Hemanth Raja, head of ACTC Events, shared a video in which he apologised for all the inconvenience caused and promised a refund.