AR Rahman's daughter Khatija hits back at trolls over her decision of wearing a burkha

AR Rahman's daughter Khatija was recently trolled over her choice of wearing burkha. Read to know more.
AR Rahman's daughter Khatija hits back at trolls over her decision of wearing a burkhaAR Rahman's daughter Khatija hits back at trolls over her decision of wearing a burkha
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AR Rahman's daughter Khatija has hit the headlines over her recent appearance with father to celebrate 10 years of Slumdog Millionaire. Soon after the event, AR Rahman and his daughter were trolled because Khatija covered her face, assuming that she was forced to dress in this way. Reacting to the controversy, AR Rahman took to social media and gave a befitting reply to the trolls. The photo sees AR Rahman's wife and another daughter not wearing burkha while his other daughter is. 

While Khatija is seen wearing a burqa, her sister and wife are dressed up normally. The Oscar-winning music composer captioned the image as, "#freedomtochoose." Even Khatija has now reacted to the controversy in a humble Facebook post. The young talent clarified that it is her choice to wear what she wants and that nobody should pass judgments on anyone. Fead her full Facebook post below. 

"The recent conversation of myself on stage with my dad has been doing the rounds although I didn't expect such an overwhelming response. However, there were certain comments which said that this attire is being forced by my dad and that he has double standards.

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. Hence, kindly don't make your own judgments without understanding the exact situation #freedomofchoice. [sic]"

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Meanwhile, Khatija received a lot of appreciation over her speech for father AR Rahman at the same event. She said, "Though the world knows you for your music and the award that you won, I have immense love and respect for you because of the values they taught us (three of his children). Your humility matters the most for me. Not an atom of your character has changed ever since you won the Oscar, nothing has changed in you in the last 10 years except the time you spend with us has reduced. I think you are making it up now by taking us on short trips"


May be she wants to show her beauty only to her better half and family and the world to understand and appreciate her talent above her looks.

Girls CHOOSE to wear shorts and our society has a problem. Girls CHOOSE to wear veil and our society has a problem. Sigh. Let's learn to respect others' choices irrespective of religion, caste & creed, please?

There must be much more in the background. She must be receiving religious lessons from some body and got influenced. These things don't happen in a single day.

Rahaman is product of India/Tamil culture. But he is unwittingly promoting a culture which does not accept anything else and aims at destroy anything else.

Why is she on the stage first of all

Because she is a human being and has a voice. I wonder why you are even here!

I dont like Hairy pujari's wearing orange scarf only and no shirt.

Let her be...Girls can wear bikini by their choice why cant she wear burkha? Double standard much!

Maybe she is not confident about her looks so she wants to cover up. Either waywe dont know the situation so we shouldnt judge

As someone who wears hijab, choosing not to showcase my beauty is one of the most powerful things I have done to take ownership of my own identity. I’m defined by my actions, my thoughts, who I want to be - not by the way I look. This is what it means to me to embrace my full humanity as a woman - so many of us women are deprived of our humanity because we are just “pretty” “fuckable” things to men. I fully support those who want to highlight their beauty - more power to you and the way you take ownership of your identity! But if someone goes the whole 180 on society dictated standards of women always needing to be pretty and mainly evaluated based on their beauty, why do we fail to see it as a form
Of resistance?

You know I really don't know know who you are but just loved what you said... I love my denims and tee but at the same time I really don't like to be identified as 'that pretty girl' or 'that hot girl'. It's so much to us more than what we choose to wear or not...

You don’t like what she wears that’s up to you. No one is asking you to dress like her. Society doesn’t progress by choice of clothing. It progresses by change in thought. And everyone of you who thinks they have a say in what she should wear is part of women opppression.
What she puts on her body doesn’t dictate her actions or relates to her “connection to humanity”. No one knows what she is doing for humanity so please don’t make stupid assumptions. The world would be better off if we tried to understand each other’s perspectives rather than passing judgements.

Proud of you khatija!! U chose the right way of carrying religion of islam!!

Very surprised to see his daughter like this. His mother and sisters wear sarees and don't cover their heads. His wife wears salwar suits and covers head with a small dupatta with some of her hair visible. The daughter is covered from head to toe. Strange.

Oh my India, what's happening to you. Sigh! She looks like she can't breathe.

It could just as well be the gardener under that getup.

Why do they condition these young girls into this? this is so so sad.

U r the most precious girl of this era

Shame on you people commenting on whatever girls wear, either its shorts ones or fully covered! Grow up cheap minded people

That's what her pist was abt..we shud nt be judgemental..she wore it bcoz she likes it..who are we to criticize?.. it's like criticizing someone fr choosing coffee over chai..which is meaningless#growup

It's a most btfl approch...Veils does not decrease yor competency..Bravo ..God bless

Oh my good Lord. Freedom to choose claustrophobia?

It's all about personal choice.her life she covered everything not exposed so it's ok.

We live in a country where we practice independence,we are free to practice what we want. I appreciate the guts and respect her decision.
Proud to be Indian

looks ridiculous!!! Scared to see what India will be like in a few decades with these people procreating like crazy. Same problem in ever corner of the world with them. And they always cry victim. PV please post.

Do not post without basic understanding of the burkha

With the way you think my friend you should really be scared only for your own mental growth. Ur thought process is what's ridiculous. Free speech and expression exactly means that people like you can continue to share your retarded thoughts without worry. Pls do not even begin to talk about every corner of India coz am sure u haven't experienced life outside the havnt venture outside the hole that u live in

MashaAllah,may Allah bless you

Omg she is crazy. What society they are trying to promote in India? Completely double standard of AR

Wow you call her crazy just cz she decides to wear what she wants? What are you trying to promote that there no choice of freedom in India? Great. Double standards

OK so you probably be calling her crazy just cz she decides to wear wat she wants? Then what are you trying to promote in India that there's no freedom of choice? Wow double standards

It's sad but there is no human connection with you in that face cover. It is great you want to do this to be closer to God and please him, but you have no connection with humanity.

I appreciate your point , that she has done this to get closer to God , The Almighty ,
If the Almighty is satisfied , has he not have the power to orient the hearts of the creation in her consent from hatred to consent , think over it with an unbiased mind .

If her parents are ok with it than why should we bother

She chose to wear Nikaqab.let her be

Let a young girl be.. Too much judgement is passed by internet these days.

I don't think people are being judgmental it just looked very awkward. Now if the Dad also wore traditional probably it would match up but her style was terrible.

I agree, freedom of choice, but we need to move forward as a society, if you make stupid backward choices then how will we progress?

OK so now her veil is an obstacle in progress of our society? You guys srsly? Despite she herself saying that she chooses to wear it there's so much of problem with you all? Live and let live!

Omg! She looks like a ninja!

Better than a clothes free monk :)

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