The police officer who stopped AR Rahman’s concert in Pune has finally reacted to the viral incident. Earlier this week, the Oscar-award winner’s concert in Pune went past 10 pm, forcing a police officer to climb onto the stage and shut down the concert. Talking about the incident with a daily, Senior Police Inspector Santosh Patil said that he was just doing his job.
“I have just done my job. I don’t want to comment any further. Anyway, as a police officer, I should not give interviews to the media. The Supreme Court has fixed a time limit of 10 pm, after which no No loud music is allowed to be played,” he told the Mirror.
“I tried to contact the organizers but they did not respond. So, I had to go on stage and ask Rahman and other artistes to stop the music. I had no option as it was more than the permissible time,” he said.
Although Rahman is yet to issue a formal statement regarding the incident, he compared the controversial moment with Rockstar in a tweet. “Did we all have a “rockstar” moment on stage yesterday? I guess we did!
We were overwhelmed by the audience’s love and wanted to give more.. Pune, thank you once again for such a memorable evening. Here’s a little slice of our roller coaster ride ;)” he wrote.
“Pune! Thanks for all the love and enthusiasm last night! Was such a roller coaster concert! No wonder Pune is home to so much classical music! We’ll be back soon to sing along with all of you!” he added.
Speaking to PTI, Dr Heramb Shelke, the organizer of the event, said that it was disrespectful to Rahman to stop the show like this, a musician admired and appreciated the world over, and it should be done in a “nice and civilized manner”. Could have done.