AR Rahman: News

Born on January 6, 1967, as AS Dileep Kumar, Indian music composer, record producer, singer, and songwriter Allah Rakha Rahman is one of the finest music producers of the Indian film industry and has several national and international awards and accolades under his best. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Rahman had to struggle to make the ends meet for his family during his childhood after the demise of his father, RK Shekhar, an Indian music composer who mainly worked in Malayalam films. Known for his unique discography, Rahman has worked in both South Indian films and Hindi movies. After initially giving background scores for advertisements, and documentaries, Rahman got his break after director Mani Ratnam approached him in 1992 to compose music for his Tamil film ‘Roja’ for which Rahman received National Film Awards as the best music director. Rahman has given the background score of several South Indian blockbuster movies including ‘Kadhalan’ (1994), ‘Duet’ (1994), and Ratnam’s politically charged ‘Bombay’ (1995). Notably, at least 15 million copies of the soundtrack for ‘Bombay’ were sold worldwide. Rahman made his Bollywood debut with Ram Gopal Varma's ‘Rangeela’ in 1995. Rahman has produced the background score of several blockbuster Bollywood movies including ‘Dil Se..’ (1998), ‘Taal’ (1999), ‘Lagaan’ (2001), ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ (2002), ‘Swades’ (2004), ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006), ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ (2008) and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008). In 1997, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of India’s independence, Rahman composed ‘Vande Mataram’ which is one of India’s best-selling non-film albums. Rahman was appointed as the global ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a WHO project in 2004. He made his directorial debut with the 2017 movie ‘Le Musk.’ He is the recipient of six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, 15 Filmfare Awards, and 17 Filmfare Awards South. He is conferred with Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award by the Indian government in 2010. He converted to Islam, at the age of 23, in 1989.

26 Jan 2023

Bollywood Films

Reasons to watch Rajkumar Santoshi's 'Gandhi-Godse: Ek Yudh'

The trailer of celebrated filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi's Gandhi-Godse: Ek Yudh was released on January 11.

25 Jan 2023

Academy Awards

'All That Breathes,' 'Elephant Whisperers': Know everything about Oscar-nominated documentaries  

Indian content is transcending boundaries, and the testimony to this is the recent Oscar nominations of the documentaries All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers.

06 Jan 2023

Tamil Cinema

Happy birthday, 'Isai Puyal' AR Rahman: His unmissable Tamil songs

Kollywood fans know AR Rahman as "Isai Puyal" (musical storm). And it is quite fitting for the legendary composer.

27 Dec 2022

Bollywood Films

'Gandhi-Godse: Ek Yudh': Rajkumar Santoshi's comeback film's motion poster out

After a hiatus of nine long years, renowned filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi is returning to the director's chair with the upcoming film Gandhi-Godse: Ek Yudh.

27 Dec 2022

Salman Khan

DJ Dimitri Vegas wants to work with Salman Khan

Dimitri Vegas, who is one of the world's leading DJs, is in India with Like Mike for their performance ahead of the Sunburn Goa 2022, kickstarting from Wednesday till Friday.

20 Dec 2022

Tamil Cinema

Originally a flop, Rajinikanth's 'Baba' becomes superhit on re-release

Megastar Rajinikanth's Baba was re-released in theaters and the film went on to become a super hit at the Tamil box office. The film was originally released in 2002, and it was declared a flop then.

20 Dec 2022

Vivek Oberoi

#20YearsOfSaathiya: Revisiting Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukerji-starrer contemporary love story

Shaad Ali's Saathiya, starring Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi in the lead roles, has completed 20 years since its release.

17 Dec 2022

Shah Rukh Khan

18 years of SRK's 'Swades': Revisiting film's classic jukebox

A film that illuminates brightly in Shah Rukh Khan's unparalleled oeuvre, the 2004 pioneering, cult-classic drama Swades has turned 18 on Saturday.

20 Sep 2022

Ponniyin Selvan

'Ponniyin Selvan I': 'Alaikadal' song featuring Karthi, Aishwarya Lekshmi dropped

The makers of the upcoming Tamil magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan I dropped the lyrical video of the song Alaikadal (meaning "deep sea") featuring Karthi and Aishwarya Lekshmi on Monday in languages including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi.

29 Aug 2022

Music Industry

Canada names a street after AR Rahman; musician expresses gratitude

Music maestro AR Rahman's already sparkling achievement list just added another gemstone to it!

19 Aug 2022


Filmfare Awards 2022: Looking at top contenders of the year

The prestigious Filmfare Awards are back with a bang!

07 Jul 2022

Mani Ratnam

'Ponniyin Selvan I': Trisha looks regal in new poster

The makers of Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan I dropped a new poster featuring Trisha on Thursday.

05 Jun 2022


IIFA Awards: 'Shershaah' wins big; Vicky, Kriti named best actors

The illustrious Bollywood extravaganza, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards culminated in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with much aplomb.

IPL closing ceremony: Ranveer Singh, AR Rahman confirmed as performers

The closing ceremony of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be a star-studded affair.

18 May 2022

Deepika Padukone

Cannes 2022: From Deepika Padukone to AR Rahman, Indians shine

The 75th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is distinctive for India for multiple reasons.

15 May 2022

Cannes Film Festival

AR Rahman's film 'Le Musk' to premiere at Cannes XR

Award-winning music composer AR Rahman's debut film directorial Le Musk is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Market's upcoming Cannes XR program.

06 May 2022


Khatija, AR Rahman's eldest daughter, is now married; shares pics

Musician and singer Khatija Rahman, the eldest daughter of Academy Award-winning musical artist AR Rahman, is now married.

30 Apr 2022

Tiger Shroff

'Heropanti 2' review: Should impose penalty for making such films!

Mainstream Bollywood movies or masala films enjoy a bad reputation for trying to fool the audience with over-the-top action and seemingly cool dialog-baazi.

11 Apr 2022


AR Rahman's 'Tamil link language' comment divides social media

Days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah pushed for Hindi to be a common language or a link language across the nation, famed music composer AR Rahman cleared his stance on the issue recently.

05 Mar 2022

Keerthy Suresh

Mari Selvaraj's 'Maamannan' unites Fahadh Faasil, Udhayanidhi Stalin, Keerthy Suresh

Acclaimed filmmaker Mari Selvaraj has finalized his next project, titled Maamannan.

03 Jan 2022


Khatija Rahman, AR Rahman's eldest daughter, reveals she's engaged

Musician Khatija Rahman, who is the eldest daughter of Grammy-winning singer-composer AR Rahman, is now engaged to marry.

07 Dec 2021

Akshay Kumar

'Atrangi Re' album review: AR Rahman delivers soulful melodies

Ahead of its OTT release, Atrangi Re makers shared its jukebox.

30 Nov 2021

Akshay Kumar

'Chaka Chak' review: 'Atrangi Re's song is ideal for weddings

Makers of Akshay Kumar starrer Atrangi Re released the film's first song yesterday.

24 Nov 2021

Grammy Awards

AR Rahman's 'Mimi' soundtrack crashes out of Grammy race

Nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards are in and AR Rahman's Mimi hasn't made it to that list.

09 Sep 2021


Gulzar and AR Rahman reunite for Subrata Roy biopic

Gulzar and AR Rahman, the Academy Award-winning lyricist and music composer duo, are teaming up to create the soundtrack for the biopic on business tycoon Subrata Roy.

15 Aug 2021

Mani Ratnam

AR Rahman completes 29 years in film industry. Jai ho!

Music maestro AR Rahman completes 29 years in the film industry today.

10 Aug 2021

Saif Ali Khan

Rahman, Sheeran, Jagger team up for fundraiser on Independence Day

The biggest global artists like Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, music maestro AR Rahman, and Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan will unite for a fundraiser on Independence Day to raise over Rs. 25 crore for COVID-19 relief work.

27 Jul 2021

Mani Ratnam

'Navarasa' trailer: This is going to be a masterpiece

Netflix finally dropped the trailer of its highly anticipated anthology series, Navarasa today.

21 Jul 2021

Kriti Sanon

'Rihaayi De' review: AR Rahman's voice will make you feel Mimi's pain

Makers of Mimi recently dropped a song, Rihaayi De.

07 Jul 2021

2020 Tokyo Olympics

AR Rahman, Ananya Birla create song for Indian Olympic contingent

Music maestro AR Rahman and singer Ananya Birla have collaborated for Hindustani Way, a brand-new track to cheer for the Indian contingent ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

19 May 2021


Rahman's '99 Songs' headed to Netflix, JioCinema on May 21

Music maestro AR Rahman's maiden production 99 Songs will start streaming on Netflix and JioCinema from May 21.

17 Apr 2021


Tamil actor Vivekh passes away at 59, celebrities offer condolences

Popular Tamil actor-comedian Vivekh passed away on Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack on Friday. He was 59.

16 Mar 2021

Tiger Shroff

AR Rahman roped in for Tiger Shroff's 'Heropanti 2'

Academy Award-winning music composer AR Rahman has joined the team of the upcoming Bollywood movie Heropanti 2.

27 Jan 2021

Anurag Kashyap

AR Rahman launches new initiative 'Futureproof' to promote Indian talent

Music maestro AR Rahman has launched a new initiative - Futureproof - aimed at presenting the Indian talent to the world.

05 Dec 2020


Can't stop smiling: Sanjana Sanghi is IMDb's Breakout Star

Actor Sanjana Sanghi, who impressed one and all with her debut movie Dil Bechara earlier this year, has topped popular movie rating platform IMDb's list of Breakout Stars of 2020.

26 Sep 2020


SP Balasubrahmanyam's funeral held with police honors

Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam's last rites were held in Chennai on Saturday afternoon along with a 72-gun salute by the Tamil Nadu Police.

14 Sep 2020


'Atkan Chatkan': Scrap-beating virtuoso makes noise, loses to same-old story

Since ages, Bollywood has been peddling mediocre music and worthless item songs.

27 Jul 2020


After Rahman, Resul Pookutty says Bollywood ignored him as well

Oscar award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has opened up about how Bollywood sidelined him after he won the coveted accolade.

26 Jul 2020

Karan Johar

All that happened in the entertainment world today

On Sunday, news in the world of entertainment was about Hollywood bidding farewell to a veteran star, Amitabh Bachchan sharing fresh thoughts from the hospital, and more loved-up reactions for Sushant Singh Rajput's swan song Dil Bechara.