Articles about AR Rahman

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.

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

28 May 2022

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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.

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

18 May 2022

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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.

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

15 May 2022

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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.

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

06 May 2022

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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.

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

30 Apr 2022

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'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.

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

11 Apr 2022

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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.

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

05 Mar 2022

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

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

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

03 Jan 2022

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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.

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

07 Dec 2021

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

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

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

30 Nov 2021

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'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.

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

24 Nov 2021

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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.

Gulzar and AR Rahman reunite for Subrata Roy biopic

09 Sep 2021

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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.

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

15 Aug 2021

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

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

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

10 Aug 2021

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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.

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

27 Jul 2021

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

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

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

21 Jul 2021

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

Makers of Mimi recently dropped a song, Rihaayi De.

AR Rahman, Ananya Birla create song for Indian Olympic contingent

07 Jul 2021

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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.

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

19 May 2021

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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.

Tamil actor Vivekh passes away at 59, celebrities offer condolences

17 Apr 2021

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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.

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

16 Mar 2021

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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.

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

27 Jan 2021

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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.

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

05 Dec 2020

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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.

SP Balasubrahmanyam's funeral held with police honors

26 Sep 2020

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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.

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

14 Sep 2020

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

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

After Rahman, Resul Pookutty says Bollywood ignored him as well

27 Jul 2020

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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.

All that happened in the entertainment world today

26 Jul 2020

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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.

Kangana supports Rahman after he calls out Bollywood 'gangs'

26 Jul 2020

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Kangana supports Rahman after he calls out Bollywood 'gangs'

One realizes that the infighting has really hit home when AR Rahman, a man of few words who prefers speaking through his talent, opens up against the industry.

'Dil Bechara' review: Sushant's charm, love, and the heartache

25 Jul 2020

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'Dil Bechara' review: Sushant's charm, love, and the heartache

There are a few films capable of evoking as many diverse emotions as is Dil Bechara, that marks the ever-brilliant Sushant Singh Rajput's final offering to us.

'Dil Bechara': Here's all about Sushant Singh Rajput's final film

24 Jul 2020

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'Dil Bechara': Here's all about Sushant Singh Rajput's final film

There was never someone like Sushant Singh Rajput, and there won't ever be another. Hence, the buzz around his final movie is quite understandable.

'Dil Bechara' team pays musical tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput

22 Jul 2020

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'Dil Bechara' team pays musical tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput

Just days ahead of the release of this year's most anticipated film, Dil Bechara, the movie's music team, led by maestro AR Rahman, came together for a virtual concert to pay tribute to its star and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

'Dil Bechara' music album: Maestro Rahman at his best!

11 Jul 2020

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'Dil Bechara' music album: Maestro Rahman at his best!

Anything remotely related to Dil Bechara, Sushant Singh Rajput's final film, is being cherished by fans. Such was the charm of the man!

'Dil Bechara' title track: An ode to Sushant's undying charm

10 Jul 2020

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'Dil Bechara' title track: An ode to Sushant's undying charm

The last song that Sushant Singh Rajput shot for, Dil Bechara, from the eponymous upcoming movie, is now out!

Sushant's 'Dil Bechara' becomes most liked film trailer on YouTube

07 Jul 2020

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Sushant's 'Dil Bechara' becomes most liked film trailer on YouTube

The trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput's final film, Dil Bechara is a smash hit!

'I For India' raises Rs. 3.5 crore for COVID-19 relief

04 May 2020

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'I For India' raises Rs. 3.5 crore for COVID-19 relief

I For India, the country's largest fundraiser concert for COVID-19 pandemic, raised Rs. 3.5 crore last night.

'Masakali 2.0': Sidharth Malhotra believes the criticism is reasonable

13 Apr 2020

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'Masakali 2.0': Sidharth Malhotra believes the criticism is reasonable

Even with the entire world at standstill, Tanishk Bagchi still managed to spark a major controversy.

Mohit Chauhan breaks his silence on the 'Masakali 2.0' fiasco

11 Apr 2020

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Mohit Chauhan breaks his silence on the 'Masakali 2.0' fiasco

Clearly, nobody is happy with the new Masakali song.

Amid Tablighi Jamaat row, AR Rahman speaks against religious congregations

02 Apr 2020

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Amid Tablighi Jamaat row, AR Rahman speaks against religious congregations

After an Islamic religious event in Delhi emerged as a super-spreader of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, celebrated music composer and singer AR Rahman spoke against such congregations, in wake of the ongoing pandemic.

'Atrangi Re': Sara, Dhanush to shoot in Bihar and Madurai

12 Feb 2020

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'Atrangi Re': Sara, Dhanush to shoot in Bihar and Madurai

Bollywood director Aanand L Rai's next film, Atrangi Re, starring Sara Ali Khan, Tamil actor Dhanush, and Akshay Kumar, will be filmed in Bihar and Madurai.

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