A R Rehman

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Date of Birth : 6 January 1966
Birthname : A.S. Dileep Kumar
Nickname : The Mozart of Madras Isai Puyal

Mini Biography :
Allah Rakha Rahman was born A.S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilayaraja’s troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11. He dropped out of school as a result of this and traveled all around the world with various orchestras.

He accompanied the great tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on a few world tours and also won a scholarship at the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University, where he studied Western classical music and obtained a degree in music. Due to some personal crisis, Dileep Kumar embraced Islam and came to be known as A.R. Rahman. In 1987, he moved to advertising, where he composed more than 300 jingles over 5 years. In 1989, he started a small studio called Panchathan Record Inn, which later developed into one of the most well-equipped and advanced sound recording studios in India.

At an advertising awards function, Rahman met one of India’s most famous directors, Mani Ratnam. Rahman played him a few of his music samples. Mani loved them so much that he asked Rahman to compose the music for his next film, Roja (1992). The rest, as they say, is history. He went on to compose several great hits for Tamil-language films before composing the score and songs for his first Hindi-language film, Rangeela (1995). The enormous success of his first Hindi venture was followed by the chart-topping soundtrack albums of films such as Albeli Mumbai (1931) , Dil Se.. (1998), Taal (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), which was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2002 Academy Awards.

More recently, he worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur (director of Elizabeth (1998)) on a musical called “Bombay Dreams.” At 36 years old, A.R. Rahman has revolutionized Indian film music and one can only expect this musical genius to reach greater heights.


Filmography :
As Composer :

  1. London Dreams (2009) (in production)
  2. Satyagrahi (2007) (in production)
  3. Lajjo (2008) (announced)
  4. Delhi 6 (2008) (pre-production)
  5. Bollywood Blues (2007) (pre-production)
  6. Rockstar (2007) (pre-production)
  7. Yuvraaj (2008) (filming)
  8. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) (post-production)
  9. Jodhaa Akbar (2008) (post-production)
  10. Azhagiya Tamizh Magan (2007)
  11. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  12. Sivaji (2007)
  13. Bombil and Beatrice (2007)
  14. Guru (2007)
  15. Sajni (2007)
  16. Sakkarakatti (2007)
  17. Yahan Ke Hum Sikander (2007)
  18. Provoked: A True Story (2006)
  19. Parashuram: One Man Army (2006)
  20. Godfather (2006)
  21. Rang De Basanti (2006)
  22. Jillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006)
  23. Water (2005)
  24. Ah Aah: Anbe Aaruyire (2005)
  25. The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
  26. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)
  27. Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005)
  28. Swades: We, the People (2004) (as A.R. Rehman)
  29. Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004)
  30. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
  31. Yuva (2004)
  32. Naani (2004)
  33. Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)
  34. Ennaku 20 Unakku 18 (2004)
  35. Kangalal Kaidhu Sei (2004)
  36. Lakeer – Forbidden Lines (2004)
  37. New (2004)
  38. Tehzeeb (2003)
  39. Tian di ying xiong (2003)
  40. Boys (2003)
  41. Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu (2003)
  42. Parasuram (2003)
  43. Udhaya (2003)
  44. Saathiya (2002)
  45. Baba (2002)
  46. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
  47. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
  48. Kadhal Virus (2002)
  49. Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)
  50. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
  51. One 2 Ka 4 (2001)
  52. Zubeidaa (2001)
  53. Alli Arjuna (2001)
  54. Paarthale Paravasam (2001)
  55. Star (2001/II)
  56. Thenali (2000)
  57. Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
  58. Dil Hi Dil Mein (2000)
  59. Pukar (2000)
  60. Alai Payuthey (2000)
  61. Rhythm (2000)
  62. Thakshak (1999)
  63. Taal (1999)
  64. En Swasa Katre (1999)
  65. Jodi (1999)
  66. Kadhalar Dinam (1999)
  67. Love You Hamesha (1999)
  68. Mudhalvan (1999)
  69. Padaiyappa (1999)
  70. Sangamam (1999)
  71. Taj Mahal (1999)
  72. Earth (1998)
  73. Dil Se.. (1998)
  74. Jeans (1998)
  75. Kabhi Na Kabhi (1998)
  76. Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998)
  77. Daud: Fun on the Run (1997)
  78. Iruvar (1997)
  79. Minsaara Kanavu (1997)
  80. Love Birds (1997)
  81. Ratchakan (1997)
  82. Sapnay (1997)
  83. Vishwavidhaata (1997)
  84. Mr. Romeo (1996)
  85. Indian (1996)
  86. Anthimanthaarai (1996)
  87. Indira (Priyanka) (1996)
  88. Kadhal Desam (1996)
  89. Bumbai (1995)
  90. Rangeela (1995)
  91. Karuththamma (1995)
  92. Muthu (1995)
  93. Duet (1994)
  94. Gangmaster (1994)
  95. Kadhalan (1994)
  96. May Madham (1994)
  97. Palnati Pourusham (1994)
  98. Pavithra (1994)
  99. Super Police (1994)
  100. Gentleman (1993)
  101. Kizhaaku Seemayile (1993)
  102. Pudhiya Mannargal (1993)
  103. Pudhiya Mugam (1993)
  104. Thiruda Thiruda (1993)
  105. Uzhavan (1993)
  106. Vandicholai Chinnarasu (1993)
  107. Roja (1992)
  108. Yodha (1992)

As Music Soundtrack:

  1. Sivaji (2007) (performer: “Athiradee”) (“Sivaji”, “Balleilakka”, “Style”, “Athiradee”, “The Boss”, “Sahana”, “Sahara”)
  2. Guru (2007) (performer: “Ay Hairathe”, “Jaage Rahe”, “Tere Bin”) (“Barso Re”, “Ay Hairathe”, “Jaage Rahe”, “Ek Lo Ek Muft”, “Maiyya Maiyya”, “Tere Bin”, “Baazi Laga”, “Shauk Hai”, “Dhoom Dhamaka”)
  3. Inside Man (2006) (writer: “Chaiyya Chaiyya – Bollywood Joint”, “Chaiyya Chaiyya”)
  4. Rang De Basanti (2006) (performer: “Khalbali”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Rubaroo”) (“Rang De Basanti”, “Khalbali”, “Khoon Chala”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Pathshaala” (Part 1), “Pathshaala” (Part 2 – “Be a Rebel”), “Rubaroo”, “Tu Bin Bataye”)
  5. Lord of War (2005) (writer: “Bombay Theme Tune”) (performer: “Bombay Theme Tune”)
  6. The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) (performer: “Al Maddath Maula”) (“Mangal Mangal”, “Mangal Mangal” (Agni Version), “Mangal Mangal” (Aatma Version), “Main Vari Vari”, “Holi Re”, “Rasiya”, “Takey Takey”, “Al Maddath Maula”)
  7. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) (writer: “Azadi”) (performer: “Azadi”) (“Desh Ki Mitti”)
  8. Swades: We, the People (2004) (performer: “Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera”) (“Yeh Tara Woh Tara”, “Saanwariya Saanwariya”, “Yun Hi Chala Chal”, “Aahista Aahista”, “Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera”, “Pal Pal Hai Bhaari”, “Dekho Na”)
  9. Yuva (2004) (performer: “Dhakka Laga Bukka”, “Kabhi Neem Neem”, “Fanaa”)
  10. Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004) (“Yeh Rishta”, “Chinnamma Chilakkamma”, “Do Kadam Aur Sahi”, “Dhuan Dhuan”, “Rang Hai”, “Noor-un-ala-Noor”, “Cyclist’s Rhythm”, “Potter’s Village”)
  11. Tehzeeb (2003) (“Khoye Khoye Aankhen”, “Meherbaan”, “Aapko Mujhse Gila Hota Na Shikwa”, “Sabaq Aisa”, “Mujhpe Toofan Uthaye”, “I Wanna Be Free”)
  12. Saathiya (2002) (“Saathiya”, “Aye Udi Udi”, “Chhalka Chhalka Re”, “Chupke Se”, “Mera Yaar Mila De”, “O Humdum Soniyo Re”, “Naina Milaike”, “Mangalyam”, “Chori Pe Chori”)
  13. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) (“Extract”)
  14. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) (performer: “Desh MEre Desh”)
  15. Yadon ilaheyya (2002) (writer: “Mumbai Theme Tune”) (performer: “Mumbai Theme Tune”)
  16. Nayak: The Real Hero (2001) (“Chalo Chale Mitwa”, “Shakalaka Baby”, “Sooki Sooki Roti”)
  17. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) (music: “Ghanan Ghanan”, “Mitwa”, “Radha Kaise Na Jale”, “O Rey Chhori”, “Chale Chalo”, “Waltz for a Romance”, “O Palanhaare”, “Lagaan – Once Upon a Time in India”) (performer: “Chale Chalo”)
  18. Zubeidaa (2001) (music: “Dheeme Dheeme”, “Main Albeli”, “Mehndi Hai Rachnewaali”, “So Gaye Hain – 1″, “Hai Na”, “Pyaara Sa Gaon”, “So Gaye Hain – 2″, “Chodo Mori Baiyaan”)
  19. Fiza (2000) (music: “Piya Haji Ali”) (performer: “Piya Haji Ali”)
  20. Taal (1999) (performer: “Ishq Bina”) (“Taal Se Taal Mila”, “Taal Se Taal Mila” (Modern Remix), “Kahin Aag Lage”, “Ramta Jogi”, “Ni Main Samajh Gayee”, “Nahin Saamne Tu”, “Ishq Bina”, “Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum”)
  21. Mudhalvan (1999) (“Azhagana Ratchashiyae”, “Kurukku Chiruthvale”, “Mudhalvanae”, “Shakalaka Baby”, “Ulundhu Vithakkaiyilae”, “Uppu Karuvadu”)
  22. Dil Se.. (1998) (performer: “Dil Se Re”) (“Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya”, “Thaiyya Thaiyya”, “Jiya Jale, Jaan Chale”, “Dil Se Re”, “E Ajnabi”, “Satrangi Re”)
  23. Daud: Fun on the Run (1997) (“O Bhavre”, “Zahreela Pyar”)
  24. Sapnay (1997) (“Awara Bhavre”)
  25. Fire (1996) (“Bombay Theme” (1995), “Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum” (1995))
  26. Bumbai (1995) (“Bombay Theme”, “Antha Arabi” (Hindi: “Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum”), “Kannalanae” (Hindi: “Kehna Hi Kya”), “Kuchi Kuchi”, “Uyire” (Hindi: “Tu Hi Re”), “Poovukku Enna” (Hindi: “Kuch Bhi Na Socho”))
  27. Rangeela (1995) (performer: “Mangta Hai Kya”) (“Tanha Tanha”, “Hai Rama”, “Mangta Hai Kya”)
  28. Roja (1992) (“Roja”)

As Music Department :

  1. Godfather (2006) (playback singer)
  2. Rang De Basanti (2006) (playback singer)
  3. Jillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) (playback singer)
  4. Lord of War (2005) (composer: song “Bombay Theme”)
  5. Ah Aah: Anbe Aaruyire (2005) (playback singer)
  6. The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) (playback singer)
  7. Swades: We, the People (2004) (playback singer) (as A.R. Rehman)
  8. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004) (playback singer)
  9. Yuva (2004) (playback singer)
  10. Saathiya (2002) (playback singer)
  11. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) (playback singer)
  12. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) (playback singer)
  13. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) (playback singer)
  14. Fiza (2000) (playback singer)
  15. Taal (1999) (playback singer)
  16. Dil Se.. (1998) (playback singer)
  17. Jeans (1998) (playback singer)
  18. Daud: Fun on the Run (1997) (playback singer)
  19. Iruvar (1997) (playback singer)
  20. Fire (1996) (composer: songs “Bombay Theme” and “Ek Ho Gaye Hum Aur Tum”)
  21. Kadhal Desam (1996) (playback singer)
  22. Bumbai (1995) (playback singer)
  23. Rangeela (1995) (playback singer: “Mangta Hai Kya”)
  24. Kadhalan (1994) (playback singer)


Nomination And Awards
Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Award for Technical Excellence Best Background Score
for: Saathiya (2002)

2002 Won Popular Award Music Direction
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Nominated Popular Award Music Direction
for: Zubeidaa (2001)

2001 Nominated Popular Award Music Direction
for: Fiza (2000)
Shared with:
Anu Malik
Ranjit Barot

2000 Won Award for Artistic Excellence Music Direction
for: Taal (1999)

Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Won Filmfare Award Best Music
for: Rang De Basanti (2006)

2005 Won Filmfare Award Best Background Score
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

Nominated Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

2003 Won Filmfare Award Best Background Score
for: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Best Music Director
for: Saathiya (2002)

2002 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

2000 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Taal (1999)

1999 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Dil Se.. (1998)

1996 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Rangeela (1995)

1995 Won R.D. Burman Award
National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Music Direction
for: Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

2002 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Music Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

1997 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Music Director
for: Minsaara Kanavu (1997)

1993 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Music Director
for: Roja (1992)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Screen Best Background Score
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Music Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Popular Award Best Playback Singer (Male)
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)
For the song “Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera”.
Technical Award Best Background Score
for: Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities (2004)

2003 Won Popular Award Best Music Director
for: Saathiya (2002)
Tied with Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod for Raaz (2002).
Technical Award Best Background Score
for: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

2002 Won Popular Award Best Music Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

2000 Won Popular Award Best Music Director
for: Taal (1999)

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