Sunday, February 27th, 2022


"A R Rahman," the music legend, started his film career in 1992 with Roja, directed by Mani Ratnam, featuring Arvind Swamy and "Madhoo" in the lead roles. Although he worked a lot in Tamil and Hindi films, he has done a few films in Telugu too. Here is the list of AR Rahman movies in Tollywood:

Super Police

This film got released in 1994 with Venkatesh Daggubati and Soundarya Raghu in the lead roles. Daggubati Suresh Babu produced the film, which K Murali Mohan Rao directed. This is the direct Telugu film for Rahman.

Gang Master

This film was also released in 1994 with Dr. 'Rajasekhar,' "Nagma," Vani Vishwanath, and Krishnam Raju in the cast. "B Gopal" directed the film, and Subbarami Reddy produced the film. KS Chithra, "S P Baklasubrahmanyam," "Mano," "Minmini," "Swarnalatha," and Sujatha Mohan crooned the songs composed by AR Rahman.

Palnati Pourusham

This is the remake of the Tamil hit, Kizhakku Cheemayile. The film directed by Muthyala Subbaiah has Radhika Sarathkumar, Charan Raj, and Krishnam Raju in the lead roles. The same music from the original version is used.

Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu

Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu, directed by "A M Jyothi Krishna," is AR Rahman's fourth film in Telugu. This film is simultaneously shot in Tamil as Enakku 20 Unakku 18. "A M Rathnam" produced this film for his son, Jyothikrishna. Tarun Kumar, Shriya Saran and Trisha Krishnan played the lead roles. The film got released in 2003.


In 2004, Rahman composed the music for Naani, a film with Mahesh Babu, Ameesha Patel, and "Devayani" in the lead cast. Directed by SJ Surya, the film was produced by Manjula Ghattamaneni. The songs were super hit. It is the remake of the Tamil film, New, which had SJ Surya and "Simran" in the lead roles.

Ye Maaya Chesave

After a long gap of six years, AR Rahman entered the Telugu film industry in 2010 with Ye Maaya Chesave, directed by Gautham Menon. This film is simultaneously made in Tamil as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, replacing Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni with "Silambarasan" and Trisha.


After Ye Maaya Chesave, AR Rahman signed Komaram Puli, aka Puli, the same year. He once again united with SJ Surya for this film. Pawan Kalyan, Shriya Saran and Nikesha Patel are cast.

Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo

In 2016, Rahman composed music for Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo, directed by Gautham Menon. It is also shot simultaneously in Tamil as Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada. In both versions, Manjima Mohan played the female lead. Naga Chaitanya and Simbu played the male leads in Telugu and Tamil.

Besides these direct Telugu films, AR Rahman has composed music for his movies dubbed into Telugu.

Nuvvu Nenu Prema

Nuvvu Nenu Prema is the dubbed version of Sillunu Oru Kadhal by Suriya Sivakumar and Jyothika Saravanan. All the songs in this film are super hit.

OK Bangaram

This is the dubbed version of "O Kadhal Kanmani," directed by Mani Ratnam. Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen played the lead roles in this film that deals with family, relationships, bonding, and marriage.

 There are many more films composed by Rahman that increased his fame. Let's discuss them in the upcoming days.