A.R. Rahman is a musical maestro, born in the year 1966 in Madras. He changed the direction of Indian music thus influencing the world music as well while bringing an Oscar to India. He started playing keyboard since he was four years old and had been travelling behind his passion ever since. His first movie work was for Roja in the year 1992. The rest is history.
Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar (2011) is one of the best works of Rahman's career. The struggle, pain, and growth of a musician with all his eccentricities and exhilaration have been captured by Rahman. "Saddahaq" which became the rock anthem of the century, the intensely captivating "aur ho", the romantic "Tum ho", every single song has a different mood and style which takes us through the various phases in the Rockstar's life.
This 1992 Tamil romantic thriller is Rahman's debut which is underlined with red ink in the history of Indian music. The mesmerizing
-Rahman combo was born here. “Chinna chinnaaasai” was the first song Rahman composed for the movie. “Kadhalrojave” and “puthuvellaimazhai” had captured the audiences’ heart and had topped the evergreen list.
Another Mani Ratnam-Rahman combo created magic in 1995. A Hindu-Muslim love story in the backdrop of a beautiful musical was a treat to the audience. The entire movie has a strong emotional element and the music contributes to it. A.R. Rahman won the Filmfare award (south) for best music director. “Uyireuyire”, “kannalane” etc are unforgettable hits from the movie.
The Ramgopal Varma movie, which is a
, Amir Khan starrer won Rahman another Filmfare for best music director. The song “Tanhatanha”is the hit number in the album. “Hai rama” sung by Hariharan is another song casting Urmila and Jackie Shroff, which became sensational. The audio as well as the video was a box office hit.
5. Dil Se
This 1998 Bollywood movie is another tie up between Mani Ratnam and A.R. Rahman and the result is a beautiful love story. It is exclaimed by many as an unsung classic with its haunting music. The story of the movie is a conflict between ideology and love, which is a journey through pain and loss. One of the most popular A.R. Rahman songs “Chaiyyachaiyya” is a gift of this movie. “Ae Ajnabi” in Udit Narayan’s voice captures the pain of love.
6. Slum Dog Millionaire
blockbuster was the story of an orphan boy raised in the Mumbai slums who became a millionaire. The movie brought the first two Oscars to India for “best music for motion pictures” and “best sound mixing”. “Jai ho” was chosen as the best song. The music gave goose-bumps to every Indian listening to it. The musical paradox known as Rahman, got world attention and recognition after his much deserved Oscar.
The 2008 movie, starring
and Aishwarya Bachchan, was the 16th century epic love story of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and Rajput Princess Jodha. Music plays a very important role throughout the movie and Rahman has successfully used the instruments of another era to recreate the feel. “Kwaaja mere kwaaja” and “Jashnebahaara” are songs that revisited the past. The addictive music creates a bewitching environment for the listeners.
This 2011 Amir Khan starrer is a classic movie of Indian cinema which was nominated for the Oscars. This movie emits the vibes of patriotism and music adds to those effects. “Ghanan ghanan” brings about the sound of rain. “Radha kaise najale” is still an evergreen song in the dance floor. “Mitwa” and “chalechalo” are other hits from the album.
Another Mani Rathnam-Rahman classic, Guru was released in the year 2007 is the story of a young man who becomes a strong business tycoon. This Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan starrer was indeed a beautiful musical treat. “Barso re” with Aishwarya’s beautiful dance steps was a peppy rain song of the season. “Tere bina” was a heart-warming ballad- a tribute to Fatah Ali Khan. “Mayya mayya” portrayed Ms Sherawat’s sensual belly dance.
The Tamil movie was a Dhanush-Parvathy starrer love story. The music is inseparable from the movie as it lifts the story line. The beauty of falling in love, the pain of separation and loss, everything is portrayed through the music. “Nenje ezhu” is the best song from the album, along with “innum konjam” and “netru aval”. The highlight of Rahman music is that it captures the story or the entire feel of the story. The music suits the characters, the emotions, places, and their stories. Thus the music enhances the movie and takes it to another level which is more enjoyable to the audience.