Poonam Singh

Ace composer-singer A.R. Rahman turned 54 on Wednesday, Janaury 6. The Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer who made his debut in 1992 as a composer with Mani Ratnam’s 'Roja' shot to instant fame as the wonder kid in the industry.

The music maestro has been wooing audiences for over three decades with his soulful and dance numbers in Bollywood blockbusters like 'Bombay', 'Dil Se', 'Taal', 'Saathiya', 'Guru', 'Jodhaa Akbar' and also the Oscar-winning 'Slum Dog Millionaire'.

Rahman has two Academy awards, a BAFTA award, two Grammy awards, six National Film awards, a Golden Globe, and 15 Filmfare awards to his credit.

Recently, Rahman has been roped in as the ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India.

"The work that BAFTA plans to do in India with Breakthrough stretches far beyond Bollywood. BAFTA and I share the passion for discovering and nurturing new talent and this association with them is a natural fit because of this shared vision," Rahman reportedly said.

"The beauty of Indian cinema lies in the diversity of its various film industries. This initiative will be looking for talent across every corner of the Indian film, games and television industries that we can showcase to the world," he added.

Here are the some of the top Bollywood chartbusters from the 'Mozart of Madras':

Roja Janeman (Roja)

S P Balasubramanium’s stirring rendition of Roja Janeman conveying the isolation and yearning of the hero against Sujatha Mohan’s haunting trill in this Rahman's composition gives goose bumps.


Dil Se Re (Dil Se)

The song featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala is one of the most catchy numbers of Rahman. The song is composed as well as crooned by Rahman and the lyrics was penned by Gulzar.


O Hum Dum Suniyo Re (Saathiya)

O Hum Dum Suniyo Re marked the collaboration between two great maestros, Gulzar and AR Rahman. The song featured in 2002 movie, Saathiya.


Tere Bina (Guru)

This romantic track from Mani Ratnam's Guru featuring Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan is one of the most loved romantic songs made in the history of the Indian music industry.


Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)

This song made A R Rahman win his first Academy Award for the Best Original Song and a Grammy Award in 2008 and turned him into a global icon overnight.


Nadaan Parinday Ghar Aaja (Rockstar)

Featured in Imtiaz Ali's musical drama Rockstar, this soulful track takes you on an ethereal journey.


Luka Chuppi (Rang De Basanti)

This song continues to evoke strong emotions no matter how many times you’ve heard it.  Composed by A R Rahman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, it is one of the most soul-stirring songs you will ever come across.


Patakha Guddi (Highway)

Patakha Guddi starring Alia Bhatt is one of the finest amalgamations of folk lyrics and beats with a modern touch to it. The song composed by Rahman and sung by the Nooran sisters shows his brilliance in fusion music.


Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

The soulful number of Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha, Agar Tum Saath Ho touched hearts and became an instant hit. Sung by Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh, this AR Rahman composition is one of the most iconic romantic songs of today's time.


Enna Sona (OK Jaanu)

This song makes you want to let yourself loose and seize life like never before.


Dil Bechara  (Dil Bechara)

One of A.R. Rahman’s recent releases is the title track of ‘Dil Bechara’, the soulful voice of the ace musician in the song has touched millions of hearts. It was the last film of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput on whom the song is picturised .


Here Are Few Other Memorable Tracks Of AR Rahman







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