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From Chennai music band to Hollywood: 25 years of Ar Rahman

MusicRahman has experimented across genres of music and has left his stamp on each of them.CV Aravind ar rahman pti-compressed.jpgPTIAs a young boy, he used to hang around when his father, Rk Shekar used to compose music for films. At nine, Dileep Shekar lost his father and had to don the mantle of the family’s breadwinner soon after. Renowned music directors like Dhanraj and M K Arjunan took him under their wing and young Dileep could by then play the synthesizer like a young pro. After the family embraced Islam, Dileep was re-christened as Alla Rakha Rahman and came to be known in the field of music as Ar Rahman. With music in his genes, he soon gained mastery over several instruments and with a group of friends, he formed a music band called. ‘Roots’. From there, he graduated to composing music for jingles. He also earned expertise in his craft by freelancing for music directors like Ms Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja and Raj Koti and also found opportunity to accompany stalwarts like Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L Shankar. In 1992, veteran director Balachander produced Roja under his home banner with Mani Ratnam as director. The duo decided to introduce a new music director for their film and the opportunity came Rahman’s way. Until then, Ilaiyaraaja had been Mani’s favourite composer and his scores had embellished films like Mouna Ragam, Agni Nakshathiram and Nayagan among others. But the gamble paid off and Roja heralded the arrival of a new composer who would eventually conquer the world of film music in the years to come. With a baton like a magic wand, Rahman would regale audiences around the globe, working not just in Kollywood and Bollywood but in Hollywood films as well. Roja became a trendsetter for its music score and Rahman made bold by introducing singers like Minmini (Chinna Chinna Aasai) while relying on proven performers like Sp Balasubramanian, Chitra, Sujatha, Unni Menon and Hariharan. Vairamuthu’s lyrics set to Rahman’s music in Roja became a rage and the two of them would later work together in several movies, enthralling listeners of all ages. If Kadhal Rojave had a ring of pathos to it, Rukkumani Rukkumani was a foot tapping number and Hariharan’s rendering of Thamizha Thamizha was rich in its soulful quality. Rahman might have worked in any number of films after Roja but there are many admirers who still feel that he is yet to surpass Roja, the lyrics of which also became chartbusters in Hindi and Telugu. And incidentally Time magazine has included Roja in a list of top ten soundtracks of all time. A commonly heard quip is that Rahman has always reserved his best for films directed by Mani Ratnam who was instrumental in giving him his first break. And logic supports this argument as Rahman has won two of his four National Awards for Mani’s films (Roja and Kannathil Muthamittaal) and their combination turned Bombay into one of the largest selling albums in Tamil cinema. Rahman has also been an integral part of Mani’s Hindi films like Dil Se, Yuva, Guru and Raavan. The soundtracks of other Mani films like Kadal, O Kadhal Kanmani and Kaatru Veliyedai too bore Rahman’s stamp. Apart from Mani, Rahman has also shared a great rapport with director Shankar who has repeated Rahman in all his films right from his debut film Gentleman. Their latest collaboration 2.0, starring Rajnikant which is slated to hit the screens next year, is eagerly awaited by the diehard fans of the actor, the director and the music director as well. While most of the films for which he composed the music were set against an urban backdrop, Rahman was not found wanting when working for films with pastoral themes either. His films with Bharathiraaja, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Karuthamma amply proved that rural themes were right up his street. Sangamam was another classic example of Rahman excelling in compositions with a distinct folk flavour. Jana Gana Mana and Vandhe Madharam, his non film albums too were huge hits. Rahman was no stranger to Bollywood as the lyrics in the dubbed versions of his films like Roja and Kadhalan had turned out into smash hits. However, his first break in Hindi cinema came through Ramgopal Varma’s Rangeela, the Aamir Khan starrer which was a runaway hit. A number of films like Taal, Swades, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar enabled him to establish himself firmly in Bollywood. Veteran director Subhashi Ghai who directed Taal once confessed that he was almost driven to despair by the unique working style of the maestro whose composing generally began after all the cows had reached home and went on till the wee hours of the morning. But Taal was an inspiring score that was instrumental in the success of the film at the box-office. Rahman won a National Award for Lagaan a film based on a rural subject and the tunes became chart toppers in no time .His scores in films like Rockstar, Ranjhaana and Highway too were highly appreciated. While Rahman also composed music for stage productions like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and Deepa Mehta’s Water, the crowning glory came with Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire a blockbuster which had riveting music. Two Academy Awards, BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and two Grammy’s were among the honours that have come to Rahman for his overseas assignments. While fast, peppy numbers like Chikku Bukku Rayile (Suresh Peters, G V Prakash), Muqabla Muqabla (Mano, Swarnalatha) have been his forte, his melodies like Munbe Vaa (Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghosal), Mannipaaya (Shreya Ghosal, A R Rahman ) and Yaarumilla Thiraiarangil ( Swetha Menon) have tugged at the heart strings of listeners across the world. There is hardly any genre of music that the Mozart of Madras has left untouched and his versatility has been the hallmark of his musical career. Experimentation has been a key word in his dictionary and in instrumentation, using non-traditional voices and so on, Rahman has blazed a new trail. Rahman’s expertise has stretched to classical, western, pop, reggae and sufi, music and he has left his stamp on all of them. Apart from his international awards, Rahman’s tally includes four National Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 16 Filmfare Awards ( South) and a Padma Bhushan as well. His state of the art Panchathan Studio in Chennai and a highly popular music school are among his abiding passions. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Watch: Abram Khan performs on ‘Yeh Tara Woh Tara’; Shah Rukh Khan and Suhana Khan enjoy the performance

Watch: Abram Khan performs on ‘Yeh Tara Woh Tara’; Shah Rukh Khan and Suhana Khan enjoy the performance
On Saturday night, Abram Khan turned a performer while dancing on daddy Shah Rukh Khan's song 'Yeh Tara Woh Tara' from his film Swades at his annual day. Abram was seen wearing a velvet onesie with a golden star as he grooved to the song. Coincidentally, Swades completed 13 years on Sunday.

Shah Rukh Khan was seen enjoying the performance while Suhana Khan was seen grooving to its beats as she saw her little brother perform. Gauri Khan was also seen smiling while watching the show. Aryan had joined the family later in the night.

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Throwback: These images of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on sets of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades will give you a nostalgic feel

Throwback: These images of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on sets of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades will give you a nostalgic feel
Back in the year 2004, we saw the release of the Shah Rukh KhanGayatri Joshi starrer Swades that was directed by none other than the maverick filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker. In fact, the film received critical acclaim from the critics and audience alike with Shah Rukh Khan’s performance being termed as one of hisRead More

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Ashutosh Gowariker On Movies, Music and More! -Exclusive

When director Ashutosh Gowariker’s films come to mind you think of brilliant and moving stories, grand sets, and outstanding performances. From his Oscar award nominated film Lagaan, which starred Aamir Khan, to the impactful Swades featuring Shah Rukh Khan, and the Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai romantic epic Jodhaa Akbar amongst others, the director has brought exceptional Hindi films to audiences the world over.

Mr. Gowariker will be appearing at The London Indian Film Festival at a special “In Conversation” event where he will take a special look back at his career and give audiences a glimpse into the filmmaker’s process.

I was honored to speak with the director ahead of this exciting talk in London. In this special Skype video interview, we discussed movies, music and his passion for filmmaking. You can watch the full interview below, but here are some teasers!

Mr. Gowariker revealed during his talk in London that he will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look into making movies. “It will be about the genesis of an idea and how that idea goes through these various developmental stages.”

“Filmmaking is a collaborative art,” he says, “I am making movies. Telling stories. And it gives you a lot of satisfaction when you bring so many different visions together to tell your story. . . . It is something the audience can take back with them. Something that even five years later is left behind in your mind.”

Mr. Gowariker revealed that he does a lot of readings and discussions with his actors to get them into character, so that, “once they are on set it is just about capturing the emotion.”

Of course, we had to talk about the music of his movies, and he gave an in-depth answer about styles, language, working with Ar Rahman, Javed saab and how it all comes together. “It is quite an exciting process.” Adding praise for Rahman’s amazing work, “The take-off point is usually Rahman first because he is the guy who makes it exciting – makes the melody exciting; makes the sounds he is going to use new and fresh.”

There are many more incredible answers and insights that you must experience, so don’t wait another second…click play!

Ashutosh Gowariker ‘In Conversation’ at London Indian Film Festival takes place on June 23rd at BFI Southbank and then June 24th at the Birmingham Indian Film Festival Cineworld Broad Street.
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Birmingham Indian Film Festival ready with a spectacular line up of cutting edge films!

Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham again this year for the third year in the row. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (Liff), Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best showcasing 11 Independent Films, 2 Music Documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”

The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham,
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London Indian Film Festival Showcases Cutting Edge Independent Indian Films

As we told you the renowned London Indian Film Festival is back for another year with a new and exciting selection of fabulous cutting-edge films that reaffirm the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’. With films that range from subjects covering stories of gangsters, comedy themes, horror elements, thrillers, immigration and diaspora issues, environment, economics, religion, politics, and the lives of Indian royalty this year’s festival that runs from 22-29 June is not to be missed.

Check out this totally cool trailer (created by Parag Sankhe) to get an idea for what is in store for you! It has some amazing clips of the films that you must see!

The Black Prince opens the festival on 22nd June at the BFI Southbank with the red carpet premiere of the historical epic. The screening will also include a Q and A with the cast and director. Directed by Kavi Raz,
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The 10 female debutants of 2016

The 10 female debutants of 2016
1. Pooja Hegde: A model with very little screen presence, Ashutosh Gowariker’s latest female discovery in Mohenjo Daro was a vacuous as his earlier female discovery Gayatri Joshi in Swades. Not to mention Gracy Singh in Lagaan. Let’s hope Ms Hedge gets better with time. It can’t get any worse than this. 2. Navneet Kaur Dhillon: She didn’t make much of an impactRead More

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Singer Madhushree: “For me each song is as if it was the first song of my career”

She has been the voice to some of Bollywood’s biggest stars on some of the most beautiful and best tracks in the Hindi film music canon. We are talking about the incredible Madhushree. She was worked with Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy, Sohail Sen, and extensively with Ar Rahman to name a few. From ‘Neem Neem’ (Yuva), to ‘Pal Pal Hai Bhari’ (Swades), ‘Tu Bin Bataye’ (Rang De Basanti), ‘Inn Lamho Ke Daaman Mein’ (Jodha Akbar) and so many more, the singer has brought the emotion and the beauty to life with her incredible voice. And that is just in the Hindi film industry, the singer has also sung for films in the South film industries as well.

I was very excited to be able to do an email interview with one of my favorite singers and even more excited when I received the answers back. Check out Madhushree’s fabulous
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Producer Ronnie Screwvalas Ngo loses Rs 34 lacs over spoof emails

Producer Ronnie Screwvalas Ngo loses Rs 34 lacs over spoof emails
Film producer Ronnie Screwvala's foundation Swades became a victim of a scam as the account of the Ngo was robbed off Rs. 34 lacs through spoof emails. The Cyber Crime Division is currently investigating case and arrests have been made across the city. One of the top financial officials in Swades, the Ngo run by Ronnie Screwvala and his wife Zarine, received emails from Ids bearing Ronnie Screwvala's name on July 5, firstly asking about the account balance and then a transfer a sum of Rs. 20.20 lacs was asked to be made to an account whose details were specified in the mail. Followed by the incident, a similar one occurred a few days later, where a sum of Rs.14.16 lakhs was asked to be transferred to a different account this time. While the official followed the instructions obediently, when yet another email enquiring about the balance of the account was received,
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Mohenjo Daro not the least affected by Kangna Ranaut controversy

Mohenjo Daro not the least affected by Kangna Ranaut controversy
While the controversy surrounding Hrithik Roshan's public dispute with Kangna Ranaut seems to have reached a dead end, all eyes are now glued to the superstar's next big release, the period epic Mohenjo Daro which opens on August 12. The big question facing the big release is, will it be affected by the squalid squabbling? "Not at all," asserts a trade expert who doesn't want to be named. "The bickering doesn't bother the box office. Hrithik has a huge fan-following and a proven track record at the box office. Hard work is his Usp. Not media image. He has already given a big historical hit with the same director Ashutosh Gowariker." So confident is Gowariker that we hear the film will have one of the biggest ever release for a Hrithik Roshan starrer, although it is being pitched against the Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom. Says a well-informed source, "Ashutosh is very confident of Mohenjo Daro.
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Five Ashutosh Gowariker films preserved at New Yorks George Eastman Museum

Five Ashutosh Gowariker films preserved at New Yorks George Eastman Museum
The world's oldest museum dedicated to photography as well as housing one of the world's oldest film archives, The George Eastman Museum, has acquired five films directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, to add to their impressive collection of 28,000 titles from across the globe. Lagaan, which found its place among films like Caddyshack, Field of Dreams, Million Dollar Baby, Raging Bull, Rocky and other such classics in Time Magazine's list of 25 All-Time Best Sports Films, is one of the films in the Museum's recently acquired contemporary Indian cinema collection. Jodhaa Akbar, the epic romance which won awards at both the Golden Minbar International Film Festival and the Sao Paulo International Film Festival while also sweeping all the Indian film awards that year has also been added to the collection. Swades, a film that was critically acclaimed and went on to find immense appreciation internationally, has also been added to the Museum's collection
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Shah Rukh Khan Birthday Tribute: 50 Reasons We Love Srk

If you can believe it, Shah Rukh Khan turns the big 5-0 today. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 50 reasons we love the Baadshah of Bollywood. It wasn’t hard!

1. He gave us Rahul. From Dil To Pagal Hai and Yes Boss to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum and more, Srk has totally owned this iconic, lover boy character.

2. He’s the quintessential Bollywood hero. Starting with his first super hit, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Srk stole the hearts of Bollywood audiences with his romantic persona.

3. …but conquers those serious roles too. His solid performances in films like Devdas, Swades, Chak De India and Dil Se show what a versatile actor he really is.

4. Those dimples! No explanation needed.

5. He makes us fall in love. Every. Single. Time!

6. He’s a family man. A quick glimpse at his social media
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Radhika Apte’s ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Main’ Character Is Similar To Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Swades’ Role

In Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had played a talented engineer working for Nasa, who comes back to his hometown in India and ends up using his knowledge for the betterment of his village.

We have learned that Radhika Apte will be playing a similar character in upcoming film Kaun Kitne Paani Main, which also stars Kunal Kapoor. Talking about her character, Radhika said, “In the play, I play a girl from a small village, who goes to the city to study and comes back to her hometown because she wants to use her knowledge to help in the development of her village.” Needless to say, this reminded us of Khan’s Mohan Bhargava character from Swades.

Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, Kaun Kitne Paani Main also stars Kunal Kapoor, Gulshan Grover and Saurabh Shukla and the film revolves around a love story set against the backdrop of water shortage.
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Special Report: A.R. Rahman Greatest Hits Concert at The O2!

On August 15th, Mr. A.R. Rahman along with a host of special musical guests and singers returned to The O2 in London after five years in a very special show to perform his greatest hits. Check out our special report.

The Warm Up

A. R. Rahman. Live in concert. To say my expectations were high before the show would be a little bit of an understatement. I had heard rumours that hearing Rahman live should be on every music lovers bucket list, and it had been on mine for a while.

Having missed his performance at various arenas and having this opportunity land was a dream come true. A one night only concert and I wasn’t about to give it up….

I packed myself off to enjoy my first night out in 8 months, and what better way to spent it than in the company of a music maestro. Mr.
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Down the memory lane: 23 glorious years of being 'The Shah Rukh Khan'

23 years into the film industry without having any godfather rightly proves that impossible mean I M possible. That is exactly what Shah Rukh Khan has taught us. A commoner from Delhi to 'The King Khan' of Bollywood isn't a cake walk. He started of his journey on small screen playing the role of a commando in 'Fauji' (1988). Where hard work meets destiny his big screen debut came back in 1992. Rest as they say is History! So let's turn the pages and go on a roller coaster ride of The King Khan's 23 glorious years in Bollywood right from those romantic films to action packed blockbusters.

1992:

Since his big screen debut in Deewana he managed to make the audience his deewana. His debut film turned out to be the second highest grossing film in that year which gave his career a roaring start. Down the year between mid-1992 to 1993 he did 5 more films- Chamatkar,
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6 career-defining films of Shah Rukh Khan that Aamir Khan turned down

While perfectionist Aamir Khan's kitty never had a dearth of superhits or good films and he has always been meticulous in choosing his projects (which would reap him benefits unfailingly), to our surprise the superstar still missed out on few films that created new records in Indian Cinema. And, interestingly the films that he rejected were the career-defining roles of Bollywood Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan. Regardless of their hit/flop status, the films went on to sway audiences' hearts and Srk emerged as the 'King'. So, check out the movies that were Shah Rukh's gain but Aamir's loss!

Darr:Reportedly, the role of an obsessive lover that Srk played was initially offered to Aamir. However, as Aamir rejected it went to Srk and the film was a superhit.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge:Had Aamir not turned down Ddlj, Shah Rukh Khan wouldn't have gained his first 'All Time Blockbuster'
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When Shah Rukh Khan moved beyond his 'lover boy' image!

As Bollywood's eternal romantic king Shah Rukh Khan is moving beyond his 'lover boy' image with the upcoming film Fan, we take a look at Srk's other movies when he dared to do something different besides spreading arms wide and wooing girls. Fan will be a treat with the actor playing a twin role. While one would be a reigning superstar, the other role would be a lookalike. According to the reports, Shah Rukh will be seen playing a fan of himself in the film. Take a look at his unconventional films

Swades: Srk played the role of an Nri, as a project manager at Nasa. Swades is not colorful unlike his other romantic sagas but hits you where your heart hurts the most; patriotic and root feelings of an individual with good intentions overcoming societal obstacle.

Chak De! India: King Khan essayed the role of a coach to
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Dia Mirza Supports Swades Foundation at the 2015 Mumbai Marathon

A champion of social causes, actress-producer Dia Mirza, participated in the 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon recently. The actress was present to support Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala’s Swades Foundation for their ‘Rural is Cool’ initiative to raise funds for the sake of educational and sanitation facilities for residents of the country’s rural areas. It is a well known fact that the beauty has been associated with the marathon for the past two years and her enthusiasm was no less this time round.

Dia, who was also present at a conference for the Marathon recently, was beaming with pride during the event.

Seen in a Swades Foundation red jersey, the actress turned producer looked fit and was excited to participate in the Marathon. Dia added, “To witness the city pour onto the streets on an early Sunday morning each year, to support a cause, to run and pledge their support
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10 Years of Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. (Agppl)

Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. (Agppl) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by both looking back at the wonderful memories created across films like Swades, Jodhaa Akbar, What’s Your Raashee? Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and their recent television production Everest, and also looking into the future with Mohenjo Daro and other new projects.

Years ago Ashutosh told his wife Sunita that he wanted to start a production house under which he would direct his films but only on the condition that she hold the reigns of production. And on December 17, 2004 when their first film Swades released, it was clear that they made a formidable team and Agppl quickly became a respected production house associated with entertaining and yet meaningful big screen cinema. Starring Shah Rukh Khan in a role that broke away from his romantic image of the time, Swades went on to win accolades world over and continues
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Disney India readies Gowariker project

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Disney India readies Gowariker project
Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.

Disney India will co-produce with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions. The studio and filmmaker previously collaborated on Jodhaa Akbar, also starring Roshan, in 2008.

An epic adventure and love story set at the time of the Indus Valley civilization, Mohenjo Daro is scheduled to start shooting in South Africa in October.

Gowariker’s credits also include Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001), starring Aamir Khan, and Swades (2004) with Shah Rukh Khan.
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