List of films directed by Mani Ratnam featuring A. R. Rahman

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This is a list of movies made by the Indian director Mani Ratnam featuring the Indian music composer A. R. Rahman. Their partnership is widely regarded as having produced some of the best film music in Indian cinema from the 1990s till present.[1]

History and significance[edit]

Mani Ratnam after his long relationship with Ilaiyaraaja, decided to drop him and introduce a newcomer, A.R.Rahman in Roja. He happened to listen to some ad jingles, composed by Rahman, in an awards function, where Rahman received the award for Best Jingle Composer.[2] Impressed with Rahman's works, Ratnam visited his studio and listened to a tune that Rahman had composed long back on the Kaveri River water dispute.[3] Ratnam signed him immediately for the film, which was the first one in his terrorism trilogy. Rahman, in spite of his reluctance to seriously take up work in films, accepted the offer since Ratnam had the reputation of a director with a good taste for music.[2] Rahman would later say: "I wasn't sure myself why I accepted Roja. I was offered 25,000 (US$370) for it, a sum that I could make in three days composing ad jingles. I think it was the prospect of working with Mani that enticed me".[2]

Roja was released in 1992 to universal acclaim. It is considered a milestone in Tamil and Indian film music that heralded the start of a new era.[4] It was subsequently listed in Time magazine's World's "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time.[5][6][7] They worked together in 11 films altogether, with every soundtracks having marked a phenomenal critical and commercial success in Indian cinema.[1] Rahman won two out of his four National Awards from his association with Ratnam. Bombay, the most significant work from their combination, is the largest selling Indian music album of all time, with an unprecedented sales of 12 million records.[8]

List of films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Original Language Dubbed Versions.[A] Awards[B]
1992 Roja Tamil Hindi
Malayalam
Telugu
Marathi
Cinema Express Award for Best Music
Cine Goers' Award for Best Music
Film Fans' Award for Best Music
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Kalasaagar Award for Best Music
National Film Award for Best Music Direction
SuMu Music Awards: R. D. Burman Award for Best New Composer
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Tamil Hindi (Chor Chor)
Telugu (Donga Donga)
1995 Bombay Tamil Hindi
Telugu
Cine Goers' Award for Best Music
Film Fans' Award for Best Music
Kalasaagar Award for Best Music
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
1997 Iruvar Tamil Telugu (Iddaru)
Malayalam (Iruvar)
Sinhala (The-Duo)
1998 Dil Se.. Hindi Tamil (Uyire)
Telugu (Prematho)
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2000 Alaipayuthey Tamil Hindi (Saathiya)[C]
Telugu (Sakhi)
Alaipaayuthey
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil

Saathiya
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Bollywood Movie Award for Best Music Director
MTV Award for Best Composer (Film Category)
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil Telugu (Amrutha)
Sinhala (A Peck on the Cheek)
National Film Award for Best Music Direction
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu / Yuva Tamil / Hindi Telugu (Yuva) Yuva
Sangeet Award for Best Music Direction
2007 Guru Hindi Tamil, Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Background Score
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
IIFA Award for Best Background Score
IIFA Award for Best Music Director
Screen Award for Best Background Music
Screen Award for Best Music Director
Zee Cine Award for Best Background Music
Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Tere Bina"
2010 Raavanan / Raavan Tamil / Hindi Telugu (Villain) Raavanan
Mirchi Music Award for Best Music Director – Tamil

Raavan
Nominated—Mirchi Music Award for Best Background Score[9]
Nominated—Screen Award for Best Background Score[10]
Nominated—GiMA Award for Best Background Score[11]
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Background Score
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Background Score
Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score
Nominated—Mirchi Music Award for Best Song in Sufi Tradition - "Raanjha Raanjha"[9]
Nominated—Mirchi Music Award for Best Programmed and Arranged Song - "Raanjha Raanjha"[9]
2013 Kadal Tamil Telugu (Kadali) Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Music Director
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Radio Mirchi Song Of The Year - "Nenjukkule"
Behindwoods Gold Medal for Best Music Direction
Nominated—MTV Europe Music Award for Best Indian Act
2015 O Kadhal Kanmani[12] Tamil Telugu (OK Bangaram)
2016 Kaatru Veliyidai Tamil
Notes
  • A ^ Many of Mani Ratnam's movies are in the Tamil language and are released simultaneously or later in multiple languages, usually Telugu and Hindi.
  • B ^ Only the major awards won for Best Music Direction are listed here. Several featured artists from the films have won numerous other awards.
  • C ^ Alaipayuthey had a Hindi remake titled Saathiya that was scored by Rahman but direction credited to his assistant Shaad Ali. Story, screenplay & produced by Mani Ratnam himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meera Srinivasan (14 March 2009). "Music of the soul". Frontline. Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b c N. Ravikumar (10 February 2010). "Golden Grammy boy". The Tribune. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Artist of the Month: AR Rahman". TFM Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  4. ^ Saraswathy Nagarajan. "Of rhythm and soul". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 June 2006. 
  5. ^ Corliss, Richard (12 February 2005). "Best Soundtracks – ALL TIME 100 MOVIES – TIME". Time. Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  6. ^ Corliss, Richard (2 June 2005). "That Old Feeling – Secrets of the All-Time 100 – TIME". Time. Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  7. ^ ""All-TIME" 100 Movies". Time. 12 February 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  8. ^ Surajeet Das Gupta, Soumik Sen. "A R Rahman: Composing a winning score". Rediff. Retrieved 2002-09-21. 
  9. ^ a b c "3rd Uninor Mirchi Music Awards 2010 - Nominations and Winners". 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011 Nominations". 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chevrolet Star GiMA Award Nominees 2011". 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mani Ratnam begins new film, a Tamil-Malayalam bilingual". Hindustan Times. 10 October 2014.