Rahman (actor)

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Not to be confused with Hindi film actor of 1950-60s, Rehman (actor).
Born Rashin Rahman
(1967-05-23) 23 May 1967 (age 48)
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Years active 1983 – present
Spouse(s) Mehrunisa (1993 - present)
Children Rushda, Alisha
Relatives A. R. Rahman (brother in-law = sister in-law's husband)
Website www.actorrahman.com

Rahman (born Rashin Rahman on 23 May 1967) is an Indian film actor who has starred in more than a 150 films, primarily Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films.[1]

Rahman made his debut in Koodevide (1983), for which he won his first Kerala State Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was a popular teen idol in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s, then became a lead actor in Tamil cinema during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He eventually shifted to Tamil and Telugu films during the 1990s. He did make a comeback in Malayalam films since 2004 and has been acting in supporting roles in Tamil and Telugu films post-2000s.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is born on May 23, 1967 at Abudabi who originally hails from Nilambur, Malappuram. He had his primary education from Baldwin Boys' High School, Bangalore, St Joseph's School (Abu Dhabi), Rex Higher Secondary School, Ooty and pursued preuniversity degree from M.E.S Mampad College, Malappuram.[3]

He is married to Mehrunnisa; they have two children, Rushda and Alisha.

Film career[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Rahman's first Malayalam film was"Koodevide",became a big hit. He acted in the films of almost all the major Malayam directors at that time. Rahman acted in several popular films including Koodevide, Kanamarayathu, Uyarangalil, Vaartha, Poomukhapadiyil Ninneyum Kathu, Ee Thanalil Ethiri Neram, Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar, Kandu Kandarinju, and Aparatha. He was absent from the Malayalam film industry in the late 1990s as he concentrated on Tamil and Telugu films. After a long absence, he acted in Mazhavil Koodaram, King Solomon and Hitlist. After another interval, he came back with the movie Dreams, playing the role of a police officer. Another of his comeback movie was Black, alongside Mammootty. In 2008, he completed his silver jubilee as an actor. After Black, he acted in films such as Rajamanikyam, Mahasamudram, and Bhargavacharitham Moonnam Khandam. He was the hero in films like Abraham and Lincoln and Nanma along with Kalabhavan Mani. He also acted in director Kamal's film Goal and Ranjith's Mohanlal film Rock & Roll. Another one was Moss & Cat, directed by Fazil with Dileep as his co-star. Rahman appeared in the film Kerala Cafe, in the segment titled "Island Express", under the debutant director Shankar Rama Krishnan (assistant director of Ranjith). Musafir, produced by Pramod Pappan, was one of Rahman's biggest productions and most expensive ventures to date. His latest Roshan Andrews movie Mumbai Police was big success in Kerala. Prithviraj was another hero of this film.

Tamil and Telugu films[edit]

Rahman's first Tamil film was Nilave Malare, which was released in 1986; the director of the film was S. A. Chandrasekhar (Tamil actor Vijay's father). He subsequently appeared in Kanne Kaniyamuthe, Vasantha Raagam and Anbulla Appa (with Sivaji Ganeshan). In 1989, after appearing in Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, Puriyaadha Pudhir and Nee Pathi Naan Pathi, he shifted completely to Tamil and Telugu. He was known with screen name Raghu in Telugu movies. Bharath Band is one of his big hits in Telugu. Rasaleela was the first Telugu movie Rahman acted in; it was released in 1986. In January 1987, Rahman moved from Kozhikode to Bangalore. In 1990, he moved from Bangalore to Chennai.

In 1999 he acted in the Tamil film Sangamam, directed by Suresh Krishna, which depicted the story of a feud between classical and folk dance. The music of the film was composed by A. R. Rahman. Rahman then performed in the Tamil films Raam and Thoothukudi, which were released in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The Tamil film Ethiri (2004) was the first film Rahman dubbed in his own voice. He was the villain in the Tamil film Billa, released in December 2007. In 2005, after a long gap in Telugu, Rahman acted in the Telugu film Dhariyam. The Telugu version of the Malayalam film Abraham Lincoln was released in Andhra Pradesh and was well received. Rahman's next Telugu film was Aalayam, directed by Muthyala Subbayya.

His Tamil film Vaamanan, directed by Ahmed (who has worked as assistant to director Kathir), did well throughout South India.He acted in the Telugu movie Sri Srimathi Satyabhaama. He also acted in the Telugu remake of Billa, which released on 27 March 2009. Rahman's latest Telugu film is Balam, directed by Muralikrishna. Suhasini, his first heroine from the film Koodevide, appeared alongside him in this film after a gap of 25 years.

Rahman's next Telugu film, Simha, released worldwide on 30 April 2010. Simha went on to become the highest grosser of 2010, and the 5th highest grossing movie in the Telugu Film Industry. He appeared in Oosaravelli and Vanthaan Vendraan. He is set to star with Balakrishna.

Singam II is Rahman's latest Tamil film directed by Hari, starring Suriya in the title role.


Rahman received the State Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in his very first film, Koodevide. He also received the Film Critics Award and Chamber Award for this film. In 1984 he received the Kerala Film Chamber Award for Best Actor for the film Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove. Rahman received the Award for Trendsetter in the history of Malayalam cinema's 78 years at the Etisalat Everest Film awards held in Dubai in 2007. The public voted Rahman for this award from the nominations including Kamal Hassan, Sreedevi, Manju Warrier and Nadhiya.

Rahman's Malayalam film Manjadikkuru, directed by Anjali Menon, received two awards at the 2008 International Film Festival in Kerala.

  • Kerala State Film Awards:Second Best Actor-1983 – Koodevide
  • Kerala Film Critics Award:Kerala Film Critics Award for Second Best Actor|Second Best Actor-1984
  • Kerala Film Chamber Award for Best Actor for the film Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove -1984
  • Award for Trendsetter in the history of Malayalam cinema's 78 years at the Etisalat Everest Film awards held in Dubai - 2007
  • Padmarajan Award for lifetime achievement - 2015


Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Character Co-stars Director
1983 Koodevide Ravi Puthooran Mammootty, Suhasini Padmarajan
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Babu Mohanlal, Lizzy, Neelima, Jagathi Sreekumar Sathyan Anthikkad
1984 Kanamarayathu Baby Mammootty, Shobhana, Lalu Alex I. V. Sasi
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove Unni Mammootty, Shobhana, Madhu, Suresh Bharathan
1984 Ivide Thudhagunnu Babu Mohanlal, Rohini Sasikumar
1984 Adiyozhukkukal Chandran Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema I. V. Sasi
1984 Ariyaatha Veethikal Babu Mohanlal, Madhu, Mammootty K. S. Sethumadhavan
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu Emil Rohini, Nedumudi Venu Padmarajan
1984 Aduthaduthu Raju Mohanlal, Ahalya Sathyan Anthikkad
1984 Uyarangalil Chandran Mohanlal, Kajal Kiran, Nedumudi Venu I. V. Sasi
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Biju Zarina Wahab, Nedumudi Venu, Bharath Gopi Priyadarshan
1985 Eee Thanalil itthiri Neram Mammootty, Shobhana, Thilakan P. G. Viswambaran
1985 Eeran Sandhya Raju Mammootty, Shobhana Jeassy
1985 Thammil Thammil Vivek Mammootty, Shobhana Sajan
1985 Katha Ithuvare Mammootty, Suhasini, Madhu Joshi
1985 Koodum Thedi Rex Mohanlal, Nadiya Paul Babu
1985 Janakeeya Kodathi
1985 Gaythri Devi Ente Amma Rohini, Seema Satyan Anthikad
1985 Ente Kaanakkuyil Suresh Mammootty, Revathi, Thilakan Sasikumar
1985 Evide Eee Theerathu Rohini, Madhu P. G. Viswambaran
1985 Orikkal Oridethu Prem Nazir, Madhu Jeassy
1985 Onnam Prathi Olivil Kamini Baby
1985 Eee Lokham Evide Kura Manushyar Balu Mammootty, Rohini, Amjad Khan P. G. Viswambaran
1985 Upaharam Ajit Chandran Mammootty, Shobhana Sajan
1985 Vartha Unnikrishnan Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema I. V. Sasi
1985 Angadikkappurathu Charley Mammootty, Mohanlal, Lizzy I. V. Sasi
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Kunjunni Mammootty, Mohanlal Sajan
1986 Kariyilakkattupole Anil Kumar Mohanlal, Mammootty, Karthika Padmarajan
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Pappan Mohanlal, Lizzy, Thilakan Sathyan Anthikkad
1986 Sunil Vayassu 20 Sunil Urvashi K. S. Sethumadhavan
1986 Koodanayum Kattu Rohini, Mukesh I.V. Sasi
1986 Poomukha Padiyil Ninneyum Kathu Mammootty, Mohanlal, Thilakan Bhadran
1986 Chilambu Paramu Shobhana, Thilakan, Babu Antony Bharathan
1986 Ennu Nathante Nimmi Nathan Mammootty, Radhu, Thilakan Sajan
1986 Iniyum Kurukshethram
1986 Ayiram Kannukal
1986 Ariyatha Bandham
1987 Ithrayum Kaalam Pappachan Mammootty, Shobhana, Maniyan Pillai Raju, Surekha I. V. Sasi
1987 Aan Kilyueda Tharattu Babu Mammootty, Revathy Cochin Haneefa
1988 Moonnam Pakkam Lopez Jayaram, Thilakan, Jagathi Sreekumar Padmarajan
1988 Mukthi Sudhakaran Mammootty, Shobhana, Urvashi I. V. Sasi
1989 Charithram Raju Manavalan Mammootty, Shobhana, Janardhanan G. S. Vijayan
1989 Kalal Pada Sunny Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Viji Thampi
1990 Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Dileep Monisha, Madhu Cochin Haneefa
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir Anand Babu, Raghuvaran K.S.Ravikumar
1991 Aparatha Urvashi, Sukanya, Siddique I. V. Sasi
1995 Mazhavilkoodaram Jithin Babu Annie, Rajan P. Dev Siddique Shammer
1996 Hitlist Soloman/Hitler Ratheesh, Indrans Shashimohan
1996 King Solomon Innocent, Farheen, Sheeba Aggarwal, Cochin Haneefa Balu Kiriyath
2000 Dreams Suresh Gopi, (Abbas), Meena Shajoon Kariyal
2004 Black Ashok Srinivas Mammootty, Shreya Reddy, Babu Antony, Lal Ranjith
2005 Rajamanikyam Raju Mammootty, Padmapriya, Manoj K. Jayan, Sai Kumar Anwar Rasheed
2006 Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam Vinod Mammootty, Sai Kumar, Sreenivasan Jomon
2006 Mahha Samudram Mohanlal, Laila Mehdin, Sai Kumar S. Janardhanan
2007 Abraham & Lincoln Lincoln George Kalabhavan Mani, Shweta Menon Pramod Pappan
2007 Nanma Nakulan Kalabhavan Mani, Suja Karthika Sharath Chandran Vayanad
2007 Goal Vijay Rejith Menon, Muktha Kamal
2007 Rock & Roll Henry Mohanlal, Lakshmi Rai, Manoj K. Jayan, Lal Ranjith
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Jayaram, Gopika Akku Akbar
2009 Moss & Cat Sumesh Vasudev Dileep, Ashwathi Ashok, Harisree Ashokan, Manoj K. Jayan Fazil
2009 Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu Raju Rajasenan, Mukesh Rajasenan
2009 Kerala Cafe / Island Express Ranji Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Suresh Gopi Ranjith / Shankar Ramakrishnan
2011 Traffic Sidharth Shankar Srinivasan, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Asif Ali, Kunchacko Boban Rajesh R. Pillai
2012 Bachelor Party Benny Indrajith, Nithya Menon Amal Neerad
2012 Manjadikuru Raghu Maaman Urvashi, Sindhu Menon Anjali Menon
2013 Mumbai Police CP Farhan Aman Prithviraj, Jayasurya Roshan Andrews
2013 Musafir Humayoon/Musafir Mamta Mohandas, Bala Pramod Pappan
2013 Lillies of March Satheesh Tharyan
2015 Lavender Nishan, Govind Padmasoorya, Anoop Menon, Aju Varghese Altas T. Ali
2015 Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal Suraj Venjarammoodu Subil Surendran
2016 Blue Aparna Nair Venu Nair

Unreleased films[edit]

Malayalam dubbed films[edit]

  • Priyamvadhakkoru Pranya Geetham (1986) Hero dubbed Tamil movie Nilave Malarea
  • Aryatha Bhandham (1986) Hero dubbed Tamil movie Kanne Kaniyamuthe

Guest role[edit]

  • Aayiram Kannughal (1986) with Mammootty
  • Veruthe Oru Bhariya (2008) with Jayaram

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Nilave Malare
1986 Kanne Kaniyamuthe
1986 Vasantha Raagam
1987 Anbulla Appa
1987 Meendum Mahan
1988 Oruvar Vazhum Aalayam Jeeva
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Mani bharathi
1990 Manaivi Vantha Neram
1990 Pattanamdhan Pokalamadi
1990 Pakalil Pournami
1990 Pattikattan
1990 Aarathi Edungadi
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1991 Pattonru Ketten
1991 Nee Pathi Naan Pathi Nandha
1991 Seetha
1991 Puthiya Ragam
1992 Mappillai Vanthachu
1992 Naane Varuven
1992 Thambi Pondatti Somu
1993 Nam Nattu Rajakkal
1993 Athma Raghu
1993 Udan Pirappu Viji
1993 Athiradi Padai
1993 Pon Vilangu
1993 Karuppu Vellai
1995 Dear Son Maruthu
1995 Pattu Padava
1996 Kalki Paranjothi
1996 Hero
1997 Vasantham
1998 Suryothayam
1999 Sangamam Selvam
2000 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Arun
2004 Ethiri Raghavan
2005 Raam Umar
2006 Thoothukudi
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Arun
2007 Kasu
2007 Billa Jagdish/Gokulnath
2009 Vaamanan John Vijay
2009 Balam
2011 Lathika
2011 Manathil Oru Margazhi
2011 Vandhan Vendran Commissioner of Mumbai
2012 Billa II Jagdish
2013 Singam II Thangaraj
2014 Ennamo Nadakkudhu Burma
2015 36 Vayadhinile Tamizhselvan Post-production

Telugu films[edit]

Title Character Co-stars Director/Producer
Raasaleela Sumalatha Jandhyala
Chinari Sneham Sitha Muthyala Subayya
Manmadha Samrajyam Kinnere T. Bharadwaj
Bharath Bandh Archana Kodi Ramakrishna
Raputy Rowdy - K. Vasu
Bharyalu Jagratha Sithara K. Balachandar
Samaram Roja R. K. Selvamani
Commander Jyothi Ashwini Nachappa Mouli
Samsara Veena Radha Muthalaya Subbiah
Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama Vijayashanthi S. V. Krishna Reddy
Priyathama Nirosha Geetha Krishna
Aaalayam Shivaji, Honey Rose Muthyala Subayya
Dhairyam Nitin, - Teja
Billa Devil/Dharmendra Prabhas, Namitha Meher Ramesh
Simha Jagadish Prasad Nandamuri Balakrishna, Namitha Boyapati Srinu
Oosaravelli DCP Jr. NTR, Tamanna Surender Reddy
Adhinayakudu Ramakrishna Prasad's brother Nandamuri Balakrishna Paruchuri Murali
Shatruvu Srikanth N.S.R.Prasad
Govindudu Andarivadele Dr. Chandrasekhar Rao Ram Charan Krishna Vamsi

TV serial[edit]

Kadhal Pagadai - Tamil television soap - By K. Balachandar


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