Rahman (actor)

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Not to be confused with Hindi film actor of 1950-60s, Rehman (actor).
Rahman
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Rahman
Born Rashin Rahman
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Years active 1983 – present
Spouse(s) Meherunnisa (1993 - present)
Children 2
Relatives A. R. Rahman (brother-in-law)
Website www.actorrahman.com

Rahman (born Rashin Rahman) is an Indian film actor who has starred in over a 150 films, primarily Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films.[1] In Telugu cinema, he is known by the stage name Raghu.

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, later on he 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 leading and supporting roles in Tamil and Telugu films post-2000s.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was born on May 23, 1967, in Abu Dhabi. His family originally hails from Nilambur, Malappuram. He was educated at Baldwin Boys' High School, Bangalore, St Joseph's School in Abu Dhabi, and Rex Higher Secondary School, Ooty, and pursued a preuniversity degree atM.E.S. Mampad College, Malappuram.[3]

He is married and has two children.

Film career[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Rahman's first Malayalam film was Koodevide, which became a big hit. He acted in the films of almost all the major Malayalam directors at that time. Other popular films in which he appeared are 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 movies 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 of 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 a 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 is known with the 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, was 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.

Awards[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Film Character Notes
2016 Blue Announced
2016 Marupadi Eby In progress
2016 Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal In progress
2015 Lavender Ayaan/Ajay
2013 Mumbai Police CP Farhan Aman
2013 Musafir Humayoon/Musafir
2013 Lillies of March
2012 Bachelor Party Benny
2012 Manjadikuru Raghu Maaman
2011 Traffic Sidharth Shankar
2009 Moss & Cat Sumesh Vasudev
2009 Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu Raju
2009 Kerala Cafe / Island Express Ranji
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya
2007 Abraham & Lincoln Lincoln George
2007 Nanma Nakulan
2007 Goal Vijay
2007 Rock & Roll Henry
2006 Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam Vinod
2006 Mahha Samudram
2005 Rajamanikyam Raju
2004 Black Ashok Srinivas
2000 Dreamz
1996 Hitlist Soloman/Hitler
1996 King Soloman Soloman
1995 Mazhavilkoodaram Jithin Babu
1991 Apaaratha
1990 Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Dileep
1989 Kaalal Pada Sunny
1989 Charithram Raju Manavalan
1988 Mukthi Sudhakaran
1988 Moonnam Pakkam Lopez
1987 Aankiliyude Tharattu Babu
1987 Ithrayum Kalam Pappachan
1986 Kariyilakkattupole Anil Kumar
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Pappan
1986 Sunil Vayassu 20 Sunil
1986 Koodanayum Kattu
1986 Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu'
1986 Chilambu Paramu
1986 Ennu Nathante Nimmi Nathan
1986 Aayiram Kannukal
1986 Ariyaatha Bandham
1986 Priyamvadakkoru Pranayageetham
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Biju
1985 Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum
1985 Eeran Sandhya Raju
1985 Thammil Thammil Vivek
1985 Katha Ithuvare
1985 Koodum Thedi Rex
1985 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Appu
1985 Ente Kaanakkuyil Suresh
1985 Ivide Ee Theerathu
1985 Orikkal Oridathu Sethu
1985 Onnam Prathi Olivil
1985 Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar Balu
1985 Upaharam Ajit Chandran
1985 Vartha Unnikrishnan
1985 Angadikkappurathu Charley
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Kunjunni
1984 Ivide Thudhagunnu Babu
1984 Aduthaduthu Raju
1984 Adiyozhukkukal Chandran
1984 Ariyaatha Veethikal Babu
1984 Uyarangalil Chandran
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu Emil
1984 Kanamarayathu Baby
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove Unni
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Babu
1983 Koodevide Ravi Puthooran

Tamil films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2016 Pagadi Aattam In progress
2016 Oru Mugathirai In progress
2016 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Deepak Post production in process
2015 36 Vayadhinile Tamizhselvan
2014 Ennamo Nadakkudhu Burma
2013 Singam II Thangaraj
2012 Billa II Jagdish
2011 Lathika
2011 Manathil Oru Margazhi
2011 Vandhan Vendran Commissioner of Mumbai
2009 Vaamanan John Vijay
2009 Balam
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Arun
2007 Kasu
2007 Billa Jagdish/Gokulnath
2006 Thoothukudi
2005 Raam Umar
2004 Ethiri Raghavan
2000 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Arun
1999 Sangamam Selvam
1998 Suryothayam
1997 Vasantham
1996 Kalki Paranjothi
1996 Hero
1995 Dear Son Maruthu
1995 Pattu Padava
1993 Nam Nattu Rajakkal
1993 Athma Raghu
1993 Udan Pirappu Viji
1993 Athiradi Padai
1993 Pon Vilangu
1993 Karuppu Vellai
1992 Mappillai Vanthachu
1992 Naane Varuven
1992 Thambi Pondatti Somu
1991 Pattonru Ketten
1991 Nee Pathi Naan Pathi Nandha
1991 Seetha
1991 Puthiya Ragam
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1990 Manaivi Vantha Neram
1990 Pattanamdhan Pokalamadi
1990 Pakalil Pournami
1990 Pattikattan
1990 Aarathi Edungadi
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Mani bharathi
1988 Oruvar Vazhum Aalayam Jeeva
1987 Anbulla Appa
1987 Meendum Mahan
1986 Vasantha Raagam
1986 Kanne Kaniyamuthe
1986 Nilave Malare

Telugu films[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
2016 Janatha Garage In progress
2014 Govindudu Andarivadele Dr. Chandrasekhar Rao
2013 Shatruvu Mayor Aravind
2012 Adhinayakudu Ramakrishna Prasad's brother
2011 Oosaravelli DCP
2010 Simha Jagadish Prasad
2009 Billa Devil/Dharmendra
2008 Aaalayam
2005 Dhairyam
2000 Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama
1994 Samaram
1991 Samsara Veena
1991 Bharath Bandh
1991 Priyathama
1989 Bharyalu Jagratha
1989 Chinari Sneham
1987 Raputy Rowdy
1984 Manmadha Samrajyam

TV serial[edit]

Kadhal Pagadai - Tamil television soap - By K. Balachandar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hero is now actor of substance". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Manorama Online | Interviews". manoramaonline.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "റഹ്മാന്‍". Cinidiary (in Malayalam). Retrieved 2016-07-23.  zero width joiner character in |title= at position 8 (help)

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