Remembering Rahman’s Best Songs on his 44th Birthday

From “Roja” to “Jai Ho”, Allah Rakha Rahman, who turns 44 Wednesday, has endeared himself to millions with his lilting melodies and created history with his double Oscar.

Rahman’s magic reached crescendo when he became the first Indian to win double Oscars for the song “Jai Ho” in the film “Slumdog Millionaire”, a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe award. On the home front, he has been honoured four times with National Film Awards.

On the occasion of the musician’s birthday, to recall some of his all-time hits.

“Roja” – In 1992, Rahman made his debut as a composer with the soundtrack of “Roja” and the title track struck a chord with the audiences. Time magazine included “Roja” album in its list of “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time in 2005. This poignant, romantic number in the voice of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is slow-paced, with music and lyrics so profound that made it a chartbuster.

“Pudhu Vellai Mazhai” – The “Roja” album is a great composition which was crooned by Unni Menon and Sujatha, the song is a treat to ears owing to its orchestration and vocals. Even after 18 years, the eloquent romantic number still has the same impact.

“Chikubuku chikubuku” In 1993, Rahman’s compositions for “GentleMan” became an instant hit. The film brought him best film fare music director award.

“Uyire Uyire” – In the same year, he produced another winner in the form of “Bombay”. The song “Uyire Uyire” caught the fancy of music buffs. The sad romantic number captured the angst and the loneliness of a lover. Sung by Hariharan and Chitra, it’s an appealling and touching number.

“Maa tujhe salaam” – Rahman released his own album in 1997 and created a stir with the patriotic song “Maa tujhe salaam”. Sung by the composer himself, it became one of the most sought after versions of the “Vande Mataram”.

“Thilana Thilana” – The song from the film “Muthu” which was released in 1995 was very successful those days. Rahman won the award for “most successful Indian soundtrack in Japan”

“Musthafa Musthafa” – The farewell song from the film “Kadhal Desam” is a massive hit which is still remembered till date. The film has also brought a film fare award to Rehman.

“Haira Haira”– In 1998 he composed another hit romantic number “Haira Haira”– for the film “Jeans”. It is a sweet, mushy outing which was sung by Unni Krishnan and s.p pallavi

“Alaipayuthey” – The back ground track of “Alaipayuthey” film is worth repeated listening. The love ballad is perfect for all moods. Rhythm is the overpowering factor in the number and it clicks instantly.

“Deham tiri” – The young, carefree song from 2004 hit film “Yuva”, became an instant hit. Sung by Rahman and Sunitha sarathy, the track belongs to the Indi-pop genre and was a favourite for youngsters.

“vaji vaji” – “vaji vaji” is another track from the talented composer and it hit the right chords with the audiences. The song is a part of the soundtrack of the 2007 hit movie “Sivaji”.

“Jai ho” – His composition for the song “Jai Ho” in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” turned out to be a turning point in Rahman’s career. It fetched him his first Oscar. Sung by Sukhwinder, the fast-paced, high-spirited, energetic song was liked not only nationally but internationally too.


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