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A R Rahman 53rd Birthday – Achievements Of The Mozart of Madras

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Indians are fond of their music, whether it is in movies or just the simple old albums.  Given the diverse and rich history of different cultures in India, it is no wonder all these multiple experiences culminate in a rich musical history.  Allah Rakha Rahman, popularly known as A.R. Rahman and the Mozart of Madras, is one of India’s finest music directors and singers. He is remembered for his work in various film industries and languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.  Over the course of his illustrious career, the singer won multiple accolades, awards and honours.

 

Let us have a look at some of the famous awards and recognitions won by A.R. Rahman.

 

1) Academy Awards (Oscars)

Academy Awards are widely recognised as a major award function widely anticipated all over the world and where winners are awarded the coveted Oscar.  A.R. Rahman gained widespread fame when he won 2 Academy Awards for his work on the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

A.R. Rahman won the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, which he shared with Gulzar.  He won the latter for the song Jai Ho from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

 

2) BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards celebrates the best of television (TV) and motion pictures.  A.R. Rahman won the Best Film Music award for Slumdog Millionaire and was nominated for the Best Film Music for his work on 127 Hours as well.

 

3) Golden Globe Awards

Another major awards ceremony, which aims to recognize the excellence of films both in America and internationally, is hosted by the Foreign Press Association.  A.R. Rahman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire.

 

4) Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards is the biggest awards ceremony which recognizes excellence in the music industry.  A.R. Rahman won two Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire.)  

 

5) National Film Awards

A.R. Rahman won six National Film Awards for his work in the Tamil and Hindi industries.  He won four National Film Awards for Best Music Direction in Tamil films. In 2001, A.R. Rahman’s music in the Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan, which is a period drama, won him a National FIlm Award for  Best Music Direction. In 2017, Rahman also won the Best Background Score for the movie Mom (2017,) which starred the late Sridevi.

 

6) Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Awards is one of India’s biggest award shows and A.R. Rahman won multiple awards for Best Music Director, spread over different editions, for films like Rangeela, Dil Se, Taal, Lagaan, Saathiya, Rang De Basanti, Guru, Jaane Tu..Ya Jaane Na, Delhi 6 and Rockstar.

 

7) Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan

The Indian Government recognized the contributions and services of A.R. Rahman and honoured him by bestowing him with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2000.  A.R. Rahman was later conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2010.

 

We hope A.R. Rahman always continues to entertain us with his art and music and that he continues winning many more accolades for India and himself.  Here’s wishing the Mozart of Madras a happy 53rd birthday.

 

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Kangana Ranaut’s Take On Indira Jaising Seeking Pardon For Nirbhaya Rapists

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Kangana Ranaut is an excellent actress as well as a very vocal critic on issues concerning nationalism and politics.  The actress is all set to star in the movie Panga, which is scheduled to be released on January 24th.  During a promotional event for the movie, Kangana Ranaut once again gave a piece of her mind and this time, about senior advocate Indira Jaising.

Indira Jaising was recently in the news when she urged Asha Devi, the mother of Nirbhaya, to pardon the rapists who were convicted in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case.  The convicts were handed out capital punishment and are scheduled to be hanged at Tihar Jail on February 1st. Indira Jaising, who is a noted human rights activist, took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the issue by citing the example of Nalini, who was a convicted assasin in Rajiv Gandhi’s murder and was forgiven by Sonia Gandhi, the wife of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  Indira Jaising’s tweet did not sit well with the public, given the nature and brutality of the horrific rape which shocked the collective consciousness of the entire Nation.

 

Kangana Ranaut lashed out at Indira Jaising and said she (Indira Jaising) should be locked up with the rapists for four days in jail because she is sympathetic towards them.  Kangana also went on to say women like Indira Jaising give birth to monsters like them (the rapists.)

 

These comments, however, did not sit well with co star Richa Chadha, to whom Indira Jaising is a role model.  Richa Chadha last appeared as a lawyer in the movie Section 375, which was about an alleged rape of a costume designer by a movie’s director.

Indira Jaising is yet to respond to Kangana Ranaut’s latest comments about the Nirbhaya issue and her tweet.

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Amitabh Bachchan Shares Release Dates Of His Upcoming Films

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Amitabh Bachchan is a Bollywood veteran and is probably one of the biggest stars in the industry right now as his career inspired two generations of actors till now.  The actor shows no signs of stopping in spite of his old age.

In a tweet the actor put out early in the morning, Amitabh Bachchan disclosed the release dates of his upcoming films.  The actor will be seen in the movies Gulabo Sitabo, Jhund and Chehre.

 

Amitabh Bachchan will star alongside Ayushmann Khurrana in the movie Gulabo Sitabo.  In Jhund, Amitabh Bachchan stars as Vijay Barse, who began an organisation called Slum Soccer for the upliftment of the lives of underprivileged children.  Chehre is a mystery thriller which will feature the actor alongside Emraan Hashmi.

The teaser of Jhund was released yesterday on social media by Amitabh Bachchan.

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Jhund Teaser Released

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Amitabh Bachchan, who is set to star in the movie Jhund, released the movie’s first look poster on his official Twitter handle yesterday and mentioned the release date would be confirmed today.

The actor once again put out a new tweet, which contains the teaser of the film and the release date.  The movie is set to be released on May 8th, 2020. The teaser shows a group of kids marching towards Amitabh Bachchan, holding bricks, lathis and chains and ends with the date of release of the movie.

 

Jhund is directed by Nagaraj Manjule and is based on the life of Vijay Barse and his organisation Slum Soccer.  This organisation aims to uplift the lives of underprivileged kids from slums by organizing football matches.

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Ajay Devgn Begins Shooting For Rajamouli’s RRR

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Ajay Devgn, who acted in the recently released film Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, is all set to join the cast of S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR and begin his shooting schedule.  This movie also stars Jr. NTR and Ram Charan in the leading roles.

RRR is a fictional tale about Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, whose roles will be played by Ram Charan and Jr. NTR respectively.  The movie also stars Alia Bhatt.

The official Twitter handle of the movie announced the arrival of Ajay Devgn to begin his shooting schedule by saying, “All of us are super charged and ecstatic to kickstart our schedule with @AjayDevgn ji today.. Welcome sir! (sic.)”

 

Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is still running in theaters and became a runaway success.  It crossed the Rs. 150 crore mark and is in its second week of screening.

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Amitabh Bachchan Releases First Poster Of Jhund

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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan is all set to star in his next movie, Jhund, which is directed by Nagraj Manjule.  Jhund is based on the life of Vijay Barse, who was the founder of the organization Slum Soccer.  The organization, based out of Nagpur, aims to uplift the lives of underprivileged children in slums by organizing soccer matches.

Amitabh Bachchan will portray the role of Vijay Barse.  The actor took to his official Twitter handle to announce the release of the first poster of the film Jhund.


 

Amitabh Bachchan also mentioned on his Twitter account the release date of Jhund will be revealed tomorrow.  The actor was recently in the news for winning the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema.

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