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May 23, 1967
Abu Dhabi, presently United Arab Emirates
|Years active||1983 - present|
Rahman (born Rashin Rahman on 23 May 1967 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) is an Indian film actor who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films. He made his debut in Koodevide (1983), and has appeared in more than 150 films. He was a popular film star in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s, and had shifted to Tamil and Telugu films during the 1990s. He did make a comeback in Malayalam films since 2004 and has acted in supporting roles in Tamil and Telugu films post 2000s.
Rahman's native place is in Nilambur, Malappuram district, Kerala. Rahman attended Baldwin Boys High School in Bangalore, St Joseph's Abudhabi in Abu Dhabi, Rex Higher Secondary School in Ooty, and M.E.S. Mampad College, Nilambur.
He is married to Mehrunnisa; they have two children, Rushda and Alisha. A. R. Rahman married actor Rahman's wife's elder sister, Saira Banu.
Rahman's first Malayalam film was Koodevide, which was released in 1983. It 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 fims. 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. One of his latest films was Moss & Cat, directed by Fazil with Dileep as his co-star. He was also the hero of the Rajasenan film Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu. Rajasenan himself was another hero of that film. Rahman appeared in the film Kerala Cafe, in the segment titled "Island Express", under the debutant director Shankar Rama Krishnan (assistant director of Ranjith). The film was released on 29 October 2009. Musafir, produced by Pramod Pappan, is one of Rahman's biggest productions and most expensive ventures to date. The film has yet to reach theaters. He is now acting in the movie titled Lavender directed by Altas T Ali
Tamil and Telugu films
Rahman's first Tamil film was Nileve 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 Kannemuthe, Vasantharagam and Anpulla Appa (with Sivaji Ganeshan). In 1989, after appearing in Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, Puriyatha Puthir 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 also acted in the Telugu remake of Billa, which released on 27 March 2009. Rahman's latest Tamil 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 April 30, 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.
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.
Rahman's big-budget Malayalam movie Musafir, directed by Pramod Pappan, is scheduled for release in December 2012. Mamta Mohandas is the heroine in this film. He is also the hero of Roshan Andrews movies Mumbai Police. Prithviraj is another hero of this film.
His other upcoming ventures in Malayalam are Lavender, Lillies of March and Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshangal and Ennennum Kathorkkan. Lavender is a love story directed by Atlas T. Ali.
- Parannuyaran, directed by Kabeer Raavuthar (1985)
- Mizhiyorangalil, directed by Sasi Mohan (1985)
- Chodyam (Question), directed by G. S. Vijayan with Mohanlal (1989)
- Padhavi, directed by I. V. Sasi with Vikram (1992)
Malayalam dubbed films
- Priyamvadhakkoru Pranya Geetham (1986) Hero dubbed Tamil movie Nilave Malarea
- Aryatha Bhandham (1986) Hero dubbed Tamil movie Kannae Kaniyumedae
|1986||Nilave Malare||Nadhiya||S. A. Chandrasekhar|
|1986||Kanne Kanamuthaiye||Amala||Shakthi and Kannan|
|1986||Vasantharaagam||Vijaykanth, Sudhachandran||S. A. Chandrasekhar|
|1987||Anbulla Appa||Sivaji Ganeshan, Nadhiya||A. C. Thirulokachander|
|1987||Meendum Mahan||Pandiarajan, Rekha||Uthaman|
|1988||Oruvar Vazhum Aalayam||Prabhu, Shivakumar, ShanthiPriya||Shanmugha Priyan|
|1989||Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal||Sithara, Geetha||K. Balachander|
|1990||Manaivi Vandha Neram||Radha, Sithara||Karaikudi Narayanan|
|1990||Pattanamdhan Pogalamadi||Radhika||C. P. Kolappan|
|1990||Pakalil Pournami||Lisy||Cochin Haneefa|
|1990||Pattikadan||Rupini||T. S. Krishna Kumar|
|1990||Aarathi Edungadi||Kushboo||K. Chandranath|
|1990||Puriyaadha Pudhir||Raghuvaran, Sithara||K. S. Ravikumar|
|1991||Pattondru Ketten||Sithara||V. C. Guhanathan|
|1991||Nee Pathi Naan Pathi||Gouthami||Vasanth|
|1991||Seetha||Gouthami, Kanaka||S. A. Chandrasekhar|
|1992||Mappillai Vandhachu||Gouthami||Sasi Mohan|
|1992||Naane Varuven||Sripriya, Gouthami||Sripriya|
|1992||Thambi Pondati||Ramya Krishnan, Suganya||Panchu Arunachalam|
|1993||Nam Nattu Rajakkal||Kushboo||-|
|1993||Athma||Gouthami, Ramki||Prathap Pothen|
|1993||Udan Pirappu||Sathyaraj, Kasthuri, Suganya||P. Vasu|
|1993||Athiradi Padai||Roja,||R. K. Selvamani|
|1993||Ponvilangu||Sivaranjini||K. S. Rajkumar|
|1995||Dear Son Marudu||Shivakumar, Soundarya||M. Solai Rajendran|
|1995||Pattupadava||Lavanya||B. R. Vijaya Lakshmi|
|1996||Kalki||Prakashraj, Shruthi, Geetha||K. Balachander|
|2000||Ninaikkatha Naalillai||Parthipan, Devayani||A. L. Raja|
|2004||Aethiree||Madhavan, Sadha, Kanika||K. S. Ravikumar|
|2005||Raam||Jeeva, Gajala||Ameer Sultan|
|2007||Kuttrapathirikai||Ramki, Ramya Krishnan||R. K. Selvamani|
|2007||Billa||Ajith Kumar, Prabhu Ganesan||Vishnuvardhan|
|2011||Manathil Oru Margazhi||Sharmila||Sathish Thariyan|
|2011||Vanthaan Vendraan||Jeeva||R. Kannan|
|2012||Billa II||Ajith Kumar||Chakri Toleti|
|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|
|Aaalayam||Shivaji, Honey Rose||Muthyala Subayya|
|Billa||Prabhas, Namitha||Meher Ramesh|
|Simha||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Namitha||Boyapati Srinu|
|Oosaravelli||Jr. NTR, Tamanna||Surendar Reddy|
|Adhinayakudu||Nandamuri Balakrishna||Paruchuri Murali|