Rahman (actor)

Rahman (born Rashin Rahman) is an Indian film actor who has starred in over 150 films, primarily Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.At 90's Rahman is a superstar of Malayalam film industry.[1] In Tamil and Telugu cinema, he is also known by the screen names Raghuman and 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 after the 2000s.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born on 23 May 1967 in Abu Dhabi. His family originally hails from Nilambur, Malappuram. He is born as eldest among two children to K. M. A. Rahman and Savi. He has a younger sister Shameema.[3]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 pre-university degree at M.E.S. Mampad College, Malappuram.[4]

He has two children. His wife Meherunnisa is the sister of music director A. R. Rahman's wife Saira Banu.

Film careerEdit

Malayalam filmsEdit

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, Chilambu, Thammil Thammil, Pappan Priyappetta Pappan, Uyarangalil, Vaartha, Upaharam, Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu, Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum, Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar, Kandu Kandarinju, Mukthi, Charithram, Kaalal Pada, Veena Meettiya Vilangukal and Aparatha.

He was absent from the Malayalam film industry in the early 1990s as he concentrated on Tamil and Telugu films. After a long absence, he acted in Mazhavilkoodaram, King Soloman 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 Moonam Khandam. He was the hero in films such as Abraham & 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 a big success in Kerala. Prithviraj was another hero of this film.[5]

Tamil and Telugu filmsEdit

Rahman's first Tamil film was Nilave Malare, which was released in 1986; the director of the film was S. A. Chandrasekhar. 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 Subbaiah.

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.

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is his latest Tamil movie which is an investigation thriller in genre. The film won high reviews and became a blockbuster at the box office.


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 for 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[6]
  • 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
  • Asianet Film Awards: Best Actor in Negative Role for Ranam -2018


Malayalam filmsEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Character Notes
1983 Koodevide Ravi Puthooran
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Babu
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove Unni
1984 Kanamarayathu Baby
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu Emil
1984 Uyarangalil Chandran
1984 Ariyaatha Veethikal Babu
1984 Adiyozhukkukal Chandran
1984 Aduthaduthu Raju
1984 Ivide Thudhagunnu Babu
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Kunjunni
1985 Angadikkappurathu Charley
1985 Vartha Unnikrishnan
1985 Upaharam Ajit Chandran
1985 Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar Balu
1985 Orikkal Oridathu Sethu
1985 Ivide Ee Theerathu Gopinath
1985 Ente Kaanakkuyil Suresh
1985 Koodum Thedi Rex
1985 Katha Ithuvare Vinayan
1985 Thammil Thammil Vivek
1985 Eeran Sandhya Raju
1985 Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Biju
1986 Ariyaatha Bandham
1986 Aayiram Kannukal
1986 Ennu Nathante Nimmi Nathan
1986 Chilambu Paramu
1986 Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu
1986 Koodanayum Kattu
1986 Sunil Vayassu 20 Sunil
1986 Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Pappan
1986 Kariyilakkattupole Anil Kumar
1986 Onnam Prathi Olivil
1987 Ithrayum Kalam Pappachan
1987 Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Appu
1987 Aankiliyude Tharattu Babu
1988 Moonnam Pakkam Lopez
1988 Mukthi Sudhakaran
1989 Charithram Raju Manavalan and Albert dual role
1989 Kaalal Pada Sunny
1990 Veena Meettiya Vilangukal Dileep
1991 Apaaratha Prathapan
1995 Mazhavilkoodaram Jithin Babu
1996 King Soloman Soloman
1996 Hitlist Soloman/Hitler
2000 Dreamz Peter
2004 Black Ashok Srinivas
2005 Rajamanikyam Raju
2006 Mahha Samudram
2006 Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam Vinod
2007 Rock & Roll Henry
2007 Goal Vijay
2007 Nanma Nakulan
2007 Abraham & Lincoln Lincoln George
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Police officer
2009 Kerala Cafe / Island Express Ranji
2009 Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu Raju
2009 Moss & Cat Sumesh Vasudev
2011 Traffic Sidharth Shankar
2012 Manjadikuru Raghu Maaman
2012 Bachelor Party Benny
2013 Lillies of March Himself
2013 Musafir Humayoon/Musafir
2013 Mumbai Police CP Farhan Aman
2015 Lavender Ayaan/Ajay
2016 Marupadi Eby
2018 Ranam Damodar Ratnam
2019 Virus Dr. Rahim
2020 Ente Sathyanweshana Pareekshakal   Joe Filming
2020 Blue   TBA Announced

Tamil filmsEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Nilave Malare Vijay
1986 Kanne Kaniyamuthe
1986 Vasantha Raagam
1987 Meendum Mahan Raghu
1987 Anbulla Appa Madhu
1988 Oruvar Vazhum Aalayam Jeeva
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Mani bharathi
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1990 Aarathi Edungadi
1990 Pattikattan
1990 Pagalil Pournami
1990 Pattanamdhan Pokalamadi
1990 Manaivi Vantha Neram
1990 Seetha Vijay
1990 Puriyaadha Pudhir
1991 Pudhiya Raagam Raja
1991 Paattondru Ketten
1992 Thambi Pondatti Somu
1992 Naane Varuven
1992 Mappillai Vanthachu
1993 Pon Vilangu
1993 Nam Nattu Rajakkal
1993 Athma Raghu
1993 Udan Pirappu Viji
1993 Karuppu Vellai
1994 Athiradi Padai
1994 Hero
1995 Paattu Padava Rishi
1995 Dear Son Maruthu Maruthu
1996 Kalki Paranjothi
1999 Suryodayam Bala
1999 Sangamam Selvam
2001 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Arun
2004 Ethiri Raghavan
2005 Raam Umar
2006 Thoothukudi
2006 Kasu Karan
2007 Billa Jagdish/Gokulnath
2007 Kuttrapathirikai Arun
2009 Balam Abhishek
2009 Vaamanan John Vijay
2011 Vandhan Vendran Commissioner of Mumbai
2011 Lathika Anthony
2012 Billa II Jagdish
2013 Singam II Thangaraj
2014 Ennamo Nadakkudhu Burma
2015 36 Vayadhinile Tamizhselvan
2016 Kuttrame Thandanai Vijay Prakash
2016 Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Deepak
2017 Pagadi Aattam Devendrakumar
2017 Oru Mugathirai Sathyamoorthy Rathnavel
2017 Sathura Adi 3500
2019 Seven Vijay Prakash
2020 Operation Arapaima   Naval Officer Filming
2020 Sarvadhikari   TBA Filming
2020 Jana Gana Mana   TBA Filming
2020 Naadaga Medai   TBA Announced
2020 Thupparivaalan 2   Filming
2020 Ponniyin Selvan   TBA Filming

Telugu filmsEdit

Year Title Character Notes
1984 Manmadha Saamrajyam
1987 rasa leela 'hero'(debut)
1987 Raputy Rowdy
1989 Chinnari Sneham
1989 Bharyalu Jagratha
1991 Priyathama
1991 Bharath Bandh
1991 Samsara Veena
1993 Repati Rowdy
1993 Aadarsham
1994 Samaram
1994 Khaidi No. 1 Dubbed into Tamil as Hero
2000 Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama
2005 Dhairyam
2008 Aaalayam
2009 Billa Devil/Dharmendra
2010 Simha Jagadish Prasad
2011 Oosaravelli DCP
2012 Adhinayakudu Rama Krishna Prasad's brother
2013 Shatruvu Mayor Aravind
2014 Govindudu Andarivadele Dr. Chandrasekhar Rao
2016 Janatha Garage Shiva
2018 Antariksham 9000 KMPH ISC Director Chandra Kanth
2019 Seven Police Officer Vijay Prakash
2021 Seetimaarr TBA Filming;Gopichand Tamanna Film

TV serialsEdit

Reality show as Judge
  • Super Jodi (2010) -(Surya TV) -Malayalam


  1. Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor - 1983 - Koodevide
  2. Film Federation Chamber Award - 1984 - Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove
  3. Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor - 1985 - Chilambu
  4. Etisalat Everest Film Awards - 2007 - Trendsetter in the History of Malayalam Cinema's 78 Years
  5. Padmarajan Award - 2015 - Lifetime Achievement
  6. MGR Sivaji Academy Award - 2016 - Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
  7. Madras Television Award - 2017 - Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
  8. Asianet film awards -2019- Ranam


  1. ^ "Hero is now actor of substance". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Manorama Online | Interviews". manoramaonline.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ https://www.marunadanmalayali.com/more/obituary/rahman-s-father-kma-rahman-passes-away-132711
  4. ^ "റഹ്മാന്‍". Cinidiary (in Malayalam). Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Review: Mumbai Police is impressive". Rediff.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Past To Present: Who Can Replace Mammootty, Suhasini & Rahman If Koodevide Is Remade Now?". Filmibeat. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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