Rashin Rahman (born 23 May 1967) is an Indian actor. He has worked in around 200 films, primarily in Malayalam cinema, in addition to Tamil, Hindi and Telugu cinema, and has won several awards.[1] In Tamil and Telugu cinema, he is also known by the screen names Raghuman and Raghu.

Rashin Rahman

(1967-05-23) 23 May 1967 (age 56)
Other namesRaghuman (Raghu)
Years active1983–present
(m. 1993)

He made his acting debut in Koodevide (1983), for which he won his first Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor. He was a popular teen idol in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s, which heightened his stardom in Malayalam film industry. He eventually shifted to playing lead roles in Tamil and Telugu films during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He made a comeback in Malayalam films in 2004.[2]

Film career edit

Malayalam films edit

In 1983, Rahman was attending his high school in Ooty, he was spotted by noted Malayalam director Padmarajan who offered him the lead role in his film Koodevide. The film became a big hit and he was turned out to be an instant sensation. He was well appreciated for his acting and went on to win the Kerala State Award for Second Best Actor in his debut role at the age of 16. In 1984, he acted in Kaliyil Alpam Karyam directed by Sathyan Anthikad and Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove by Bharathan. He received critical acclaim and awards for the performance in Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove. In the same year, he acted in Kanamarayathu directed by I.V. Sasi, which went on to become a critical and commercials success. The song Oru Madhurakinavin which picturised him and Shobana became very popular and was a chartbuster all over Kerala. It is considered as the iconic dance number in Malayalam cinema even now.

In the same year, he acted in Padmarajan's Parannu Parannu Parannu alongside Rohini. He was then seen in I.V. Sasi's thriller film Uyarangalil, Adiyozhukkukal and K. S. Sethumadhavan's family drama Ariyaatha Veethikal. Then he acted in another film of Sathyan Anthikad titled Aduthaduthu, and J. Sasikumar's Ivide Thudangunnu alongside Rohini.

In the first half of 1985, he acted in Kandu Kandarinju, I. V. Sasi's Angadikkappurathu, Upaharam and by that time Rahman had created a huge fan base and stardom in Malayalam film industry.[3] He was then seen in Sajan's Thammil Thammil alongside Shobana, Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar and Orikkal Oridathu alongside Rohini. In the second half of 1985, he starred in romantic film Ivide Ee Theerathu, Ente Kaanakkuyil, Koodum Thedi and Katha Ithuvare. Then he acted in Eeran Sandhya, Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum and Priyadarshan's Punnaram Cholli Cholli, all of which went on to become commercially successful. In 1986, he acted in I. V. Sasi's super hit film Vartha along with Mammootty, Mohanlal and Seema and a cameo appearance in Aayiram Kannukal. Then, he went on to act in the titile role of Nathan in Ennu Nathante Nimmi. Then, he acted in Chilambu directed by Bharathan, which is a martial art movie and it went on to become big hit at the box office.[4] His next release of the year was Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu, Koodanayum Kattu, Pappan Priyappetta Pappan and P. Padmarajan's crime thriller Kariyilakkattu Pole.[5]

In 1987, he starred in I. V. Sasi's family drama Ithrayum Kaalam and Sathyan Anthikad directorial Gaayathridevi Ente Amma along with Seema. His next release was Aankiliyude Tharattu which was also dubbed into Tamil language. His first release of 1988 was Moonnam Pakkam, sentimental drama film directed by Padmarajan and then Mukthi by I. V. Sasi. Then, he played dual role in thriller film Charithram which was commercially andcriticallly appreciated.[citation needed] Then, he acted in Kaalal Pada along with Jayaram and Suresh Gopi. He acted in the films of almost all the major Malayalam directors at that time including Padmarajan, Bharathan, and I. V. Sasi. He was absent from the Malayalam film industry in the early 1990s as he concentrated on Tamil and Telugu films.

He had only one release in Malayalam during 1990, which was Veena Meettiya Vilangukal directed by Cochin Haneefa. After a long absence, he acted in Mazhavilkoodaram, King Soloman and Hitlist during the early 1990s. After another interval, he came back with the movie Dreams, playing the role of a police officer. In 2004, he acted in Black, alongside Mammootty. After Black, during 2005 and 2006 he acted in films such as Rajamanikyam, Mahasamudram and Bhargavacharitham Moonam Khandam. He had four Malayalam film releases in 2007, which are the lead roles in Abraham & Lincoln and Nanma, along with Kalabhavan Mani. And, he acted in director Kamal's film Goal and Ranjith's Rock & Roll In 2008, he did a cameo role in Veruthe oru Bharya. In 2009, he acted in Moss & Cat, directed by Fazil with Dileep as his co-star and Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu.

Rahman then appeared in the film Kerala Cafe, in the segment titled "Island Express", under the director Shankar RamaKrishnan. Musafir, produced by Pramod Pappan, was one of Rahman's biggest productions and most expensive ventures to date. Then in 2011, he acted in Traffic, a multi-narrative road thriller film written by his friends Bobby and Sanjay.[6] His next theatrical release was Manjadikuru written and directed by Anjali Menon.[7][8] In 2012, he acted in Bachelor Party, a gangster drama film directed by Amal Neerad.[9]

He was then seen in one of the lead roles along with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Jayasurya in 2013 film Mumbai Police penned by Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Rosshan Andrrews was a big success in Kerala.[10] In 2015, he did the lead role in Lavender written by Anoop Menon.[11] And, then he starred in 2016 film Marupadi directed by V.M. Vinu.[12][13]

Then he starred in 2018 action thriller film Ranam along with Prithviraj Sukumaran and was appreciated for his performance as a drug don.[14][15][16] In 2019, he starred in Virus medical thriller film directed by Aashiq Abu set against the backdrop of the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala.[17]

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. He subsequently appeared in Kanne Kaniyamuthe, Vasantha Raagam and Anbulla Appa (with Sivaji Ganeshan). In 1989, after appearing in

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. The Tamil film Ethiri (2004) was the first film Rahman dubbed in his own voice. In 2005, after a long gap in Telugu, Rahman acted in Dhairyam (2005), a Telugu film released in Andhra Pradesh that was well received. Rahman then performed in the Tamil films Raam and Thoothukudi, which were released in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He was the villain in Billa (2007), in which he reprised his role as the main antagonist in the Telugu film by the same name, released in 2009.

After his debut with Suhasini as the heroine, he worked with her again after a long gap of 25 years for the Tamil movie, Balam (2009).[18] His next film Vaamanan, directed by Ahmed (who has worked as assistant to director Kathir), did well throughout South India. 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. In 2014, he acted as the protagonist's father in the movie Govindudu Andarivadele, directed by Krishna Vamsi. In 2016, he starred in the Tamil-language thriller film Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. He also played the main roles in Pagadi Aattam (2017) and Oru Mugathirai (2017). He played the role Madhurantakan on the historic epic drama, Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022) directed by Mani Ratnam.[19]

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 for Rahman for this award from the nominations including Kamal Haasan, 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.

Filmography edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released

Malayalam films edit

List of Rahman Malayalam film credits
Year Title Character Notes
1983 Koodevide Ravi Puthooran
1984 Kaliyil Alpam Karyam Babu
Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove Unni
Kanamarayathu Baby
Parannu Parannu Parannu Emil
Uyarangalil Chandran
Adiyozhukkukal Chandran
Aduthaduthu Raju
Ivide Thudhagunnu Babu
1985 Kandu Kandarinju Kunjunni
Angadikkappurathu Charley
Upaharam Ajit Chandran
Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar Balu
Orikkal Oridathu Sethu
Ivide Ee Theerathu Gopinath
Ente Kaanakkuyil Suresh
Koodum Thedi Rex
Katha Ithuvare Vinayan
Thammil Thammil Vivek
Eeran Sandhya Raju
Ee Thanalil Ithiri Nerum Ravi
Punnaram Cholli Cholli Biju
1986 Vartha Unnikrishnan
Aayiram Kannukal Band Troupe Singer Cameo
Ennu Nathante Nimmi Nathan
Chilambu Paramu
Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu Sanjay / Sanju
Koodanayum Kattu Tommy
Pappan Priyappetta Pappan Pappan
Kariyilakkattupole Anil Kumar
Onnam Prathi Olivil -
1987 Ithrayum Kalam Pappachan
Gaayathridevi Ente Amma Appu
Aankiliyude Tharattu Babu
1988 Moonnam Pakkam Lopez
Mukthi Sudhakaran
1989 Charithram Raju Manavalan, Albert dual role
Kaalal Pada Sunny
1992 Apaaratha Prathapan
1995 Mazhavilkoodaram Jithin Babu
2000 Dreamz Peter
2004 Black Ashok Srinivas
2005 Rajamanikyam Raju
2006 Mahha Samudram Rarichan
Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam Vinod
2007 Rock & Roll Henry
Goal Vijay
Nanma Nakulan
Abraham & Lincoln Lincoln George
2008 Veruthe Oru Bharya Police officer
2009 Kerala Cafe / Island Express Ranji
Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu Raju
Moss & Cat Sumesh Vasudev
2011 Traffic Sidharth Shankar
2012 Manjadikuru Raghu Maaman
Bachelor Party Benny
2013 Musafir Humayoon/Musafir
Mumbai Police CP Farhan Aman
2015 Lavender Ayaan/Ajay
2016 Marupadi Eby
2018 Ranam Damodar Ratnam
2019 Virus Dr. Rahim
2023 Samara Antony

Tamil films edit

List of Rahman Tamil film credits
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Nilave Malare Vijay
Kanne Kaniyamuthe Peraka
Vasantha Raagam Raghu
1987 Meendum Mahaan Raghu
Anbulla Appa Madhu
1988 Oruvar Vazhum Aalayam Jeeva
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Mani Bharathi
1990 Aarathi Edungadi Kannan
Pattikattan Muthuraasa
Pagalil Pournami Rajasekar's brother
Pattanamdhan Pokalamadi Balu
Manaivi Vantha Neram Sudhakar
Seetha Vijay
Puriyaadha Pudhir Raghu
1991 Pudhiya Raagam Raja
Nee Pathi Naan Pathi Nandha
Paattondru Ketten Raghu
1992 Thambi Pondatti Somu
Naane Varuven Raja
1993 Pon Vilangu Raghu
Athma Raghu
Udan Pirappu Viji
Karuppu Vellai Surya
1994 Athiradi Padai Saatha
Hero Ramu
1995 Paattu Padava Rishi
Dear Son Maruthu Maruthu
1996 Kalki Paranjothi
1999 Suryodayam Bala
Sangamam Selvam
2001 Ninaikkatha Naalillai Arun
2004 Ethiri Raghavan
2005 Raam Umar
2006 Thoothukudi Lingam
Kasu Karan
2007 Billa Jagdish / Gokulnath
Kuttrapathirikai Arun
2009 Balam Abhishek
Vaamanan John Vijay
2011 Vandhan Vendran Commissioner of Mumbai
Lathika Anthony
2012 Billa II Jagdish
2013 Singam II Thangaraj
2014 Ennamo Nadakkudhu Burma
2015 En Vazhi Thani Vazhi Thangaraj
36 Vayadhinile Tamizhselvan
2016 Kuttrame Thandanai Vijay Prakash
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru Deepak
2017 Pagadi Aattam Devendrakumar
Oru Mugathirai Sathyamoorthy Rathnavel
Sathura Adi 3500 Police inspector
2019 Seven Vijay Prakash
2022 Ponniyin Selvan: I Madhurantakan
2023 Ponniyin Selvan: II Madhurantakan

Telugu films edit

List of Rahman Telugu film credits
Year Title Character Notes
1991 Bharat Bandh
1992 Priyathama
1993| Aadarsham Chakrapani
2000 Sri Srimathi Sathyabhaama
2005 Dhairyam Somaraju
2009 Billa Devil/Dharmendra
2010 Simha Jagadish Prasad
2011| Oosaravelli DCP Vikram Sinha(as mentioned in news)
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 Mission Control Director Chandra Kanth
2019 Seven Police Officer Vijay Prakash
2021 Seetimaarr DCP Aravind

Hindi Films edit

List of Rahman Hindi film credits
Year Film Role Notes
2023 Ganapath: A Hero is Born Shiva

Web series edit

1000+ Babies (Disney Hotstar) - Filiming

TV serials edit

Reality show as Judge edit

Super Jodi (2010) -(Surya TV) -Malayalam

Awards edit

  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

Personal life edit

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 Savithri. He has a younger sister Shameema.[20] He was educated at Merryland Kindergarten, Abu Dhabi and 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 Dr. Gafoor Memorial MES Mampad College, Mampad-Malappuram .[21]

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

References edit

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  20. ^ "സിനിമാ താരം റഹ്മാന്റെ പിതാവ് കെ.എം.എ റഹ്മാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു; അന്ത്യം നിലമ്പൂരിലെ വീട്ടിൽ..." www.marunadanmalayalee.com. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
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