As singer-composer AR Rahman celebrates his 47th birthday, we list some his most popular songs from the Hindi film industry.
Calling him an ace musician is a massive understatement. Known as the Mozart of Madras, Rahman has two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Grammy Awards, four National Film Awards, a Golden Globe, 15 Filmfare Awards and 13 Filmfare Awards South in his kitty and is a veritable powerhouse of music. Raanjhanaa (2013)Be it Banarasiya or Tum Tak, every song in this Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol and Dhanush-starrer movie was a hit. Chali Re and Challa from Yash Chopra's last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan were among the chartbusters spanning the entire year. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) Rockstar (2011)Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar not only marked the emergence of superstar Ranbir Kapoor, songs like Sadda Haq ruled the charts and till date remains a youth anthem. Delhi 6 (2006)Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6 may not have struck gold at the box office but it certainly wowed the audience. Songs like Masakkali, Rehna Tu and Arziyaan were very popular. Rang De Basanti (2006)The film that defined the anger and frustration of the young, used songs to give voice to their collective inner turmoil. Numbers like Paathshaala, Sasural Genda Phool, Lukka Chuppi and Khalbali continue to be part of most people's favourite lists. Lagaan (2001)Aamir Khan's Lagaan had songs like O Re Chori, Chale Chalo that added lyrical quality to the narrative and became hits. Slumdog Millionnaire (2008)This album has the Oscar-winning song Jai Ho, apart from songs like Rong Ring Ringa which are still popular. Taal (1999)Aishwarya Rai, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna-starrer Taal was a musical hit. Be it Ishq Bina, or the title track or Kahi Aag Lage - each song in the album was a chartbuster. Dil Se (1998)Mani Ratnam's Dil Se may not have been a hit at the box office but Rahman's music ensured that the film stays in our collective memory. Songs like Chaiyya Chaiyya, Ae Ajnabi and Jiya Jale are still played with reverence. Rangeela (1995)Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela not only established Urmila Matondkar as an actress but was stood out because of its songs, composed by the very talented AR Rahman. Roja (1992)The songs of AR Rahman's first Hindi movie Roja continue to haunt lovers. The title track, Yeh Haseen Vaadiyan, among others remains some of the most romantic numbers of Hindi films. Rahman's treasury is a long list of hits, so we are sure to miss several numbers. Share your favourite Rahman songs in the comment box below.