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Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman turns 46

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The Mozart of Madras and the Oscar winner, AR Rahman is turning 46 today. The ace music director is gearing up for an exciting year ahead, as he has not only big Indian films in his kitty but also an international project with an acclaimed filmmaker.

AR Rahman will be keeping himself busy in Tamil films, most of the year. He has as many as four big movies in the Kollywood. Firstly, he will be scoring music for superstar Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan. Then comes Mani Ratnam's tentatively titled Pookadai followed by Gautham Menon's Yohan: Adhyayam Ondru, and finally Bharat Bala's proposed project.

Moving away from the Kollywood, the Slumdog Millionaire musician, who worked in the Kannada film industry under Ilaiyaraaja as an assistant, is making his debut in the Sandalwood this year with Upendra's forthcoming movie Godfather. But it is not sure whether he will use his earlier tunes for the film or compose fresh numbers.

The interesting part of the story is that AR Rahman, for the first time, is joining hands with legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra for his Bollywood film, which stars Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, and he is scoring the music for Steven Spielberg's co-produced Hollywood movie Welcome to People.

With these films, AR Rahman will treat his fans all across the globe.

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