AR Rahman ‘starved’ to look thin a day before his Oscar win

When asked what was his mental space on the eve of the big award event, Rahman said to a news agency, 'Actually nothing. I was just starving to look thin for the ceremony!'

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Mumbai: AR Rahman created history in 2009 by becoming the first ever Indian to win two Academy Awards in a single night but the music composer says on the eve of the ceremony, he was “starving” to look in shape.

Rahman bagged two Academy Awards, one for the original score for Slumdog Millionaire and the other for the hugely popular global hit “Jai Ho.”

While things changed dramatically for Rahman post his win, when asked what was his mental space on the eve of the big award event, Rahman said to a news agency, “Actually nothing. I was just starving to look thin for the ceremony!”

The Danny Boyle-directed drama swept the 81st Academy Award with eight trophies out of 10 nominations.

Rahman shot to global fame with his win and went on to get two more Oscar nominations in 2011 for his original score and song for Boyle’s 127 Hours.

Rahman in Dharavi to soak in inspiration for Slumdog…

When asked if it was difficult to move past the shadows of two Oscars, Rahman said, “Yes. I have moved on because it’s a great identity for me and I needed that identity to be in Hollywood. Now, whenever I am mentioned there, people know my name. That helped me move further not just in music, but also producing movies and going into technologies like virtual reality and cinematic virtual reality and so much of the stuff that’s going to come this year. So, all this freedom came with this power.”

The composers was speaking at a special ceremony to celebrate the film’s 10 years of Oscar win, Monday.

The event took place in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, as an ode to Slumdog Millionaire, which chronicled the story of a boy’s journey from rags to riches.

On the occasion, Rahman narrated an incident how Anil Kapoor missed watching him bag the Golden Globe award as the actor went out to get a drink for him.

“I was sitting next to Anil and I was so thirsty. He was very kind and said he’ll get a Sprite for me. By the time he went and got it, I got the award,” Rahman said.

To which Anil replied, “I’ll never forgive him! I was waiting for him to get an award. But he was thirsty so I said I’ll go. There was so much crowd at the bar counter, by the time I was back he got the award!

“But then I saw the Oscar, which was the cherry on the cake. You don’t know what I felt when he went on stage and the song was played. I wish I could break the protocol and start dancing on stage. I had to control myself,” he added.

Awards won by AR Rahman

Academy Awards

Year Film Category Result
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Best Original Score Won
Best Original Song (shared with Gulzar) (for “Jai Ho”)
Best Original Song (shared with M.I.A.) (for “O… Saya”) Nominated
2011 127 Hours Best Original Score
Best Original Song (Shared with Dido and Rollo Armstrong for “If I Rise”

BAFTA Awards

Year Film Category Result
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Best Film Music Won
2011 127 Hours Best Film Music Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Year Film Category Result
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Best Original Score Won
2011 127 Hours Best Original Score Nominated

Grammy Awards

Year Film Category Result
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Won
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Jai Ho)

World Soundtrack Awards

Year Film Category Result
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Won
2011 127 Hours The Public Choice Award Won
2017 Viceroy’s House The Public Choice Award Won

National Film Awards

Year Film Category Result
1992 Roja Best Music Direction Won
1996 Minsara Kanavu
2001 Lagaan
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal
2017 Kaatru Veliyidai
2017 Mom Best Background Score

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Year Film Category Result
1992 Roja Best Music Direction Won
993 Gentleman
1994 Kadhalan
1996 Minsaara Kanavu
1999 Sangamam
2014 Kaaviya Thalaivan

Filmfare Awards

Soundtrack

Year Film Category Result
1996 Rangeela Best Music Director Won
1999 Dil Se..
2000 Taal
2002 Lagaan
2003 Saathiya
2005 Swades Nominated
2007 Rang de Basanti Won
2008 Guru
2009 Jodha Akbar Nominated
2009 Ghajini
2009 Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na Won
2010 Delhi 6
2012 Rockstar
2014 Raanjhanaa Nominated
2016 Tamasha

Background Score

Year Film Category Result
2003 The Legend of Bhagat Singh Best Background Score Won
2005 Swades
2008 Guru
2009 Jodhaa Akbar
2018 Mom Nominated

Special Awards

Year Category Result
1995 Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Won

Filmfare Awards South

Tamil

Year Film Category Result
1993 Roja Best Music Director Won
1994 Gentleman
1995 Kadhalan
1996 Bombay
1997 Kadhal Desam
1998 Minsaara Kanavu
1999 Jeans
2000 Mudhalvan
2001 Alaipayuthey
2007 Sillunu Oru Kadhal
2008 Sivaji: The Boss
2011 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
2014 Kadal
2016 I
2017 Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
2018 Mersal

Telugu

Year Film Category Result
2011 Ye Maaya Chesave Best Music Director Won

IIFA Awards

Soundtrack

Year Film Category Result
2000 Taal Best Music Director Won
2002 Lagaan
2003 Saathiya
2007 Rang De Basanti
2008 Guru
2009 Jodhaa Akbar
2012 Rockstar

Background Score

Year Film Category Result
2008 Guru Best Background Score Won
2009 Jodhaa Akbar
2012 Rockstar

Special Awards

Year Category Result
2008 Outstanding Contribution by an Indian in International Cinema Won
2009 IIFA Music Director of the Decade

Other Awards

  • BIG Star Entertainment Awards
    • 2011 – BIG Star Most Entertaining Song – “Saadda Haq” (Rockstar)
  • Bollywood Music Awards
    • 2000 – Best Music Direction – Taal
    • 2000 – Best Song – “Taal Se Taal Mila” (Taal)
    • 2002 – Best Music Direction – Lagaan
    • 2003 – Best Music Direction – Saathiya
  • Cinema Express Awards
    • 1993 – Best Music (Hindi) – Roja
    • 1994 – Best Music (Tamil) – Gentleman
    • 1995 – Best Music (Tamil) – Kadhalan
    • 1997 – Best Music (Tamil) – Kadhal Desam
    • 1999 – Best Music (Tamil) – Jeans
    • 2013 – Best Music (Tamil) – Maryan
  • IIFA Utsavam
    • 2017 – Best Music Director (Tamil) – Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
  • CineGoers’ Award
    • 1993 – Best Music (Tamil) – Roja
    • 1994 – Best Music (Tamil) – Gentleman
    • 1995 – Best Music (Tamil) – Kadhalan
    • 1996 – Best Music (Tamil) – Bombay
    • Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA)
    • 2007 – GIFA Award for Best Music – Rang De Basanti
    • 2007 – GIFA Award for Best Background Music – Rang De Basanti
  • Film Fans’ Award
    • 1993 – Best Music (Tamil) – Roja
    • 1994 – Best Music (Tamil) – Gentleman
    • 1995 – Best Music (Tamil) – Kadhalan
    • 1996 – Best Music (Tamil) – Bombay
  • Kalasaagar Award
    • 1993 – Best Music (Tamil) – Roja
    • 1994 – Best Music (Tamil) – Gentleman
    • 1995 – Best Music (Tamil) – Kadhalan
    • 1996 – Best Music (Tamil) – Bombay
  • Sangeet Awards
    • 2004 – Best Music Direction (Critics Award) – Yuva
    • 2004 – Best Music Arrangement (Critics Award) – “Yeh Rishta” – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities
    • 2005 – Best Music Direction (Critics Award) – Swades
  • Screen Videocon Awards / Star Screen Awards
    • 1998 – Best Non-film Album – Vande Mataram(Non-film category)
    • 2000 – Best Music Direction – Taal
    • 2007 – Best Background Music- Rang De Basanti
    • 2008 – Best Music Direction – Guru
    • 2008 – Best Background Music – Guru
    • 2009 – Best Music Direction – Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
    • 2009 – Best Background Music – Jodhaa Akbar
    • 2010 – Best Music Direction – Delhi-6
    • 2012 – Best Music Direction – Rockstar
    • Screen-Videocon Awards South
    • 1997 – Best Music Direction (Tamil) – Kadhal Desam
    • 1998 – Best Music Direction (Tamil) – Minsara Kanavu
  • South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA)
    • 2017 – Best Music Director (Tamil) – Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
  • Zee Cine Awards
    • 2000 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Taal
    • 2002 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Lagaan
    • 2003 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Saathiya
    • 2007 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Rang De Basanti
    • 2008 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Guru
    • 2008 – Zee Cine Award Best Background Music – Guru
    • 2012 – Zee Cine Award Best Music Director – Rockstar
  • Vijay Awards
    • 2006 – Most Favourite Music Director
    • 2007 – Vijay Award for Best Music Director – Sivaji
    • 2008 – Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema
    • 2010 – Vijay Award for Best Music Director – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
    • 2013 – Vijay Award for Best Music Director – Kadal
    • 2014 – Vijay Award for Best Background Score – Kochadaiiyaan
    • 2018 – Vijay Award for Best Music Director – Mersal
    • 2019 — Vijay Award for Best Music Director — Sarvam Thaala Mayam
  • Vikatan Awards
    • 2011 – Best Music Director – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
    • 2016 – Best Music Director – O Kadhal Kanmani
    • 2017 – Best Music Director – Mersaland Kaatru Veliyidai
  • V Shantaram Award
    • 2001 – Best Music – Taal
    • 2007 – Best Music – Guru
    • 2008 – Best Music – Jodhaa Akbar
  • CineMAA Awards
    • 2011 – Best Music Director – Ye Maaya Chesave
  • CNN-IBN Song of the Year Award
    • 2006 – “Roobaroo” (Rang De Basanti)
    • 2007 – “Tere Bina” (Guru)
    • 2008 – “Kabhi Kabhi Aditi” (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
  • Mirchi Music Awards
  • 2008 (Tata Indicom Mirchi Music Awards)
    • Music Director of the Year – A. R. Rahman for Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
    • Technical Award For Film Background Score – Jodhaa Akbar
    • Album of the Year – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
    • Tata Indicom Mirchi Listeners Choice Song of the Year – “Kabhi Kabhi Aditi” (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
    • Tata Indicom Mirchi Listeners Choice Album of the Year – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
  • 2009 (Airtel Mirchi Music Awards)
    • Music Director of the Year – A. R. Rahman for Delhi-6
    • Album of the Year – Delhi-6
    • Best Song Arranger and Programmer – “Masakali” (Delhi-6)
    • Song of the Year – “Masakali” (Delhi-6)
  • 2011
    • Album of The Year – Rockstar
    • Listeners’ Choice Album of the Year – Rockstar
    • Listeners’ Choice Song of the Year – “Naadan Parindey” (Rockstar)
    • Music Composer of The Year – “Naadan Parindey” (Rockstar)
    • Music Composer of The Year – “Sadda Haq” (Rockstar) – Nominated
    • Song of The Year – “Naadan Parindey” (Rockstar) – Nominated
    • Song of The Year – “Sadda Haq” (Rockstar) – Nominated
  • 2012
    • Background Score of the Year – Jab Tak Hai Jaan – Nominated
  • 2014
    • Best Background Score – Highway – Nominated
  • Planet-Bollywood People’s Choice Awards
    • 2006: People’s Choice Best Music Award – Rang De Basanti
    • 2006: People’s Choice Best Background Music Award – Rang De Basanti
  • SuMu Music Awards
    • 1993: R. D. Burman Award for Best New Composer
  • Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards
    • 2008: Best Music Composer of the Year – Sivaji: The Boss
  • Black Reel Awards
    • 2008 – Best Original Soundtrack – Slumdog Millionaire
  • BMI London Awards
    • 2010 – Best Score – Couples Retreat
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (United States)
    • 2008 – Critics’ Choice Award for Best Composer – Slumdog Millionaire
    • 2010 – Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song – “If I Rise” – 127 Hours
  • Denver Film Critics Society Awards
    • 2010 – Best Song – “If I Rise” – 127 Hours
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (United States)
    • 2008 – Best Music Score – Slumdog Millionaire
  • New York Film Critics Online Awards (United States)
    • 2008 – NYFCO Best Score Award – Slumdog Millionaire
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
    • 2008 – Best Original Score – Slumdog Millionaire
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Awards (United States)
    • 2008 – Best Score – Slumdog Millionaire
  • Satellite Awards (United States)
    • 2008 – Satellite Award for Best Original Score – Slumdog Millionaire
  • Just Plain Folks Music Awards
    • 2009 – * Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album – Varalaru
  • MTV Awards
    • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 1999 – International Viewer’s Choice Awards (MTV India) – “Dil Se Re” – Dil Se..
    • MTV Asia Awards
    • 2003 – MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India
    • MTV Immies
    • 2003 – Best Music Composer (Film Category) – “Saathiya” – Saathiya
  • UK Asian Music Awards (United Kingdom)
    • 2009 – Outstanding Achievement by an Asian in Music Field
  • World Soundtrack Awards
    • 2009 – Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film – “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire
    • 2011 – The Public Choice Award – 127 Hours