Allah Rakha Rahman alias A .Dileep Kumar was born on January 6, 1966, in Chennai
At the age of 11, Rahman joined Illaiyaraja's troupe as a keyboard player.
His acclaimed music compositions have led TIME Magazine to declare him the 'Mozart of Madras' and in film circles , he is called Isai Puyal
A R Rahman is married to Saira Bano. The couple have three children: Khatija, Rahim, and Aman
I have tremendous respect towards all the religions. After all, God have taught us to love each other.
I had some golden rules when I started my film career. These rules were good lyrics, good thought, good melodies, good recording and good presentation
I dream of a quiet environment where there will be music and not car horns
I am doing just two films a year, so I guess I should have all the time for my music school
A. R. Rahman's Filmography
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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January , 2009, 11:15
Year Film Language
1992 Roja Tamil
1993 Pudhiya Mugam Tamil
Kizhakku Cheemayile Tamil
Thiruda Thiruda Tamil
1994 Vandicholai Chinnaraasu Tamil
Super Police Telugu
May Madham Tamil
Pudhiya Mannargal Tamil
Manitha Manitha Tamil
1995 Bombay Tamil
1996 Love Birds Tamil
Kadhal Desam Tamil
Mr. Romeo Tamil
1997 Anthimanthaarai Tamil
Minsaara Kanavu Tamil
Daud: Fun On The Run Hindi
Mona Lisa Tamil
Kabhi Na Kabhi Hindi
1998 Jeans Tamil
Dil Se… Hindi
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Hindi
1999 En Swasa Kaatre Tamil
Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil
Taj Mahal Tamil
2000 Pukar Hindi
Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Hindi
Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
Love You Hamesha Hindi
Parthale Paravasam Tamil
2002 Alli Arjuna Tamil
Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil
The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi
Kadhal Virus Tamil
2003 Parasuram Tamil
Warriors of Heaven and Earth Mandarin / Japanese
Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Tamil
Kangalal Kaithu Sei Tamil
2004 Udhaya Tamil
Warriors of Heaven and Earth English
Lakeer - Forbidden Lines Hindi
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Hindi
Aayitha Ezhuthu / Yuva Tamil / Hindi
New / Nani Tamil / Telugu
Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa Hindi
Kisna - The Warrior Poet Hindi
2005 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero Hindi
>Mangal Pandey - The Rising Hindi
Anbe Aaruyire Tamil
2006 Rang De Basanti Hindi
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Tamil
Varalaru - The History of the Godfather Tamil
2007 Guru Hindi
Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
Azhagiya Thamizh Magan Tamil
Elizabeth: The Golden Age English
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Hindi
ADA: A Way of Life Hindi
Slumdog Millionaire English / Hindi
2009 Nairsan English
Eight by Ten Hindi
Dilli 6 Hindi
Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam Tamil
Sultan The Warrior Tamil
Manavar Dhinam Tamil
The 19th Step English / Tamil / Japanese
2010 Endhiran Tamil
5 investing mistakes to avoid in 2009
December 29, 2008
For many investors, 2008 was a nightmare that came true. After four years of boom, when the tables turned, it wiped out lakhs of crores (trillions) of investors' wealth.
Last December, there would have been a smile on everyone's face. While the United States had started feeling the pinch of the sub prime crisis, many experts claimed that India was decoupled from what was happening there. Well, it took just one month to change the scenario.
On January 21, in a matter of hours the benchmark indices, Sensex and Nifty, hit the lower circuits. And in the next 11 months, there have been few moments of pleasure for the stock market investor.
Both the indices are down over 50 per cent. But depending on portfolio, some investors have even lost 80-85 per cent.
As the year-end approaches, let's look at some of the mistakes that many investors made during the last year and hopefully, refrain from making them again.
Text: Jinendra M Shah
Image: An Indian broker reacts while trading at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. | Photograph: REUTERS/Arko Datta
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Buying stocks with borrowed money is leveraging. And it is a crime that many investors committed last year.
Typically, a broker either lends or allows the investor to have a larger position than the money that has been deposited. The interest rate on such lending is higher. Consider this, often an investor has Rs 1 lakh and has positions in the market four to five times of that.
When things are good and stock prices are rising to dizzying levels, everyone is happy. The return on investment outstrips the interest cost. But when the market falls, it is a complete disaster.
For instance, when Reliance Industries was trading at Rs 2,500, you bought stocks worth Rs 4 lakh (Rs 400,000) on an initial capital of Rs 1 lakh (Rs 100,000). If the stock moves to Rs 2,700, it has gone up by only 8 per cent, but the return on investment (Rs 1 lakh) is 32 per cent.
Now if the stock dips to Rs 2,000, down 20 per cent, you stand to lose 80 per cent. Now if you add the interest cost to the total capital loss, then the initial capital might have been wiped out.
Lesson: Multiplier effect has both sides. Use the loan facility very responsibly and with stringent limits to it.
Image: A man walks past a screen showing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh outside the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai. | Photograph: REUTERS/Prashanth Vishwanathan
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2. Averaging effect
Whenever stock markets start falling, the initial reaction from investors is to buy more. The idea being that there would be cost averaging.
However, when a slide like this happens, this should be the last thing on your mind. It's because while you may have brought down the acquisition cost, a lot of money has gone into this process. It is almost like throwing good money after bad money.
Often, this happens when one refuses to believe that things are turning sour and the recovery would take a long, long time.
Lesson: Emotional attachment to a stock can be very damaging. If you have made the mistake of buying shares at higher price, don't multiply it by buying them at every low.
Image: Former finance minister and current Home Minister P Chidambaram poses next to the bronze statue of a bull outside the Bombay Stock Exchange. | Photograph: REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe
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3. Investing on tips or rumours
Many investors can be accused of this one. But things can go real bad sometimes. This is especially true with mid- and-small-cap stocks.
There are hundreds of examples where tips are given for penny stocks or Z category stocks. Initially, it may give you some money. In the long run, however, such investing tactics can be fatal.
Lesson: Just ignore.
Image: Sensex, India's benchmark share index, is displayed on the facade of the illuminated Bombay Stock Exchange. | Photograph: REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe
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4. Derivatives play
For a lay investor, this is a definite no. As investing guru Warrant Buffet had once said, derivatives are 'financial weapons of mass destruction'.
A large number of small investors used the derivatives route to invest rather than the cash segment. It was easy since futures and options allowed them to take positions on either side (long or short) with little over 20 per cent margin or little option premium.
But since they have to pay only 20 per cent, bigger risks are taken. That is, small losses are not booked. Instead, positions are rolled on in the hope that ultimately things would favour them.
No wonder, losses keep mounting and can really hurt sometimes. For example, it is better to buy futures at Rs 25 and book profits around 25.5 or 26 levels, effectively earning 10-20 per cent return on the margin amount. However, keeping the position open even while losing can be disastrous.
Lesson: Derivatives are not an investment tool but a hedging mechanism. So either don't use it or use only after you equip yourself with its pros and cons.
Image: A man looks at a large screen displaying the Sensex. | Photograph: REUTERS/Arko Datta
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5 investing mistakes to avoid in 2009
December 29, 2008
5. IPO investment
On an average, during boom times, initial public offerings (IPOs) of companies are oversubscribed by 40-50 times. As a result, investors use the IPO route to make quick money.
That is, on the day of listing they simply book profits. For many, it is a sure shot mantra for quick money.
But when the scrip lists lower than the offer price, getting stuck is very much possible. And if someone has taken a loan and applied for the IPO then things could get real bad. Investors who invested using IPO funding facility get hurt the most.
Long-term IPO investors may still make a decent return over a long run, but subscribe and sell on first day is out of sight at the moment.
Lesson: Invest in IPOs only when you believe in the company. Otherwise, just stay away.
Investors should realise that making money is a long-term process. However, in their attempt to make a quick buck, many suffer. In 2009, make sure that these mistakes will not be repeated.
Image: P Chidambaram speaks during a function to inaugurate currency futures trading at National Stock Exchange. | Photograph: REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe