10 International Films You Didn’t Know A. R. Rahman Composed Music For

A.R. Rahman is not just a musician. He is a school of music unto himself. The legendary music director has already made himself immortal with his exceptional work in Hindi and Tamil cinema. He has won a handful of awards throughout his career.

But we are not aware of his realm of work outside India. We do know about Slumdog Millionaire and its success at the Oscars, but Rahman has scored the music for other international projects. Here are 10 international films that Rahman gave the music for, except Slumdog Millionaire!

#1 Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

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This Chinese language film, directed by He Ping, was China’s official entry to the Oscars that year, even though it did not get nominated. It was also Rahman’s first international foray, and he scored 14 songs, and the film’s theme music.

#2 Provoked (2006)

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Provoked was a British film, starring Aishwarya Rai in the lead role. The film revolved around the theme of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and as such, Rahman’s music was solemn and haunting at the same time.

#3 Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

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This Shekhar Kapur-helmed film was the sequel to Elizabeth (1999), by the same director. Rahman scored for 20 songs in the film, including the film’s theme music. However, Scottish music producer Craig Armstrong was brought into the project and re-did almost all of the songs in the film, something that Kapur admitted he regretted much later.

#4 Couples Retreat (2009)

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This romantic comedy was directed by debutante Peter Billingsley. It starred Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman, among others, in leading roles. However, the film was received negatively, both critically and commercially. Rahman’s music did not really stand out in this mess of a film.

#5 127 Hours (2010)

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Post the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman became a much bigger name abroad. His next international project was 127 Hours, by Slumdog Millionaire’s director Danny Boyle. There were in all 14 tracks in the film, which were well received. Rahman’s soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award yet again, however, he did not win the gold.

#6 People Like Us (2012)

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This slice-of-life film was the directorial debut of Alan Kurtzman. It starred Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in lead roles. The film sank at the box office, but Rahman’s music was praised.

#7 Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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This film, directed by Craig Gillespie, was based on a real life reality show of the same name, in which an American baseball scout makes his way to India, to find the next great pitcher. Rahman’s music was appreciated, even if it did not reach Slumdog-level popularity.

#8 The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)

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This American film had Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon in lead roles. The film was about two rival families, one India and one French, whose young kids fall in love with each other. Rahman’s score had 16 tracks and they were generally praised.

#9 Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (2015)

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This was an Iranian film made by famous director Majid Majidi. Rahman took almost 6 months to understand the kind of music that Majidi wanted for the project. The film had 20 tracks, and most of them had a heavy Persian influence. The album was praised by all.

#10 Viceroy’s House (2017)

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This Gurinder Chadha-directed film was based on the political muscling that was happening during India’s independence and subsequent partition. It had Huma Qureshi in the lead role. The film sank without a trace, and so did the music. However, Rahman is expected to bounce back with an array of forthcoming international projects (including a Netflix original, for the first time).

For all AR Rahman fans, if you wish to watch the maestro live in concert, he is touring the country in the months of November and December, to commemorate his 25 years in the industry.

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