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A.R. Rahman’s authorised biography to be out in August

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New Delhi, June 13: Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rahman may have won international acclaim for his craft but the man himself remains a largely obscured figure. An upcoming authorised biography will shed light on his life and philosophy.

Titled “Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman”, it has been written by Krishna Trilok, a Chennai-based writer, and will hit the stands in August.

“We all dream of living a life that will in some way touch the world around us positively. And we constantly look to those who have done this for guidance. It is my honour to share the life story of one of India’s biggest stars — a story that is graceful and inspiring proof of the power of love, talent and hard work,” 24-year-old Trilok said about his experience of chronicling Rahman’s life.

The book will traverse a fascinating journey that began as a composer of advertisement jingles and has culminated into what is now a magnanimous presence on the international music stage.

“Notes of a Dream” will be published by Penguin Random House India and will capture “the nostalgia, the drama and the extraordinary success story” of Rahman.

The book carries a foreword by Danny Boyle, where the “Slumdog Millionaire” director touches upon the human qualities that make Rahman the man he is.

“His talent is matched by his appetite, his modesty and his generosity. All surrendered to the troubadour mentality; we are at the service of the music,” Boyle writes in the foreword.

The publisher said that the book features intimate interviews with Rahman, as well as anecdotes from key people in his life.

“There is no composition greater or more beautiful than life. Life is a song we compose through our choices and what we give. All these years, you’ve known me through my music. Now I look forward to you reading about who I am, and the story of where I am going,” said Rahman.

Penguin Random House’s Editor-in-Chief Meru Gokhale described the acquisition of this upcoming biography of India’s musical superstar as a “coup” for the publishing house.

Rahman is a recipient of six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe, among several other prestigious national and international honours.

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Alia Bhatt’s ‘Raazi’ mints over Rs 200 cr worldwide

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Mumbai, June 20: Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Raazi’ has entered the Rs. 200 crore-club at the global box office.

Karan Johar, who has co-produced the film, took to Twitter to share the news, writing “A proud film! Rs 207 crore gross worldwide,”.

The Meghna Gulzar directorial, which minted Rs 32.94 crore in India on its opening weekend, was distributed internationally by Zee Studios International, releasing in 450 screens across 42 countries, read a statement to news agency IANS.

Meanwhile, the political thriller is Alia’s third film to enter the 100 cr-club, after ‘2 States’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya’.

Based on Harinder Sikka’s book “Calling Sehmat”, the story of “Raazi” revolves around a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to give inside information about the neighbouring country to protect her own.

Co-produced by Junglee Pictures, the film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Soni Razdan and Jaideep Ahlawat in pivotal roles.

The film was released in India on May 11.

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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

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Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

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B-Town celebrities wish Irrfan Khan speedy recovery

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Mumbai, June 20: Celebrities like Paresh Rawal, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao among many others have wished a speedy recovery to Internationally acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, who is currently in treatment for a “rare disease”.

Irrfan in March announced he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and that he was going out of the country for treatment.

Here’s what the celebrities have tweeted:

Paresh Rawal: Khan Saab, you will sail through all the way. Prayers and more prayers.

Ayushmann Khurrana: Sir! You are beyond cinema. Prayers are always with you. Legend.

Rajkummar Rao: You are an inspiration to all of us sir. We love you.

Rahul Dev: The very best to u Irrfan ..very sure prayers & wishes can create magic.

Riteish Deshmukh: Good wishes and prayers for your speedy recovery Irrfan.

Rahul Dholakia: Get well soon bhai. praying.

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