From Iravin Nizhal to Ponniyin Selvan...It's AR Rahmania for the Tamil cinema in the second half of 2022!

(This article is authored by Alar) 

The heart stealer of young hearts, the Oscar winner, the Isai Puyal, and everlasting musical icon AR Rahman is all set to entertain the sea of his fans through his electrifying musical wave that would hit the shores of Tamil cinema during the second half of 2022. Fascinatingly, AR Rahman has been working on a handful of Tamil movies in a short duration for the first time in recent years. 

AR Rahman after his over two decades of career in the music industry has recently piled up with new projects, predominately in Tamil. His last project in Tamil was 'Bigil' in 2019. He kept under wraps from Tamil films, but not gave up his discography works, as he worked on Bollywood projects and worked for concerts and music albums, in the meantime, he also legged to work for a short film, 'Karthik Dial Seitha Enn' (Vinnaithandi Varuvaya short sequel) and Netflix's 'Navarasa' - 'Rowthiram', and 'House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths'.  He has also ventured as a writer of the movie '99 Songs' and as a director for 'Le Musk' which is an upcoming Indian virtual reality film for the first time and it premiered at the 75th Cannes festival in France a month ago.

He footprinted in Tamil cinema in 1992 for the 'Roja' film, since then the veteran composer has had projects showered on him throughout the years. Minimally, his film projects were released mostly more than three. The year 2020 and 2021 were the only years in the Tami film industry, with no beats of  A.r. Rahman, were heard. The year 2022 handovers him the lined-up projects in Tamil and makes his fans tune up their speakers to dwell in his jamming tunes. Let's check out his upcoming projects on the cards.

Ponniyin Selvan

Director Mani Ratnam has taken the entire industry together with him as he went in to shoot his magnum opus movie Ponniyin Selvan, which has a huge lineup of the cast including Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi, Aiswarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Aiswarya Lekshmi, and Vikram Prabhu in the lead roles. The movie is being produced by Subaskaran under Lyca Productions and the movie has created a huge buzz throughout the nation.

It was earlier revealed by Mani Ratnam and the makers that the movie will be coming out as a duology and the first part is titled PS-1: Ponniyin Selvan- 1. The makers released a glimpse of a title video with Rahman's music in the background, which is enough to get a taste, and fans burned up social media, with the announcement video. Ponniyin Selvan is to be unleashed in theatres on September 30.


The film has Chiyaan Vikram, Sarjano Khalid, Miya George, and Srinidhi Shetty in the lead roles. It is directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu, who made successful projects of 'Demonte Colony' and 'Imaikka Nodigak'. The former Indian Cricketer Irfan Pathan makes his Tamil debut with this film. 

Recently, the posters and singles of the film were released and earned a good reception from the fans. While the final stages of the film are going on, 'Cobra' will hit the theatres on August 11. And the film team has further released the promo of a song from the film, "Uyir Uruguthe" and it's already grasped everyone's attention on the internet. The first single from the movie 'Adheera' is an adrenaline rush from A R Rahman.


R Ravikumar's directorial - 'Ayalaan' has Sivakarthikeyan, Rakul Preet Singh, Bhanu Priya, and Isha Koppikar in the lead roles. This is his first collaboration of Sivakarthikeyan with A R Rahman. The musical outcome will be unique and magical for sure, as it's a film made in a science fiction comedy genre. His last science fiction film work was done in '2,0', in 2018. the film's first single "Vera Level Sago" was released online and on the official YouTube channel of Sony Music South, which acquired the film's audio rights, and the song had vocals by Rahman with lyrics written by Vivek. It has been speculated that Ayalaan is targeting this year's Christmas to hit the screens. 


Having A.R.Rahman's score in this film is not only a perk but also this movie marks the comeback of Comedy King Vadivelu. While Udayanidhi Stalin and Keerthi Suresh play the lead roles, Fahadh Fasil plays a cameo. Udayanidhi Stalin and Mari Selvaraj collaborate with Rahman for the first time. Mari Selvaraj, the fame of 'Pariyerum Perumal', 'Karnan', is helming the project film. Maamannan will be portrayed as a political thriller, with the director's signature style. 

Iravin Nizhal

The World's first Non-Linear' film stars Parthiban, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar and Robo Shankar in the lead roles. The film is produced by 'Akira Productions and the music is composed by AR Rahman. The trailer and lyrics of the film have been released recently and have been well received by the fans. It is directed by Parthiban and while Iravin Nizhal was initially slated for a release on 24.06.2022, it has later got deferred it has been officially announced that it will be released in theatres on July 15.

Vendhu Thanindathu Kaadu

Titled ‘Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu’, this promising project is helmed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Simbu with Siddhi Idnani, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Siddique, Neeraj Madhav, and Angelina Abraham among others featured in the film. The music is composed by A.R.Rahman and the teaser of this rustic thriller got released last December and the movie will be expected to see in theatres on September 15. The already released song 'Kaalathukum Nee Venum,' is listed in every fan's Favorites playlist.

Patthu Thala

'Pathu Thala' is the Tamil recreation of the Kannada blockbuster 'Mufti'. Directed by Obeli N Krishna, Simbu plays a gangster while Gautham Karthik plays a cop. Priya Bhavani Shankar and Kalaiyarasan will be seen in pivotal roles. Isai Puyal AR Rahman is scoring music for this action-packed masala film, which will be storming on December 14.

While he was out on the fence for some time, Tamil cinema pulled out many newbies and few talented composers to the audience, but still as a spring chicken, he is coming to the theatres with his drum rolls and being the survivor of the fittest in the field of new composers in the industry. It is indeed going to be an AR Rahmania to the Tamil cinema industry as the son of the soil is gearing up to enthral you with the music of the soil.