KBC 14: Who was the first Indian to win a Golden Globe award?


A) A.R. Rahman

B) Bhanu Athaiya

C) Satyajit Ray

D) Resul Pookutty

Answer: A.R. Rahman

A.R Rahman became the first Indian to win the prestigious Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Music Score in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire at 66th Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2009. The award was for the Hindi song Jai Ho, which he composed for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Slumdog Millionaire is based on a novel by Indian diplomat Vikash Swarup and stars Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan in the lead among others. 

A.R Rahman has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South. In 2008, Rahman received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Madras. In 2009 he was included on the Time list of the world’s 100 most influential people. He introduces 7.1 surround sound technology to the South Indian films. 

A.R Rahman was conferred Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2010. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2014. He made his debut as a director and writer for the film Le Musk in 2017. 

Rahman won BMI Award for Best Score for his first Hollywood film, Couples Retreat. He was awarded Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2010 Grammy Awards. He is nicknamed Isai Puyal (musical storm) and Mozart of Madras. 

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