How Dileep Kumar became AR Rahman

Indian music maestro and virtuoso AR Rahman is celebrated across the world for his musical forte, having become one of the most famous music directors of present times.

However, the man who is almost instantly recognisable by his name - AR Rahman, was in fact born with a different name and faith.

In her 2011 book, titled - "AR Rahman: The spirit of music," author Nasreen Munni Kabir explored the reasons that influenced AS Dileep Kumar to convert to Islam, and be known as Allahrakha Rahman. The book is in the form of biographical conversations.