Predictably, Rahman makes it in to the top 100 personalities list of TIME magazine.
Slumdog Millionaire's OST was not a patch on Roja or Kannathil Muthamittal or Alaipayudhey or Kandukondein Kandukondein or a Dil Se. But I believe all that good work got recognition thro SDM. The only genuinely awe inspiring piece of music in SDM was the O Saya BGM/song, but as the great man himself said, SDM would not have happened if his previous body of work was not as popular.
Here's Padma Lakshmi's piece on ARR, the Mozart from Madras .
(and for God's sake, I'm not going to say _ _ _ _ _! here)