Mr Rahman was presented with the award on Monday by the filmmaker on the birthday of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the younger brother of legendary playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
Mr Ghai, who worked with the composer on films like Taal, Yuvvraaj and Kisna, said A R Rahman knew 'how to win hearts'. He praised the music maestro in a series of tweets on Tuesday:
It was great honour to honour A R RAHMAN with lata mangeshkar award last night with the background music of TAAL pic.twitter.com/0i5MWUbKb9? Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) October 27, 2015
Arr knows how to win hearts- last night i felt honoured to honour rahman with lara Mangeshkar award- he won every 1 pic.twitter.com/zCvoBehaAB? Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) October 27, 2015
He thanked the composer for 'your generous words at the award function for me'.
Thank u Rahman at lata Mangeshkar award function for your generous words for me while receiving lata... https://t.co/MbYSLJK2U0? Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) October 27, 2015
The filmmaker also shared a 12-second video online of Mr Rahman in which he is seen saying how people quickly associate him with the 1999 hit film Taal.
Thank u rahman for your generous words at lata Mangeshkar Hridayanath award function for me " where ever rahman goes in the world First they say taal music,,,, I feel humbledPosted by Subhash Ghai on Monday, 26 October 2015