After singing three songs on the stage, Kamal Haasan said that he was present in the 10% among the 1000 films of Ilaiyaraaja. Despite busy shooting schedule, I made sure to sit with Ilaiyaraaja sir during the re-recording of my films. In another 25 years, Ilaiyaraaja would complete 75 years in the film industry and I should attend the event, said Kamal Haasan who fell on the feet of music composer and also kissed him. Ilaiyaraaja on a lighter note said: What is this, you are doing stuffs which you usually do with heroines in films and Kamal quickly replied: This is the proof of 45 years love. Adhayum Thaandi Punidhanamathu.
Superstar Rajinikanth raved about Ilaiyaraajas achievements in the industry. The Petta actor said: In those days, Raja sir used to compose ten out of fifteen festival releases. In one day, he completed rerecording for three films. These days, music composers are taking one month to complete re-recording for one film. If the story is not good, Ilaiyaraaja would suggest changes, create situations for songs and made it as super hits. He even composed music for films without getting any remuneration and thats why producers are falling at his feet.
However, Rajinikanth said that more than his films, Ilaiyaraaja has given better songs to Kamal Haasan. Ilaiyaraaja replied saying I have even composed good songs to Ramarajan and Mohan. My music remains the same for everyone.
On Saturday, Rahman shared the stage with Ilaiyaraaja. Rahman said: When music composers and musicians had so many habits, Ilaiyaraaja was the first composer who proved that despite being disciplined one can achieve great heights in the industry. Rahman also recalled that it was during Moondram Pirai, he first met Raja sir and during Punnagai Mannan time, he used to feed Rajas music on the computer.
Rahman spent more time with me than his father. He has worked with me in more than five hundred films, said Ilaiyaraaja. Later, Rahman played the Punnagai Mannan theme music. After the host Kasthuris request, Raja sang the Mandram Vantha number from Mounaragam and Rahman played the music in the piano. When Raja corrected Rahmans music, the crowd burst into laughter.
Hats off to Vishal, his team and the Tamil Film Producers Council for the fitting tribute to the great Ilaiyaraaja.
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