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Ilaiyaraja on silver screen

S.R. ASHOK KUMAR

Composer Ilaiyaraja is not only singing this song but is featured in the film.



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The appearance of maestro Ilaiyaraja on silver screen is the talk of tinsel town now. This is happening for ‘Azhagar Malai’ featuring RK (of ‘Ellam Avan seyal’ fame) and Bhaanu (‘Thamirabharani’) in the lead roles. Ilayaraja has scored the music and has also sung one song for which he appears. The lyric, written by Vaali, goes like this:

Ulagam ippo engae poguthu
Enaku intha annai boomi pothum
Ingu pirantharavum engae pogirar
Enaku intha sontha naadu pothum…

What has brought the maestro back to the screen? Credit goes to the director S.P. Rajakumar and the production controller Sangili Murugan. Listening to the song, they felt it would be ideal if the composer, who has rendered it, should himself appear. After all Ilaiyaraja has done it before — for Nizhalgal and Karagattakkaran.

No change in dress

Raja, who was initially surprised, agreed on the condition that he will not change his costume — the white dhoti and kurta. “No problem,” replied the director.

Shooting began the next day, at Ramana Maharishi’s samadi, and it was smooth sailing. The crew is all praise for the maestro, who cooperated wonderfully. Visualised as a journey into the past, the locations include his mother’s cemetery, a banyan tree under which he played with a girl, who became his wife, the much-traversed road to Tiruvannamalai (Ramana Ashram), his school, etc.

Will it be the title song? “Yes, but in such a way that it does not clash with the rolling credits,” says the director.

The highlight of the song is a peacock, that danced with its feathers spread near the temple.” After the audio release, the whole song will be subtitled in English and posted in Ilaiyaraja’s website.

“Azhagar Malai” is produced by Lakshmanamoorthy for Karumari Movies and the cast includes Vadivelu, Napolean, Lal, Manivannan, Sukanya and Saravanan.

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