Maestro Ilaiyaraja, who has scored music for more than 900 films in various Indian language in an illustrious career spanning more than three-and-a-half decades, finally attempts something that he has never thought of doing so far: producing a film. Yes, of course; ‘Isaignani’, as he is popularly known, is turning producer with a film titled ‘Sengattu Boomiyilae’.
There is, indeed, an interesting backdrop which made Ilaiyaraja turn a film producer. The music director par excellence, who has composed many immortal songs in his long career, is quite aware of the pitfalls a producer ought to face in Kollywood but backs his confidence with the factual reality that a ‘good’ film need not have big stars to enjoy a successful run at the box-office.
‘Sengattu…’ is directed by Ratnakumar, the man behind successful scripts Bharathiraja’s films ‘Kizhakku Seemiyilae’, ‘Karuthamma’ and ‘Kadal Pookkal’. Ratnakumar’s narration of the script in ‘Sengattu…’ has reportedly caught the Maestro’s attention who decided to give it a try by producing it himself.
Ratnakumar’s final version moved Ilaiyaraja so much that he said he’d do his best to ‘infuse’ life and blood into the movie, which had been well-made. Swami Cine Arts of the Maestro would produce and release the film. Starring Pavan, Senthil, Sonulakshmi, Priyanka and hundred-odd newcomers in small but significant roles, the film is likely to release by next month-end.