There is a saying that ‘Great minds think alike’ but his is just a human’s verse but God himself knows that there are two legends and they hence he made them to born on the same day. Yes, we are speaking our Maestro Ilaiyaraaja sir and Mani Ratnam sir. The duo has given some great visual and musical feast to us.
Their journey started with a Kannada film called ‘Pallavi Anupallavi‘ and there is a BGM in the film which was reused in the latest Sarvam. Mani Ratnam and Ilaiyaraaja didn’t share a normal director and music director relationship.
Mani Ratnam illustrates Ilaiyaraaja‘s music style like this “Ilaiyaraaja would look at the scene once, and immediately start giving notes to his assistants, as a bunch of musicians, hovering around him, would collect the notes for their instrument and go to their places. When the orchestra played out the notes, they would be perfect, not just in harmony but also in timing – the background score would commence exactly where it should and end at the exact place required. Ilaiyaraaja is a genius, who could compose music with just one look at the scene”.
From the above line you can witness the chemistry between the duo .If you look at Nayagan Ilaiyaraaja would have maintained the silence in most of the portions, even in the lengthy dialogues of Naal Peruku Nallathu panna ethum Thappila Ilaiyaraaja‘s ‘Then Pandi Cheemayiley‘ BGM will soak our soul.
Similarly in Thalapathi film When Shobana and Superstar Rajnikanth separates the ‘Naan unai Neenga maten‘ BGM will be used in a high pitch and man we can watch the scene again and again for that BGM and Rajnikanth‘s emotional act.
Though there is very lesser chance for their reunion in we at cinemalead wish it happens soon.
Ilaiyaraaja didn’t compose Valayosai for Kamal Hassan!
Ilaiyaraaja had composed Valayosai… for one of his albums and on Kamal’s insistence, included it in the film Sathya
Sathya was Kamal Hassan‘s 3rd home production after Raja Parvai (1981) and Vikram (1986). Sathya (1988) starring Kamal Hassan and Amala in the lead roles was the debut directional venture for Suresh Krishna, who was previously the associate director for K. Balachander in films such as Punnagai Mannan and Sindhu Bhairavi. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 150-day run at the box office.