Ilayaraja on Naan Kadavul

Maestro Ilayaraja has said that he was amazed and transfixed while watching Naan Kadavul’s “double positive”. “With this movie, Bala has surpassed his previous bests –Pithamagan, Sethu and Nanda,” said the great music director.



He added that it would take years for any other director to attempt such a beautiful theme or to even think of such a theme. The legendary music director also added that he is honoured to compose music for such a film.

Ilayaraja stated that as he envisaged the theme, he entered into a “new state of mind” while composing the film’s music. He said he has tried his best to score equally engrossing music. Though Ilayaraja humbly downplays the significance of his music, the effect it had on a sadhu while Bala was filming a song will surely speak for his talent; the sadhu, mesmerized by the song played at the shooting spot in Kasi, walked up to Bala and said it was “divine”, without understanding the Tamil lyrics. This innate capacity of Ilayaraja to create tunes that transcend language barriers, make him Bala’s most-preferred music director.

In fact, Ilayaraja’s music and Bala’s ideas complement each other. When you watch the film, you will be able to feel what the sadhu meant. Plus, Arya has taken a great deal of effort in putting across Bala’s ideas through his acting. It could be said that he “lived” his character in Naan Kadavul. Heroine Pooja too has given her best in the film, which releases on Pongal.

Mysskin, the latest to discover Ilayaraja’s prowess, chose to have a mega climax lasting 45 minutes, without any dialogues, supported only by the maestro’s music, for his forthcoming Nandalala.

PS: “Double Positive”, a cinematic term, is a sample version shown to artists (especially music composers) to enable them to get a feel of the film and work on their part suitably.

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