Cinematographer-Director Balu Mahendra was present during the audio launch of ‘Indiravizha’ that was recently held here in Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, he said, ‘During the year 1992, I was supposed to finalize the winner of National Awards. It was at that point of time both Ilayaraja for ‘Devar Magan’ and A.R. Rahman for ‘Roja’ were on close competition.
As the members cast their votes, both settled down with 7 votes each. Perhaps, things were directed to me once I had to finalize the winner. Glimpsing through both the films, I felt that none could have scored such a fantastic music on the first film itself and I voted for Rahman’.