How ARR Became ‘Isai Puyal’
AR Rahman is Isai Puyal, Rajinikanth is Superstar, Vadivelu is Vaigai Puyal – these are terms we use everyday to refer to our favourite legends, but how often do we take time off to wonder where these titles originated from. Probably his fondness for the energy of a tornado, gave Kollywood two Puyal’s.
We are talking about the ace director Bharathiraja, who made the confident decision of handing over a rich village script, ‘Kizhakku Seemayile’, to the thoroughly city bred composer of gen Y, AR Rahman. Though everyone was initially sceptical about his choice for music director, the movie went on to become one of the best albums of ARR, as all the songs were chart toppers. Hence came the name Isai Puyal for one of the finest musicians of all times, AR Rahman. The name Vaigai Puyal for Vadivelu was also christened by the same director. And who coined Superstar for Rajinikanth? It was Kalai Puli S Dhaanu’s initiative.