Atlee, the debutant director of Raja Rani which released in theatres last Friday and has been going great guns all over the State and elsewhere, has clarified that the songs from Vijaya T. Rajendhar and Prabhu Deva’s films which appear briefly in the film were just coincidental and weren’t purposely inserted.
Nayanthara, the heroine of Raja Rani, is on a comeback trail in Kollywood and has struck gold with the success of the film. She also has another biggie in the form Ajith’s Arrambam which is set to release on Deepavali in a few weeks’ time. In Raja Rani, during a sequence when Nayanthara cries due to love failure, songs by Vijaya T. Rajendhar (Simbu’s father) and Prabhu Deva would appear briefly in the background.
Some said that these songs could have been included deliberately as Nayan has had failed love affairs with both Simbu and Prabhu Deva in real-life. However, during the meet-the-press event organized in the city on the other day to celebrate the success of Raja Rani, Atlee refuted that these songs were included with such an intention. “The inclusion of these songs was only coincidental,” he said.
“Nayan’s real-life incidents hardly have a bearing on the film’s script or her presence in it. I needed a pretty-looking and talented actress for this role and I cast Nayanthara as I felt she would be fitting the role perfectly. Nayanthara’s amazing performance might have been due to her real-life (bitter) experiences. However, the songs were just a casual insertion and weren’t done deliberately,” said Atlee, who addressed Nayan as ‘darling’ on the sets during the making of the film.