When Superstar made fun of Ilayaraja’s music royalty at Ilayaraja 75
Superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vikram, Vijay Sethupathi, Vivek, filmmakers Mani Ratnam, Shankar, P Vasu and many other prominent personalities of the Tamil film industry were present for the grand occasion of Ilayaraja 75. When it was the turn of Supertar Rajinikanth to come upon the stage and share his experiences, he made some funny comments about the recent issue that Ilayaraja had over the music royalty.
Superstar Rajinikanth said, “I am sure Ilayaraja Swami has both Saraswathi (Wisdom) and Lakshmi (Wealth) now.” Immediately, Ilayaraja interrupted and said, “Lakshmi isn’t much as Saraswathi, (Meaning – I don’t have big money as Wisdom)”. Without any pause, Rajinikanth made fun about Ilayaraja’s issue over the music royalty issues saying, “Athaan Ipoothaan Yedhedho Pandringale Lakshmi Kaaga, Nalla Vandhrukkume, (Of course, these days you’re doing something right for getting money and am sure you would have got it more).
Later he said Ilayaraja is like a precious Linga that comes nurtured with millions of minerals, cosmic vibrations and when it gets exposed, there’s a huge powerful magic that is created. This has been happening from the time of his debut film ‘Annakili’.
Getting on to speak about his favourite songs of Ilayaraja he said, “My all time favourite songs are Raman Aandalum Raavana Aandalum, Podhuvaaga En Manasu Thangam, Kadhalin Deepam Ondru. But he always gives best to Kamal.”