favorite from Rahman’s songs?
Roja, Alai Payude, Uyire and so many that I
have lost count of them. It was my admiration
of him that has brought me into the industry.
Although he does not give me verbal guidance,
I came in to the industry only after seeing
his work. I owe a lot to him. In fact I have
worked as his assistant for two years. I have
also worked as an assistant for Harris Jeyaraj,
Bharthwaj, Dhina, Vidya Sagar, Anu Malik, Sivamani
and many others but I worked a lot for Rahman
sir in Rang de Basanthi, Swades, Mangal Pandey,
Krisna, Anbe Aaruire, Varalaru and even Lord
of the Rings.
I worked a lot for Rahman sir
What have you
learnt from A R Rahman?
There was nothing that was handed over to be verbally
but I have listened to his music and have learnt quite
a good deal. He is definitely one of my ideals along
with John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Michael Jackson
and Craig David.
It was a great challenge to work
was bowled over when Selva first narrated the
story of AO. I was awestruck by his thinking.
I am the one who usually think much ahead of
my times and was surprised to find Selva racing
me ahead. I had to pull up my socks to reach
him. It was a great challenge to work for Selvaraghavan.
When we began Aayirathil Oruvan, Selva told
me that he would take care of the visuals and
asked me to compose music to go with it or even
surpass. He said, “Let’s see who
goes higher”. The result was AO reached
a high level technically and the brilliance
was much palpable on screen. Such technical
wizardry can only be felt in the works of Mani
Ratnam sir, Selva’s latest films and of
course now Vijay has joined this league.
On singing for
I was singing for him after 12 years (Semmozhi Maanadu
Song). I felt it was my duty and I did it for the
love of my language, my state. After all I belong
to this place.
you sing for other music composers?
am not interested in singing at all! I hate
my voice as a singer. Luckily, the songs that
I have sung have become hits. Now I have sung
in Aadukalam. I have also lent my voice for
a Telugu number from Darling featuring Prabhas
and Kajal Agarwal which is a great hit there.
I have given a hit in Kannada also with Ganesh.
I have covered entire south India and now it
will be Bollywood.
I hate my voice as a singer
A name alone cannot pull you
beyond two films
it a boon or bane to have the tagline -‘A
R Rahman’s nephew’?
is a burden that stresses me. If I had come
into the field without this tagline like any
other fresh composer, then I will not have this
benchmark or reference point. A newcomer should
be left free without any appendage. Our industry
is highly competitive and one cannot sustain
without talent. A name alone cannot pull you
beyond two films. We have seen that in 75 years
of cinema. One cannot enter Shankar sir’s
campus if there is no talent. Rajni sir called
me for Kuselan after listening to my work in
Veyil and Kireedom. Selva chose me for AO because
he liked my background score in Polladhavan
and minnal koothadum number.
take on remixes
don’t like remixes as I feel it does not
credit a music composer in any way. I feel it
can be avoidable. I am not against people who
do it but I will not do it.
I don’t like remixes
in Tamil film music
There is a lot of competition and there are many
newcomers who keep churning out chartbusters. It is
a healthy scene and music has gone to the next level.
I am looking forward to this competition.
Why do newcomers
fade out after an excellent debut?
It is not like that. We need to continuously renew
and reinvent ourselves. I don’t maintain one
particular style like other composers. In every film,
I refresh myself and come out as a new person. Good
scripts like Aayirathil Oruvan and Madarasapattinam
help me achieve this to rejuvenate myself.
After Polladhavan’s success, I am teaming up
once again with Vetrimaran and Dhanush in Aadukalam.
Next, it will be Maravan with Selva and Dhanush; VA
quarter cutting with Oram Po Pushkar and Gayathri;
Chimbudevan’s next; Vijay’s next. In addition
to these, I will be doing a new director Chozhan’s
Adal Yeru. I liked the script and Jeeva is the hero.
Besides these, I will be working in Alien Sahib, a
John Abraham film directed by Sirish Kunder produced
by Farah Khan which will eventually commence after
my Tamil projects. In Telugu I will be doing Karunakaran
sir’s next film.
I want to make the album scene
very big in India
about the English album?
my Bollywood entry, I will be planning my international
scene as you have to reach more people before
you make an album. I think a film music director
should never be dependent on the success of
a film or the director’s success. That’s
not fair. Talent of a music director should
not be restricted or confined to barriers. I
want to make the album scene very big in India.
I am very much looking forward to it and I will
come up with something really striking
Is there a concert
tour in the offing?
I am very much looking forward to do concert tour
but I am waiting for my Bollywood entry. I have already
rejected an US and a Malaysian offer. Now I have more
than 100 songs in my list and the journey has been
good so far. I will do concerts after my Hindi debut.
Which is your
peak work time?
I work best from 6 in the evening to 4 next morning.
It will be great fun and there will be no disturbance.
We can reach great levels during these hours.
Will you consider
People have already asked me if this. Let me first
do this job properly. I am on a learning curve now
and don’t believe in multitasking. I want to
hone my skills in music compositions and excel. Now
I have reached a level in RR with AO and Madarasapattinam.
Of course you will see me in visuals in VA Quarter
Cutting in TV cuts in an album kind of scenario. I
don’t know how it’s going to be…
Actually I have not won many awards but all my songs
have been chartbusters. Every time, my work will compete
with Rahman and I don’t get to win any awards.
Like for an instance my Veyil was competing with Rahman’s
Jillunnu Oru Kaadhal and they gave the award to JOK.
Of course I have been his assistant and I feel good
to have strong competition. I don’t look for
awards as I feel the media is biased. They want celebrities
and stars to grace their functions. Hence I don’t
believe in these awards. Ultimately it is the people
and the blockbusters that you churn out matter and
very young, do you think you have missed out on the
Actually, I was never regular to school. From my
7th standard I was involved in culturals and other
music shows as I was the assistant cultural secretary
of my school. I was always busy with my band and rehearsals.
And most of my friends who have budded and grown with
me are all stars by themselves now. My very good friend
Naveen Iyer, a flutist who I introduced in Veyilodu
Vilayaadi is the top guy in the industry. That way,
I have not missed much.
heard that Bala sir was moved when he saw Madarasapattinam
and had appreciated the team. He is such a great
director and his kind words only reveal his
magnanimity. I am always his fan and am happy
that he loved our film. Karthi called to say
he liked the film. A lot of such messages are
pouring in from my fellow musicians and from
all quarters. I am very happy for Vijay and
the producer and the entire team. We all had
worked hard and there could be nothing more
heart warming than the recognition that we get
for our hard work. This year has been great
for me as all my songs have been massive hits
like Un Mela Aasaidaan, Malai Neram, Un Perai
Sollumbode, Vaamma Doraiyamma, Pookal Pookum
to name a few. Now Vaamma Doraiyamma is the
number one in all FM stations. I thank everyone
for their support.
Vaamma Doraiyamma is the
number one in all FM stations