Which is difficult
– tunes for lyrics or lyrics for tunes?
Your introduction of new singing talents
Subramaniapuram, for the Madura Kulunga song
I introduced Velmurugan. And in Easan Thanjai
Selvi was introduced with the Jilla Vittu
Jilla song. In my next film Marudavelu, Velmurugan
and Thanjai Selvi have sung a song. I am happy
to note that these songs are being well received
by the fans. It’s not only the folk
nature of the song that makes it a hit. Lyrics
and people who sing and their very interesting
voice is what makes a song popular.
Jilla vittu jilla’ touched people’s
I do not think anything is difficult. But recently,
as I was talking to the legendary MSV, I asked him
a somewhat similar question. He said if he wanted
a song to be popular for its tune, he would go ahead
and tune it first and then look for lyrics. But if
he wants the lyrics to be noticed, he would tune the
song after the lyrics are written. I adopt the same
thing too. I do not think either one of this is difficult.
Which do you
prefer- scoring music for commercial or realistic
My movies will not have remix
take on remix
movies will not have remix songs because we
develop a special kind of relationship with
a song after hearing it for a couple of decades.
And it’s hard to accept it in a different
form. So I think it’s destroying the
soul of a song. I do not like to do it and
no director has asked me to do it either.
Commercial films might not have a hard-hitting story
line but they are interesting in their own rights
and it’s a challenge to score for them as well.
About Easan, it’s an equal mix of commercial
and socially relevant issues.
‘Jilla vittu jilla’ number
When people saw the song, they thought it was just
an item song. But towards the end of the song, people
realized the sentiment quotient and when the song
ended everyone applauded in the theatre. It’s
probably the first time an item number received such
welcome from the audience. Although the song might
sound like an item song, it touched people’s
feelings and hence it was successful.
many new talents and also folk numbers. Any special
That’s because nobody else knows the pain of
anticipation as much as I do. I want to be a helping
hand for people with talent. The way I needed a helping
hand, everybody needs one. Why shouldn’t it
be me? That is why I try and introduce new talents
in my movie; be it singers of lyricists.
Have you worked
in other South Indian languages?
I have done a Kannada, a Telugu and a Malayalam movie.
I am open to good movies in any language.
Have you gone
overseas to compose tunes?
Compare the situation of talents getting a
break in the industry now and then
true. The landscape has become very competitive
now. This is true in many fields; be it actors,
singers or musicians. But now the iron curtain
is removed and it’s become an open place
that invites talents from all over. It used
to be an achievement to sing in movies. But
it’s no longer the case and new talents
are coming to the industry every day. Opportunities
are easy to come by but it’s only a
few who will withstand the test of times.
The iron curtain now is removed
No I haven’t. I am actually waiting for the
day for a producer to come by and take me abroad to
score for his movie.
When do you plan
to do live concerts across the world?
I would like to do stage shows when I am more established
myself. I have been invited in many countries for
a stage show like that. I have only done about 7 –
8 movies now and I would like to wait for more.
Effect of film
They say music even melts rocks. Music is even proved
to heal ailments. But I do not know how effective
film music is in that sense. This is business and
entertainment. So it has its limitations.
My career originated from television. So I still make
way for music based programs on television. That’s
why I am doing the music based program on Kalaignar
TV. The program on Vijay TV, Oru Vaarthai Oru Laksham
takes only a day of my week and they felt it would
be nice if I did it. So I am doing it.
Do you think
education is essential for success in films?
I want to give music that people
makes you accept new projects?
have entered the film industry only now. I
do not want to accept movies left, right and
center. I am not accepting movies that do
not impress me or convince me. I want to give
music that people would enjoy. And people
who give me freedom are my choice to work
with. That way I can experiment with my work.
No, I do not think education is necessary at all.
We have people who have absolutely no education ruling
the world. Same way it’s not necessary for success
from film fraternity
Other than Ilayaraja everybody in the film fraternity
has appreciated my works.
that you are working
Marudavel is releasing soon. Director Aslam, who worked
with Cheran and Ameer, his first film is getting released
soon. And the other projects are slated only for 2012.