I never dared to sing in front of Ilaiyaraaja, Amitabh Bachchan


Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja was felicitated at a function here on Monday for completing the music of his 1,000th film. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Gulzar unveiled the music of ‘Shamitabh’ on the occasion. The event also saw a live performance by Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush. On the occasion, Big B said that he never dared to sing in front of Ilaiyaraaja.

"I have never dared to sing in front of him because I found it very embarrassing. Every time I used to sit in a studio separately to record... I remember one occasion while doing 'Paa', where I had to sing a song with Raja saab in front of me. I can't say how frightening it was," Amitabh Bachchan told reporters during the music launch of "Shamitabh."

Big B described Ilaiyaraaja as "a genius". "It was amazing how he corrected me. Thanks for the opportunity."

The 72-year-old also shared his experiences on working with Ilaiyaraaja with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

Kamal Haasan, who has worked with Ilaiyaraaja in several films, said, "Raja has become a part of my life. Today I got the opportunity of hugging him. He is a bit shy. I knew that he would do his 1000th film and I am glad that his 786th film was with me."

Kamal said that once he had faced a problem with the music of one of his films. "I had shot all the songs but was not able to use them. Then I went to Raja. He said that I did not need to re-shoot and that he will dub the music for me."

"He saw the lip sync and made music which was totally different from the one I had recorded, and he made hit songs out of them."