Mani Ratnam is one of the most versatile movie makers and Ilayaraja, is undoubtedly one of the best music directors the country has ever seen. And they share the same birthday. We bring to you some of our favourite songs, and what Mani Ratnam has to say about Ilayaraja.
Nilave Va - Mouna Ragam
Mani Ratnam directed a Telugu flick and he couldn't do with out Ilayaraja - the result? This lovely number from Geetanjali
And yet another beautiful song from Anjali
Naykudu - Just listen to this amazing background score. And then you will realise what Mani Ratnam means when he says "Ilayaraja would look at the scene once, and immediately start giving notes to his assistants, as a bunch of musicians, hovering around him, would collect the notes for their instrument and go to their places... A director can be taken by surprise at the speed of events."
Cliched yet, i cannot just go away without mentioning this number which has made it to one of the top 10 tracks according to a BBC poll. Rakkamma... kai thattu - Thalapathi
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