His prowess in composing music is well known; in fat, he is considered as a once-in-a-century musician. ‘Maestro’ Ilaiyaraaja, who has had many jewels in his (musical) crown, is all set to add one more by getting ready to score the music for a Marathi language film titled ‘Hello Jai Hind’.
In all the South Indian language films and Hindi and English films put together, ‘Isaignani’ has scored music for more than 950 films as on date. The number of songs he has composed in his more than three-decade long career stands at more than 4,500. The record is staggering and it would take many years for any other composer to evem dream of touching or coming near the Maestro’s record.
The Marathi film ‘Hello Jai Hind’ is to be directed by Gajendra and would be produced by actress Tripthi. The Maestro has already recorded a few songs for the film in Chennai and Mumbai which have been sung by noted playback singers Sukhvinder Singh, Hariharan, Kailash Kher and Anil Shinde.
Talking about Ilaiyaraaja’s music in the film, Gajendra says, “The film is based on real life incidents happening in Mumbai quite frequently. We’re very happy and thrilled to have Ilaiyaraaja on board who has consented to score music for our film. He is so talented and still remains so simple. The moment he heard the script, he agreed to score the music.
“I must add that the fact that Maestro Ilaiyaraaja is scoring the music for our film has made the film more ‘valuable’ among distributors besides giving the film an ‘honour’. The film’s overall quality has got a fillip and we are proud of it,” concludes Gajendra. Incidentally, Ilaiyaraaja has also been conferred with the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ by the Maharasthra Government in 1988. The award is given to significant achievers in the field of art.