‘Isai Gnani’ Ilayaraja is reportedly ‘upset’ at the way his music has been treated by actor Thiyagarajan, the producer-director of the period film ‘Ponnar Shankar’ which hit the screens last Friday.
At a time when Kalaignar Karunanidhi is said to have been upset with Thiyagarajan for having slightly ‘altered’ the script without taking permission from him or intimating him in advance, the Maestro’s dissatisfaction comes as a shock to his fans.
The Maestro, it is said, had personally penned a lyric and sung it in the film. The song reportedly was about the Kongu Vellalar community, who still adore the duo of ‘Ponnar and Shankar’ as demigods. Ilayaraja’s song spelt out in detail about the community’s positive contributions and their issues of honour.
At the very last minute, the song had been deleted from the film, apparently at the behest of Thiyagarajan. Ilayaraja is said to be livid that he had been taken for a ‘ride’ by Thiyagarajan. As if to add insult to injury, the audio cassettes and CDs of the film are yet to be made available at music shops though the film has hit the screens!