The Bharathiraja-Ilayaraja mixture that launched the Tamil viewers to an genuine rural setting within the late 1970s is coming collectively once more after a niche of over 20 years.
“They have agreed to work together in the film Aatha. The casting is not yet finalised and the work will begin after the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” mentioned author and movie director Bharathi Krishnakumar, who has penned the story for the film.
Mr. Krishnakumar, who has directed many documentaries and labored as an affiliate to Bharthiraja, mentioned it was a village topic and Bharthiraja was a perfect individual to direct the movie.
“When we finalised the story, Bharthiraja spoke to Ilayaraja and he agreed to score music for the film,” he mentioned.
Film producer and director Chitra Lakshmanan additionally introduced the approaching collectively of the 2 personalities in his YouTube channel. “Bharthiraja actually wanted to discuss the story with Ilayaraja, but the latter had advised him not to come in view of the pandemic,” Mr. Lakshmanan mentioned.
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The duo first got here collectively for the movie Pathinaru Vayathinile which bagged the nationwide award for playback singer S. Janaki. It additionally gained 4 State awards together with the very best director award for Bharathiraja.
Though they collectively made memorable movies and songs, distinction of opinion between them led to Bharathiraja roping in music director Devendran for the movie Vedam Puthithu. Bharthiraja additionally used one other music director Hamsaleka for the Rajinikanth-starrer Kodi Parakkuthu.
They once more labored collectively for Ennuir Thozhan, Puthunellu Puthunaathu and Nadodi Thendral. Once once more variations cropped up between them and A.R. Rahman labored as a music director for Bharthiraja’s movie Kizhakku Seemaiyile.
“After 28 years they are going to work together and it is again for a rural theme,” mentioned Mr. Krishnakumar, who produced documentaries on the police atrocities in opposition to the tribals in Vachathi.