Kamal Haasan and AR Rahman took part in an Instagram live session where they spoke about each other’s interests in music, Shankar’s film Indian and how art helped them find their true calling.
The actor-filmmaker-politician said that he was too consumed by Ilaiyaraaja’s music in the 90s. He said, “Everybody says that I pick talents even before they become famous. However, I found AR Rahman only after he became famous. This is because I was blanketed by Ilaiyaraaja’s music.”
While Rahman was a neighbour of Soori, Kamal was a student of his dad, Thangappan master. From the way, the duo spoke about Soori, he comes across as one of those unfound talents.
Rahman said, “Soori was not let out. He had very protective parents. He had a room and was given everything he needed. There used to be a lot of western music collection in his room like Led Zeppelin even back then. He almost had a childlike enthusiasm.”
“It is one of Rahman’s best, after Indian,” Kamal said about the unreleased track. “I’ve never heard a song like that. It is not out yet but we will bring it out. Even if not, I’ve asked if we can release it as a private album,” Kamal said. The two are working together on Kamal’s Thalaivan Irukindran.
“You won’t believe it, people thought it’d take a few months for us to finish the song. But I returned from his studio around 2.30 am and by 8.30 am I had sent him the lyrics. That evening the recording was over. Everyone was surprised,” Kamal laughed.
Ilaiyaraaja is one of Kamal Haasan’s favourite music composers in the entertainment industry. During the live session, Kamal Haasan said that everybody thinks that he picks up talent in the entertainment industry before it gets famous.
However, he found AR Rahman after he got popular in the 1990s. Talking about that, Kamal Haasan said that it was because he was engrossed in Ilaiyaraaja’s songs and music during that time.