About Ilaiyaraaja , amitabh bachchan feels that there is something divine and godly in him.
Amitabh said “If you have been to his music room, to his house, there is a peculiar divine atmosphere,” and when the same qustion was asked to Rajinikanth he replied, “I have enjoyed all the worldly things, materialistic pleasure, and then a time comes when you aspire for bigger things, higher things in life. This is true even in Raaja’s case probably”.
When Big B pointed out that Kamal Hasan has sung for Ilaiyaraaja, Kamal replied tongue-in-cheek, “That is his misfortune; he is not all the time fortunate.” Rajinikanth, in one of his films in which Ilaiyaraaja had scored the music, had just four lines to sing. “I took eight hours to sing that,” laughed Rajinikanth.
Kamal Haasan talking about his singing experience said “Raaja has been a friend, he has been a brother, but the truth is that he is also my guru. I thought I knew film singing until I met Raaja. To sing for the mike, to correct yourself, to learn those little tricks… I watched about 100 re-recordings and background scores during music sessions. Today it is helping me as a director. Now I sound like a music director, thanks to Raaja.”
Ilaiyaraaja has given music for four years continuously for 56 films, including background score. And most of these films have been huge box office successes.