Superstars Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan attended a double celebration in Mumbai on 20th January at which the music of "Shamitabh" was launched and its composer Ilaiyaraaja was felicitated.
Ilaiyaraaja's musical achievements were the highlight of the event as the three stars shared their experiences of working with the great composer.
"I am not a trained actor and I came in this industry accidentally. Without your music I don't think I could have come this far. It's been 15 years now and every day is full of your music. Every shot is full of your music. I draw my emotions from your music. Thank you Raaja sir for everything," Bachchan said.
When Bachchan asked Rajinikanth about his experiences of working with the legendary composer, he said "I know Raaja Sir from early '70s. He was very mischievous and naughty person at that time. We both used to gossip and used to have our drinks together till morning. And suddenly, I saw a transformation in Raaja sir which extended to his dressing style. And then I started calling him Raaja swami. He is a saint now and mata Saraswati lives in him."
Kamal Haasan, who has worked with Ilaiyaraaja in several films, said "Out of his 1000 films, 10 percent are mine. He created the songs but we own it. After the transformation I started calling him my brother. And today after 40 years for the first time I hugged him. I knew that he would have reached 1000 one day."
The evening also witnessed performances by Big B, Dhanush along with singer Shreya Ghoshal and Suraj Jagan.