Ilaiyaraja இளையராஜா (born 2 June 1943 as Gnanathesikan) is an Indian film composer who works in the South Indian cinema predominantly in Tamil since the late 1970s. Widely regarded as the greatest Indian music composer of all time, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. He has composed more than 6000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films, particularly being acclaimed for his background scores.Popular world cinema portal Taste of Cinema placed Ilaiyaraja at the 9th position in its list of 25 greatest film composers in the cinema history thus becoming the only Indian to feature in that list. In a poll conducted by CNN-IBN celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013, Ilaiyaraaja was voted as the greatest music composer of India with a maximum of 49%.
Moonnaam Pakkam (മൂന്നാം പക്കം) is a 1988 Malayalam drama film written and directed by Padmarajan. It stars Jayaram, Thilakan, Kirti Singh, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rahman, Ashokan and Ajayan. Kirti and Ajayan made their debut in this film. The film met with universal critical acclaim and turned to be a cult film. The performance of Thilakan in the film was widely praised and is considered to be one of his best. This film was also a commercial success.
Agni Nakshathram is a 1988 Indian Tamil action drama film directed by Mani Ratnam. The film is about two half-brothers who come into conflict with each other in their claim for legitimacy as sons of a common father. Prabhu and Karthik played the lead roles along with Amala and Nirosha as their pairs. This film marks the debut film for Nirosha. The film's score and soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja was well received. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 200-day run at the box office.
Apoorva Sahodarargal is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. The film stars Kamal Haasan in three roles, as a mechanic, a circus clown who is a dwarf and a police officer, along with Gouthami and Rupini playing lead roles with Srividya, Manorama, Nagesh, Jaishankar, Nassar and Delhi Ganesh playing supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilayaraja. The songs remain popular even today. The sad theme music in the film was highly acclaimed and remains popular to this day. Regarding the song "Pudhu Mappillaiku", Kamal said that he wanted a tune similar to the chore which is sung in Oscar Awards function whereas Ilayaraja said that Kamal wanted a tune reminiscent to the song "Naan Paarthathile" from Anbe Vaa (1966). The song "Unna Nenachen" is one of the classic songs from the film. The song was rewritten by Vaali for over 5 times and Kamal Haasan was still unhappy with it only at his sixth attempt, he became successful in delivering what Kamal wanted.Elements of "Annatha Aadurar" has been used in the song "Saroja Saman Nikalo" from Chennai 600028 (2007). All the songs were written by Vaali while Prem Dhawan and Rajashri wrote the lyrics for Hindi and Telugu versions.