The three legends of Indian cinema – Amitabh Bachchan , Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth recently shared the dias together at the music and trailer launch of Big B’s upcoming film Shamitabh.
The occasion was also to felicitate the music genius Ilaiyaraaja for the completion of 1000 films. It may be recalled that three decades ago the trio shared the screen space in a film called Geraftaar.
Amitabh moderated a chat with all three of them on their experiences with the music legend, Ilaiyaraaja. “I am here to talk to these two legends about another great legend who we are paying tribute to,” said the icon in a deep baritone.
“So Rajini, what is it that you find special in Mr Ilaiyaraaja, what about his music, his nature?” asked Amitabh. “I know him from early 70’s. He used to be very naughty and mischievous, we used to gossip a lot. And suddenly one day transformation took place. I realised everything, including his dressing changed. And I felt like calling him a saint and not Raajasaheb,” replied Rajinikanth.
Kamal Haasan, on Ilaiyaraaja, said, “Raaja has become a part of me. I used to call him Raaja but after transformation he became my brother. I have been wanting to hug him for the longest time but he is a shy man. And today, after 35 years, I took the opportunity to hug him. It’s long overdue and I finally managed to hug him.”