Ilaignan better than a Shankar movie: Rajini
The audio launch of Ilaignan was held on Sunday evening
at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai. Ilaignan has been produced
by S. Martin and directed by Suresh Krishna. With
Pa. Vijay, Meera Jasmine, Ramya Nambeesan, Kushboo
and Namitha in lead roles, the music of Ilaignan has
been scored by Vidyasagar. The function was attended
by producer S. Martin and his family, Rama Narayanan,
lyricists Vaali & Vairamuthu, actors Rajini, Suman,
Kushboo, Meera Jasmine, Ramya Nambeesan, Namitha,
music director Vidyasagar, Kanimozhi, MK Stalin along
with many of the state's ministers and MLAs under
the auspices of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
Songs and the Trailer
Three songs were shown to the audience along with
the trailer of the movie. The songs, which are of
different genres, got tremendous response from those
1) Mazhaiyil Kulitha Malarvanam....was like a painting
displayed on screen. With the song shot in colorful
Tulip gardens and the Alps Mountains, the song was
2) Imai Thoothane...had a culmination of interesting
music with prominent sounds of European symphony.
3) Thozha...was like a revolution-based song. Involving
thousands of people in a shipping yard, this song
is motivational. What simply stands out in this song
is the grandeur seen in it.
The trailer again made everyone awe-struck. With so
many junior artists, the art direction involving the
ship and Kalaignar's roaring dialogues, people were
just wondering about the effort and the money that
has been invested in making this movie.
Namitha and the audio release
Namitha, who is usually seen in skirts and skimpy
outfits in functions, was seen is a glittering black
saree in the function.
The audio of Ilaignan was released by Kalaignar M.
Karunanidhi himself and was received by Rajinikanth,
along with other crew members of the movie. Marking
CM’s presence in the occasion, the Ilaignan
team presented him with a memento resembling a sparkling
golden ship. If this wasn't moving enough, producer
S. Martin presented the CM with a giant-sized album
containing photographs of all of Kalaignar's 74 earlier
movies. This album, containing photos of artists and
supporting staff involved in all of Karunanidhi's
earlier movies, was brought in a typical old-fashioned
'Pettagam' and was presented to the CM.
The website for the movie was launched by Rajinikanth
and to represent this he presented the launch card
to producer S. Martin's children.
CM's brain is that of a 40-yr old
CM's daughter Kanimozhi recalled an incident when
speaking on the occasion. Referring CM, Vaali, Vairamuthu
and others present as 'Ilaignans', she said that doctors
informed that Karunanidhi's mind functions like a
40-year old when he was subjected to a brain scan
Heaping praises on the cast and crew, actor Suman
could not hide his excitement on being a part of this
project. Informing that this movie is special and
close to his heart, he thanked the CM for recommending
his name for his role in the movie. Humbly admitting
that he hoped to have done justice to his role, he
felt amazed by Kalaignar's contribution towards this
movie and admitted that he is very proud to have associated
himself with this project.
Actress Kushboo, who has a meaty role in this movie,
revealed that she feels the same nervousness she felt
when her first movie got released. Happy about the
outcome of the movie, she said that she is privileged
to have spoken dialogues written by the CM. Saying
that Ilaignan is not a translation of the novel ‘Thai
Kaaviyam’, she said that it is a transliteration
as Kalaignar has written her role in the movie keeping
his mother in mind. Having acted in this revolutionary
character, she concluded by saying that she takes
pride in essaying this character.
Nanbar Kalaignar Avargale
After appreciating Kanimozhi for her speech, Vairamuthu
recalled an incident when it was a high-pressure time
for Rajini to enter politics. He said that Rajini
agreed to the concept of a Tamilian becoming the CM
rather than the post decided on caste. He also praised
Rajini for his logical reasoning even at those situations.
The roof went down when the host of the evening, Ramya,
announced the next name to speak. Rajini started with
the line "Ella Pugazhum Iraivanukke" and
continued "Nanbar Kalaignar Avargale" and
followed the same for Vaali, Vairamuthu and others.
CM requested me
Informing the audience about his presence in MK Alagiri's
son Dayanidhi Alagiri's marriage in Madurai, he said
that he got a call from the CM after he reached Chennai
the day after. Showing surprise over hearing CM's
voice on the other end, he said that Kalaignar requested
him to make himself available for the audio launch
of Ilaignan. "Can I say no to the CM? quipped
Rajini who further added that the reason for CM's
success for over 60 years in politics is his humility.
Praising producer S. Martin for the movie, he mentioned
Martin's welcome speech was a Tamil script written
in English. He said, "I'm sure he would have
rehearsed for 100 times before today and I would love
to hear him say for the first time", which made
the CM and the elite guests burst in laughter. He
also said that Martin flew down from Coimbatore just
to thank him for his acceptance to participate in
the function after the CM requested him.
Ilaignan better than Shankar movie
Commenting about Suresh Krishna, the director of Ilaignan,
Rajini said that he holds a special place for him
in his heart. Referring to his earlier movies with
his good friend, he informed that Annamalai, Baasha
and Veera were important movies in his career which
made people look up to him. He commented that the
songs and trailer, the Tulip gardens, the thousands
of artists in one song and Alps Mountains, were better
visuals than seen in a Shankar movie. "Ithu Brammandam
mela Brammandam (above magnificence)”, Rajini
He also appreciated music director Vidyasagar for
his efforts and also revealed his hesitance in having
him as music director for Chandramukhi instead of
Ilayaraja. Rajini also had words of admiration for
Pa. Vijay. "I'm amazed at Pa. Vijay's composure
and his brilliance. He has his age and the brains
of a veteran like Vaali", was his words on Vijay.
He also showed his amazement on Vijay's acting and
his on-screen personality.
He concluded by saying what Nambiar used to tell him.
"Nambiar saami was a good friend and he always
used to tell me that though his body is 80 years old,
his heart is only 18 years old", Rajini concluded
inviting another round of applause from the gathering.
Pa. Vijay, the hero of the movie, thanked the elite
people who were present at the function. Stating that
he still has shivers as he had on the first day of
the shoot of the movie, he showed his gratitude towards
all those present.
Ilaignan, it is being told, will be released on Pongal