At an audio launch on Monday Balu Mahendra told the untold story of how Rahman had won his first national award.
Balu Mahendra said that it was his casting vote as the jury chairman of the National Award committee, that fetched Rahman the award for the best music director for Roja over Ilayaraja's Thevar Magan in the same year!
Interestingly, Balu Mahendra had never worked with Rahman in his career. In all his 25 films the scores were produced and composed by Ilayaraja alone.
Rahman would be in Chennai on Saturday night and will attend the Cine Musicians" Union special felicitation function for winning the coveted Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.