Superstar Rajinikanth, recently revealed that he used to drink continuously till morning along with Maestro Ilayaraaja when they used to work together. Recollecting some of his cherished moments, the Lingaa actor also divulged few other interesting facts about the musical genius.
He said, "He(Ilayaraaja) was very naughty and mischievous and
would love to gossip. After our sessions, we would drink till
morning. But when I met him after a gap of few years, I saw a
transformation in Raaja sir. His dressing style had changed
completely. I then started calling him Raaja Swami. He is a saint
now as Maata Saraswathi lives in him."
So what is the reason behind Ilayaraaja's magical
transformation? The story goes like this: the celebrated violinist,
L Subramaniam once said that, his elder brother Vaidyanathan
insisted Ilayaraaja to accompany him to the famous Sri Mookambika
temple situated in Udupi, Karnataka.
Though Ilayaraaja never believed in supernatural power back
then, his visit to the temple changed everything. When Ilayaraaja
returned, his transformation was quite apparent. Surprised by
Ilayaraaja's new way of life, L Subramaniam was curious to know
what transformed the well known music director.
It was then Ilayaraaja revealed to L Subramaniam that when he
stepped inside the Mookambika temple, he felt some vibrations and
that his body and soul was revitalized. Ilayaraaja also admitted
that post his visit to the temple, there was a huge transition in
his compositions as well that helped him to come up with amazing
Ilayaraaja, who then gradually stopped the consumption of
alcohol was left with no choice but to give up his most loved
drinking sessions with Rajinikanth.