It is a known fact that Gangai Amaran and Ilaiyaraaja are not in good terms for a long time now. But now, it looks like their sibling rivalry has gone to a whole new level as Gangai Amaran has made some serious allegations against his brother.
After lambasting the legendary music director for not accepting his National Award for Bala's Tharai Thappattai, Gangai Amaran, who is a part of the National Awards jury, has claimed that Ilaiyaraaja has no rights to touch his harmonium.
In an interview to a Tamil weekly, the multifaceted Gangai Amaran has said that Ilaiyaraaja once challenged him that the movie Chinnavar (1992), which was directed by him, will be a major flop at the box office.
When Gangai Amaran expressed confidence over the movie's performance, Ilaiyaraaja told him that he would never touch his pump organ again, should the film go on to become a hit.
Gangai Amaran has said that the movie was a box office success, but Ilaiyaraaja failed to keep his promise. Interestingly, Ilaiyaraaja himself had composed music for Chinnavar, which had Prabhu and Kasthuri in the lead.
Allegation Against Kamal Haasan
Gangai Amaran has said, he was supposed to helm Kamal Haasan in a movie titled 'Athi Veerapandian', right after the release of Chinnavar.
However, the project was dropped by the star actor after considering Ilaiyaraaja's advice, who had asked him not to join hands with his brother, as he (Gangai Amaran) is a bad film-maker.
What's even more shocking is that the 68-year-old has claimed that Kamal stole the story of 'Athi Veerapandian', which was later made as Thevar Magan.
Thevar Magan won many accolades for its bold script and remains a cult film till date. Gangai Amaran's claim that the story belongs to him and not Kamal Haasan has come across as a shocker.