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There's no denying the fact that the much-loved Yuvan Shankar Raja is quite a popular name in the Tamil film industry today. During his fairly eventful career, the 'Rockstar' has carved a niche for himself thanks to his lively tunes, outspoken nature and charming personality. Over the years, he has composed music for quite a few big films and this has gone a long way in establishing him as an integral part of Kollywood. Today (August 31, 2018), as YSR turns a year older, we present before you selected snippets from an interview he had given to TOI a few years ago.
In it, he had spoken about his mother and embracing Islam.
Yuvan's Mother Was A Pillar Of Support
While speaking about his mother's influence on him, Yuvan had said that she was a pillar of support for him and she managed to hold the whole family together.
"She was a housewife and used to run the entire show. We have a large, extended family, but she held all of us together and was the singular pillar," he had added.
'She Liked Me For Being A Rebel'
Yuvan went on to add that she was someone who had tremendous faith in his abilities and always motivated him to strive for excellence. He also made it clear that she liked him for being a rebel.
"She was most attached to me and prayed the most for me. She liked me for being a rebel, who was emotional and affectionate. She knew that I am a giver, who, given an opportunity, would do any thing for my family."
YSR About His Mother's Death
While talking about her death, YSR said that it left a void in his life and affected his work. He also acknowledged that it took him nearly two years to come to terms with the loss.
'It Was The Worst Time Of My Life'
"She died of a heart attack all of a sudden in 2011. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that she was no longer there. I would cry a lot till 2013. I had a lot of work, but after her, could not concentrate. People started trashing my work. It was the worst time of my life."
A Soul-stirring Experience
Yuvan also touched upon his conversion to Islam and said that he took the decision in the aftermath of his mother's death, as he wanted to find peace.
"I was sitting next to her( in the hospital) holding her hand and the next second her hand fell and she had died. I was crying but wondered where her soul went within seconds as she was alive just a few seconds back. I was in search of the answers and I should say that I got a direct calling from Allah. It was a spiritual experience."