Sunday, November 27, 2011

A.R. Rahman used to wait for my lyrics: Vaali


It’s common knowledge that top Kollywood and Bollywood filmmakers used to wait outside Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s studio to get tunes for their films.

But there’s an ace lyricist for whom it was the other way around. ARR was said to have waited for hours to get lines from award-winning lyricist Vaali.

The veteran interacted with the media at a gathering organised by 'Sadhaga Paravaigal' Shankar recently to promote his upcoming show Vaali 1000 for a private channel.

He got candid with DC. “Rahman and I bond well. He used to come home and take the lyrics from me. He has even waited for an hour sometimes.”

The eighty-year-old lyricist said that he even disturbed Rahman at odd times to clear his doubts. “For instance while I was writing the song New York Nagaram for Sillunnu Oru Kadhal to his music, I initially wrote a line like this – Breeze walked in from the ship. Suddenly, I had a doubt, did New York even have a harbour? I immediately called Rahman who confirmed it.”

Vaali has written an astounding fifteen thousand songs so far. His soulful, thoughtful lines penned for the late legends Sivaji and MGR were famous in their heyday.

He also openly admits that he used to party with some of yesteryear’s top heroines while in high spirits. “Don’t ask me who they are, because none of them are alive today,” he grinned with a twinkle in his eye.

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