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I am frightened to sing in front of Ilaiyaraaja: Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has crooned Piddly, a song composed by Ilaiyaraaja for Shamitabh, said he never dared to sing in front of the maestro.

bollywood Updated: Jan 21, 2015 11:16 IST
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has crooned Piddly, a song composed by Ilaiyaraaja for Shamitabh, said he never dared to sing in front of the maestro.

"I have never dared to sing in front of him because I found it very embarrassing. Every time I used to sit in a studio separately to record... I remember one occasion while doing Paa, where I had to sing a song with Raja saab in front of me. I can't say how frightening it was," Amitabh Bachchan told reporters during the music launch of Shamitabh.

Sharing his experiences of working with the music composer, Amitabh described Ilaiyaraaja as a genius and said: "It was amazing how he corrected me. Thanks for the opportunity."

The megastar also shared his experiences on working with Ilaiyaraaja with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

Kamal Haasan, who has worked with Ilaiyaraaja in several films, said: "Raja has become a part of my life. Today I got the opportunity of hugging him. He is a bit shy. I knew that he would do his 1000th film and I am glad that his 786th film was with me."

Kamal said that once he had faced a problem with the music of one of his films. "I had shot all the songs but was not able to use them. Then I went to Raja. He said that I did not need to re-shoot and that he will dub the music for me. He saw the lip sync and made music which was totally different from the one I had recorded, and he made hit songs out of them."