A musical journey that began in 1976 with ‘Annakili’ is all set to reach a milestone, 38 years later.

Music director Ilaiyaraja will soon be composing music for his 1,000 film, ‘Thaara Thappattai’.

The film’s director Bala revealed this recently, much to the delight of the maestro’s fans who assembled at Thamukkam grounds in Madurai.

The event — launch of the official Ilaiyaraja Fan Club — was telecast by a Tamil entertainment channel on Monday, Tamil New Year day.

“I have something very important to announce here, not for the sake of publicity, but merely as a piece of information. My next film is ‘Thaara Thappattai’ and ‘ayya’ (referring to Ilaiyaraja) will compose its music. More importantly, it will be his 1,000 film. It is a matter of great fortune for us all. I am from Madurai, and Sasikumar, also from here, will be the hero of the film,” said Bala, falling at the feet of the maestro.

The expectations of his fans were already high when publicity stills of his 999 film — ‘Oru Oorile’ — were put up all over the city, at the end of March. “No words to express. All I can say is he is prolific and a phenomenon,” said Ramji Subramanian, a software professional, and hardcore fan of the maestro.

“Director Bala should feel blessed to be associated with the 1000 film of the maestro, who also scored for Sethu — his debut film,” he said.

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