A R Rahman’s becoming an international brand and his global itinerary is working in favour of his counterparts back home or so it seems. The young music composers of Kollywood are churning out hit after hit to fill the temporary vacuum created by the Oscar winner’s absence and leading their pack is none other than Yuvan Shankar Raja. He arrived in Kollywood with the entry card of being maestro Illayaraja’s son but to give full credit to his talent he has survived on his own. Over the years he has proved his mettle by creating one hit album after another. The music he made in 2010 has been a highwater mark in his career particularly because the year before that was a jinxed one.
Last year, Yuvan was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons on the personal and professional fronts. His much publicised break off with director Selvaraghavan was considered a blow to his career. But Yuvan seems to have bounced back with vigour. He began 2010 with a bang with Goa. The songs went on to become huge hits. He followed it up with half a dozen songs in Lingusamy’s Paiyya which stayed right on top of the audio charts.
Referred to as the ‘rock star of Tamil cinema’, Yuvan’s songs in successive films including Baana Kathadi and Kadhal Solla Vandhen have also become popular. Come Friday Naan Mahan Alla starring Karthi and Kajal Agarwal for which Yuvan has scored music is hitting the screens. Success breeds more success they say and Yuvan’s kitty is full of new offers. On working in several projects simultaneously, he has recently tweeted, ‘Its hard to explain how I feel rite now, words can’t fit my emotions, been working all odd hours! Feel so new! I love what I’m doing!’
His forthcoming films include director Ameer’s Adhi Bhagavan and director Bala’s Avan Ivan. He is also scoring music for Ajith’s Mankatha. On working with an intense filmmaker like Bala, Yuvan has tweeted ‘it’s a challenge for me to work with bala, to satisfy him with my tunes! It’s a great experience to work with him! The hectic schedule is not affecting the quality of his work, if one goes by the hits he has been giving. Major awards and accolades are still eluding this young master but as Yuvan himself says in one of his tweets, ‘the ultimate award for me is seeing u people love my music n my music being a part of your lives, in every way.