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National Film Awards 2018: AR Rahman, with two wins, eclipses Ilaiyaraaja’s record

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With two wins – including the Best Music Director for songs in Kaatru Veliyidai and background score for Hindi thriller Mom – AR Rahman has eclipsed Ilaiyaraja’s record five awards to take his total count at the national circuit to six.

His official statement

I am extremely happy to win two National Awards for Kaatru Veliyidai and Mom. I thank all my directors, actors and everyone who helped me make good music. I still remember I was told it was too early when I signed Roja. Let me tell you, it is never too early. I thank Sridevi ji and Boney Kapoor. It is a very special film.

Working with Mani Ratnam ji is always pleasure. He is extraordinary and creative. You can throw any idea to him and he would make it organic. I have won three National awards for his movies. His trust makes you want to work harder. Thank you Mani Ratnam sir.

In the time of need, where you need a movie to express your agony and pain for the victims, came Mom. Even though she is no longer with us, she will always be in our hearts and she will be deeply missed. I am happy to have worked with Ravi, who again has a great vision.

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