Yuvan Shankar Raja revealed that he has written a female-oriented script and plans to direct the film himself, during an event held in Chennai on Monday to celebrate his 25-year career as a music composer.
The composer further added that the project will likely go on floors later this year or in 2023. However, he chose to keep other details about the film under wraps.
Yuvan, son of ace composer Ilaiyaraaja, made his debut as music director with the 1997 Tamil film Aravindhan, when he was still in his teens. He has since produced several hit albums for films such as Paruthiveeran, 7G Rainbow Colony, and many others. Recently, he composed the songs for the Ajith-starrer Valimai, now running in theatres.
Speaking at the event on Monday, Yuvan thanked all the artists, instrumentalists, filmmakers, and technicians he has worked with over the years. The composer also reminisced about late lyricist Na Muthukumar, who was one of his frequent collaborators. Yuvan observed that a void has been left behind by Muthukumar, which cannot be filled by anyone. “We gave a lot of super hits and he was a fantastic writer. He would listen to a tune during composing and come up the lyrics quickly. Such songs have go on to become hits. I have good vibes with other lyricists such as Pa Vijay, Snehan, and Vivek too,” he added.
The musician also shared how he felt when he was sent a picture of actor Vijay’s son wearing a T-shirt saying ‘Yuvanism’. “I did not know how to react to it. Later, when I met Vijay, he said that he was the one who had asked his associate to send me the photo. He said that his son is a very big fan of mine and had wanted me to know. I did not share that photo because I consider it very personal.”
While he shared his plan to take up film direction, Yuvan clarified that he has no interest in acting, apart from appearances in music videos. He also said that his YSR Films banner is on the lookout for scripts to back.
The composer mentioned that he plans to create a lot of music and revealed that an independent song with actor-singer Silambarasan TR is in the pipeline. He also said that he will be venturing into NFTs with his unused musical pieces.
On how YouTube and social media view count has become the de facto measure of a song’s success, Yuvan said, “Earlier, we knew a song was successful when it got played in tea shops. Now, things have moved online and it’s all about the numbers. At the end of the day, if the music is liked, that’s enough.”
Yuvan has several upcoming albums for films such as Naane Varuven and Viruman, among others.