Rewind with Raja: The tear-lined frame
Ahead of the upcoming Ilaiyaraaja concert, Isai Celebrates Isai, the Isaignani, in this column, reflects on an old photo of his from the TNIE archive
'The lady in the photo is my mother Chinnathayee. This picture was clicked by me using my own camera. Photography is actually one of my most favourite hobbies, but it's for the viewers to say if am a good photographer (laughs). During this particular day, I was suffering from a bad headache. This was pretty unusual, as I rarely fall ill and had never had a headache until then. The pain kept increasing and my family members had to finally call a doctor to treat me. On seeing the doctor, my mother panicked and asked why he had come. Despite suffering from pain, I tried to console her saying it was nothing and I was doing alright. But she broke down in tears, and said, "Naan irukrapo doctor vandhu dhaan unna parthukanuma?" (Why do you need a doctor to take care of you when I am here?) I wanted to capture this selfless love of amma in a picture and I instantly shot a photo of her with a teary eye.'
(As told to Navein Darshan)