Trivia Of The Day
Mani Ratnam was inspired by a real-life incident to include this song in the film. His father-in-law, Charu Haasan (Kamal Haasan's elder brother, Suhasini's father) met with an accident in Paris and had to be hospitalized. He suffered from temporary amnesia and Suhasini was advised by his doctors to interact with him to help him regain his memory. Suhasini sang Carnatic songs that she grew up hearing and that helped her father recover and regain his memory. Mani Ratnam wanted to introduce this scenario in the film and when he told A.R. Rahman about it, Rahman suggested the theme he had composed for the background score. Gulzar wrote the lyrics on the spot and the song was recorded a day before the shoot.