Pazhassi Raja, the movie and the score are the examples of grandiose. Impeccably scripted by MT Vasudevan Nair and directed by Hariharan, this movie didn’t make any compromises in the making. The score was performed by the symphonic orchestra of Budapest and Laszlo Kovacs conducted it for Raaja.
The movie did take cinematic liberties in telling the original story of Pazhassi Raja. Ilaiyaraaja was criticised by reviewers that his score wasn’t up to the mark. But the score won plethora of awards and was the first recipient of the newly instituted National Award for Best Original Score.