The event also saw a live performance by Big B and Dhanush, apart from other singers and music composers.

"Thank you for whatever you have given to this industry. I am your devoted fan. Your music is a big inspiration. I am not a trained actor, but accidentally became an actor... It is because of your music that I have made it so far. My every inspiration comes form your music," Dhanush said.

R Balki, however, clarified that "Shamitabh" was not Ilayaraja's 1,000th film.

"Director Bala's film is the 1,000th film of Ilayaraja," he said.

Presented by Eros International and produced by RK Damani, Sunil Lulla, Gauri Shinde, Rakesh Jhunjhuwaala and Abhishek Bachchan, "Shamitabh" starring Big B, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan is scheduled to release on February 6.

Besides the star cast, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shruti Haasan and Tabu were among others who were present at the event.

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