Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Rajnikanth fans start countdown


Superstar Rajnikant and Shriya in "Sivaji". The film is the 100th Tamil film for Rajni. Produced by AVM productions and directed by Shankar, the film is expected to be released soon.
Amid speculation about the date on which Sivaji - The Boss will hit theatres, Rajnikanth fans in Kochi are busy working out strategies to give a rousing welcome to the latest film of their star. They have only one wish: somehow manage a ticket for the first day, first show.
Kumar, an ardent fan, says: "I shall like to watch it on the first day of release. There is a chance that the exhibitors may cut some scenes from the second day. Moreover, the `premiere show' is like a festival. The drama on the other side of the screen, with cheering and hooting, is a treat to watch."
 
How can fans stop celebrating the arrival of yet another Rajni movie? The star was last seen in a film 20 months ago in Chandramukhi. It is still drawing crowds in small centres. Box-office records were broken. Rajnikanth has been tipped as the second highest paid actor in Asia, behind the all-time favourite Jackie Chan.
 
"Sivaji - The Boss will rewrite box-office history. A Rajni film is special, as the actor is so dear to all of us. His style remains unchallenged," says Shanmugam, a loyal fan.
Fans have lapped up everything related to the film. Three days after the audio release, retail music shops in South India are sold out. "The A.R. Rahman-Shankar-Rajni combine has clicked. Songs from the movie are top on charts. My favourite is Athiradi sung by Rahman. Balleilakka is another foot-tapping number," says Sasi, a Government employee.
 
Rajnikanth fans hope that the film will be released by the third week of May. Sivaji has been in the news for long, as it has some of the high-profile names in Tamil film industry. Made under the banner of AVM Productions, the movie is directed by Tamil's highly successful director Shankar, who is teaming up with Rajnikanth for the first time. The name of A.R. Rahman makes the team more power-packed.
 
The lyrics are penned by Valee, Vairamuthu, Pa Vijay, and Muthukumar. K.V. Anand cranks the camera. Sujatha provides the punchy dialogues for the star. Thotta Tharani, Kollywood's respected art director, has designed the expensive sets.
 
Source : The Hindu


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