Monday, May 07, 2007

Rajnikanth shoots for India's most expensive film

NEW DELHI: If 'Jeans' starring Aishwarya Rai was in its time the most expensive film, its director S Shankar is now engaged in making what he claims is India's most expensive film to date, 'Sivaji'.
Starring matinee idol and action hero Rajnikanth, the film was recently shot in this American metropolis. Well-known filmmaker Tirlok Malik was the line producer for this Tamil film produced by AVM Productions which also boasts of National Award winning cinematographer K.V. Anand and internationally acclaimed music director A.R. Rahman.
Shankar is also remembered for the highly acclaimed 'Nayak' and 'Indian'.
'Sivaji' is slated for early release.
Malik, founder of the NRI TV Film Club, told that Rajnikanth 'has a Godly persona not only on screen but also off screen.'

Malik, who has won several awards including one for his very first film 'Lonely in America' in which he had also acted, had recently been nominated for a New York Emmy Award in the category of Historical Programming-Cultural Historical in a Thirteen/WNET segment.

"I love making films in New York," were his opening lines in the segment on Indian filmmaking--which Malik was also the segment producer--has aired several times on Thirteen/WNET in both the "Setting the Stage" and the "New York Voices" programmes. The Emmy is awarded by The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY NATAS).

Opening with Malik, the segment also features many other Indian-American filmmakers and actors - actress Pooja Kumar, actor Ranjit Chowdhry, DJ Rekha, producer Chander Malik-- as well as media personalities including Sree Sreenivasan of South Asia Journalists Association (SAJA).

Scenes appear from many Indian-American movies such as 'Lonely In America', his latest 'Arya', 'Flavors', 'Night With Henna', 'Hiding Divya' and many others including Bollywood movies with Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

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