Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shreya to dub for Shivaji Hindi version

Amidst Tamil, Telugu and Hindi offers pouring in, Shreya has found time to dub for her voice in the Hindi version of Shivaji: The Boss. In the Tamil version of the film, dubbing artiste Kaniga dubbed for Shreya. Shreya is very excited about dubbing giving her own voice, that too in Hindi! Director Shankar had already changed a few things in the Hindi version of the film. The part before the song Athiradithan… is one of the parts changed. The orignal Tamil version of Shivaji opened to packed houses even in the remote villages of North India. The dubbed version of the film is expected in theatres

In other news about Shreya, she has been targeted by none other Kollywood playboy Simbu for a role in his upcoming film by Linguswany’s assistant Paneerselvam. The actor still has three films in postproduction - Kaalai, Kettavan, and Silambattam - despite which he had decided to go ahead with the fourth. The film will be under Linguswamy’s home production banner. Subash Chandra Bose, Linguswamy’s brother, will produce the film.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

100 days just 'half-way mark' for 'Sivaji'

Chennai, Sep 26 (IANS) Superstar Rajnikant's blockbuster 'Sivaji: The Boss' has completed 100 days but no celebrations marked the occasion because producers say it has many more milestones to cross.
'We have only crossed the half-way mark. Let 'Sivaji' cross still bigger marks. Then we will celebrate!' said S.C. Babu, CEO of AVM Productions, under whose banner the film was made.
The movie was released amid much hype and fanfare, and the suspense was heightened with its release date getting postponed several times.
In the bargain, several small and big films changed their release dates so that their films did not clash with Rajnikant's big movie. But the 'Boss' came only when he was ready.
One big film that really suffered was Suresh Balaji's Ajit-starrer 'Kireedam'. Ajit usually has a release on his birthday May 1. But this year, his 'Kireedam' did not release on the special day. However he did not show any disappointment, as he had no desire to question the 'Boss'.
First came the music of 'Sivaji'. And music from A.R. Rahman crosses all barriers. Even those who didn't know a word of Tamil listened to 'Sivaji: The Boss' and sang 'Vaaji Vaaji ...'.
And when 'Sivaji' arrived in style May 31, there was mass euphoria not only in Tamil Nadu but all over India. It was for the first time that a regional film created such national frenzy.
As there are around 140 digital theatres in Tamil Nadu, for the first time a large number of digital prints were dispatched to all the cinema halls. Digital prints apart, 400 Tamil and 300 Telugu prints were sent to theatres across the world.
For the first time, a Tamil film had simultaneous releases in the US, Canada, Britain, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Australia.
People stood in serpentine queues across South India to catch the first day first show of the blockbuster, and the film ran to full houses in North Indian cities too.
'Sivaji' is Rajnikant's 100th Tamil film, and the ninth for AVM. All the eight earlier films Rajni did for AVM were huge hits ... And the latest is their biggest ever.
A film completing 100 days is considered a big event as it has become a rarity. Surprisingly, when 'Sivaji' completed 100 days a few days ago, there were no celebrations.
Rajnikant, however, made a trip to the famed Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh to thank god for the film's success - he had visited the Lord Venkateswara temple before its release also.
And if one goes by AVM Productions' CEO, celebrations will have to wait until 'Sivaji' completes 200 days!

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Sivaji completes 100 days - NDTV

Sanjay Pinto

Friday, September 21, 2007: (Chennai):

The 'first day, first show' frenzy was re-enacted by die-hard Rajinikanth fans as his mega movie Sivaji races to its one hundredth day.

And capturing the celebration was a fan of a different kind - a professor who is making a documentary film on the Rajini mania.

"Rajini doesn't encourage this. Fans spend on their own. He tells them don't do this. Just be good human beings," said Dr Uma Vangal, Rajini Fan.

After the release of an unprecedented 500 prints in Tamil and 300 in Telugu worldwide, Sivaji seems to have lived up to the hype.

"In terms of collections, it's like a golden jubilee which is like 50 weeks of the movie," said M S Guhan, Managing Partner, AVM Productions.

At least 30 shows in Chennai across 18 centres are still running full. This distributor who bought the Chennai screening rights for a whopping Rs 6.5 crore says he has already got all his money back.

"I have almost touched Rs 6.5 crore breaking even. After 100 days whatever I make in the next four and a half years is my money," said Abirami Ramanathan, President, Chennai Exhibitor's Association.

The repeat audience for the film has surpassed expectations. But will the producers go in for another 80 crore project?

"When S S Vasan produced Chandralekha, he took a huge risk. After so many years, we took a risk like that. I don`t think he must repeat such a big project!" said M Saravanan, Managing Partner, AVM Productions.

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Sivaji 100 days poster at Chennai city

Sivaji 100 days posters are decorating Chennai city walls. The poster is simply superb. Thalaivar is amazing and looks so dashing in the poster.

Pls click the below link for the poster photograph.

And a good news for you all: AVM may come up with ad on Sunday with total 100 days centres list. Let's wait till Sunday and see.

- Sundar

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

அமெரிக்காவில் சிவாஜி 100!

Rajini with Shreya அமெரிக்க கண்ட வரலாற்றிலேயே முதல் முறையாக, ஒரு தமிழ்ப் படம் 100 நாட்கள் ஓடி சாதனை படைத்துள்ளது. அந்தப் படம் சிவாஜி என்று சொல்லித்தான் தெரிய வேண்டியதில்லை.

இந்தியாவிலேயே இதுவரை இல்லாத அளவுக்கு மிகப் பெரிய பட்ஜெட்டுடன், மிகப் பெரிய எதிர்பார்ப்புடன், வெளியான ஒரே படம் சிவாஜியாகத்தான் இருக்க முடியும்.

வெளியாகி 100 நாட்கள் ஆனதே தெரியவில்லை. அந்த அளவுக்கு படு வேகமாக சிவாஜி 100 நாட்களைத் தாண்டியுள்ளது.

40 நாடுகளில் 800க்கும் மேற்பட்ட பிரிண்டுகளுடன் வெளியான படம் சிவாஜி. அமெரிக்கா மற்றும் கனடாவில் தமிழ் சிவாஜி 44 மையங்களில் திரையிடப்பட்டது. இதுவரை இப்படி ஒரு படம் இங்கு திரையிடப்பட்டதில்லையாம். இது ஒரு சாதனை.

இங்கிலாந்தில், யுகே டாப் 10 பட வரிசையில் முதன் முதலாக ஒரு தமிழ்ப் படம் இடம் பெற்ற பெருமையை சிவாஜி நிகழ்த்தியது. இது இன்னொரு சாதனை.

இப்போது உலகெங்கிலும் சிவாஜி 100 நாட்ளைக் கடந்துள்ளது. கனடாவில் மட்டும் 6 தியேட்டர்களில் திரையிடப்பட்டது. தற்போது ஸ்கேர்பாரோவில் தொடர்ந்து ஓடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது. இதுதவிர மேலும் 5 தியேட்டர்களில் சிவாஜி திரையிடப்பட்டு ஓடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது.

டொரண்டோவில் ஒரு தமிழ்ப் படம் 100 நாட்களாக ஓடிக் கொண்டிருப்பது இதுவரை இல்லாத புதிய சாதனையாம். இது சிவாஜியின் மாபெரும் சாதனை.

சிவாஜி படத்தின் உலகளாவிய விநியோகஸ்தரான அய்ங்கரண் இன்டர்நேஷனல் நிறுவனம் கூறுகையில், இலங்கையில் 12 தியேட்டர்களில் சிவாஜி தொடரந்து அரங்கு நிறைந்த காட்சிளாக ஓடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறதாம். சிங்கப்பூரில் 2 தியேட்டர்களில் 100 நாட்களைக் கடந்துள்ளதாம்.

ஏவி.எம் நிறுவன தலைமை செயல் அதிகாரி எஸ்.சி.பாபு கூறுகையில், தமிழகத்தில் 90 தியேட்டர்களில் சிவாஜி 100 நாட்களைத் தொட்டுள்ளது. சென்னையில் மட்டும் 10 தியேட்டர்களிலும் புறநகர்களில் 13 தியேட்டர்களிலும் 100 நாட்களைத் தொட்டுள்ளது என்றார்.

இதுதவிர பெங்களூரில் சிவாஜி 3 தியேட்டர்ளில் 100 நாள் ஓடியுள்ளது. மைசூரில் ஒரு தியேட்டரில் 100 நாட்களைத் தொட்டுள்ளது. மும்பையில் உள்ள அரோரா சினிமாஹாலில் சிவாஜி நாளையுடன் 100 நாட்களைத் தொடுகிறது.

ஏவிஎம் நிறுவன விளம்பரப் பொறுப்பாளர் அர்ஜூனன் கூறுகையில், உலகம் முழுவதும் சிவாஜி படம் 100 நாட்களைத் தொடுவது குறித்து மேலும் செய்திகளை எதிர்பார்த்துள்ளோம் என்றார்.

ரசிகர்கள் உற்சாக கொண்டாட்டம்:

அதேசமயம், தங்களது தலைவர் படத்தின் 100வது நாள் விழாவை சென்னையில் ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள் வானவேடிக்கை, பாண்டு வாத்தியம் முழங்க அசத்தலாக கொண்டாடினர்.

சென்னை ஆல்பட் தியேட்டரில் சிவாஜி ரசிகர் மன்றம் சார்பில் சிறப்பான கொண்டாட்டம் நடைபெற்றது. சிவாஜி பட ஒளிப்பதிவாளர் கே.வி.ஆனந்த், எடிட்டர் அந்தோணி ஆகியோர் சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்களாக கலந்து கொண்டு விழாவைச் சிறப்பித்தனர்.

விழாவையொட்டி ஆல்பட் தியேட்டர் வளாகமே விழாக்கோலம் பூண்டு காணப்பட்டது. இதுவரை இல்லாத உற்சாகத்தில் ரசிகர்கள் காணப்பட்டனர்.

இந்த விழாவில் ஆனந்த், அந்தோணி தவிர சிவாஜியில் நடித்த சில காமெடி நடிகர்களும் கூட வந்திருந்தனர். இது முழுக்க முழுக்க ரஜினி ரசிகர்களே ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்த விழாவாகும் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமை மாலை 5 மணியிலிருந்து ஆறரை மணிக்குள் விழா நடந்தது. விழாவுக்கு முன்பு ரஜினி படப் பாடல்களை பாண்டு வாத்தியக் குழுவினர் இசைத்து விழாவுக்கு டெம்போவைக் கூட்டினர்.

பட்டாசுகள், வான வேடிக்கைகள், ரஜினி கட் அவுட்டுக்கு ஆரத்தி, பாலாபிஷேகம் என சகல கொண்டாட்டங்களும் நடந்தேறின. திருஷ்டிப் பூசணிக்காய்களும் உடைக்கப்பட்டன. தேங்காய் உடைத்து அபிஷேகம், ஆரத்திகள் நடந்ததைப் பார்த்தபோது அது தியேட்டரா இல்லை கோவிலா என்ற சந்தேகம் பலருக்கும் வந்திருக்கும்.

ரசிகர்களுடன் அந்தப் பகுதியினரும் சேர்ந்து கொள்ள கொண்டாட்டம் களை கட்டியது. இவர்கள் தவிர அந்தப் பகுதி வழியாக போனோர், வந்தோர், பேருந்துகளில் பயணித்த பயணிளும் கூட ரஜினி ரசிகர்களின் கொண்டாட்டத்தைப் பார்த்து குதூகலித்தனர்.

விழாவில் பங்கேற்ற கே.வி. ஆனந்த், அந்தோணி, நகைச்சுவை நடிகர்கள் முத்துக்காளை, பாலாஜி மற்றும் தியேட்டர் உரிமையாளர் மாரியப்பன் ஆகியோருக்கு நினைவுப் பரிசுகள் வழங்கப்பட்டன.

இப்படத்தில் நடித்தபோது ரஜினிகாந்த் 200 சதவீத ஒத்துழைப்பை வழங்கினார். எனது வாழ்க்கையில் சிவாஜி படத்தில் பணியாற்றியதை மறக்க முடியாது. படப்பிடிப்பு முழுவதும் ரஜினி கூடவே இருந்தார். இந்த அளவுக்கு படம் வெற்றி பெற்றது நினைத்துக் கூட பார்க்க முடியாதது, வேறு எந்தப் படத்தாலும் இதை சாதிக்க முடியாது என்றார் ஆனந்த்.

விழா முடிந்ததும் ரசிகர்கள் அனைவரும் சிவாஜி படத்தைப் பார்த்து விட்டுத்தான் வீட்டுக்குச் சென்றார்கள்.

விழாவுக்கு எல்.ஐ.சி பிரிவு ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள் ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்தனர். ரஜினி விசிறிகள் இணையதள சங்கத் தலைவர் சுந்தர், ராஜேஷ், நாராயணன், ஆர்க்டு ரஜினி விசிறிகள் குழுவின் சம்பத், பிரசன்னா, மது ஆகியோர் வரவேற்றனர்.

ஏவி.எம். நிறுவனமே ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்தாலும் கூட ரசிகர்களின் இந்த உற்சாகத்தை அந்த விழாவுக்குக் கொண்டு வந்திருக்க முடியாது.

சிவாஜியின் 100வது நாள் தொடர்பாக மேலும் பல செய்திகளை நாமும் தரப் போகிறோம். தொடர்ந்து படியுங்கள், என்ன?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Records Galore - Thy Name is Sivaji: The Boss

In addition to the multitudes of records created by Thalaivar's
Sivaji: The BOSS, here is one more from the ultimate blockbuster of
this century.

Thalaivar's greatest hit till date - Sivaji - is still running for 3
shows daily in Bangalore's PVR Multiplex, considered as India's
premier multiplex amongst all its peers. About 4 weeks back,
Sivaji's screening was reduced to 2 shows (from earlier 4 & then 3
shows daily) in PVR & the following week to 1 show daily but last
week, it was increased to 2 shows (1 show in Classic screens & 1
more show in Europa screens) & this week (from 14th Sep.'07) to 3
shows (2 shows in Classic & 1 Show in Europa).

Apart from PVR, BOSS is still running daily 4 shows in Nataraj
theatre in Banglore. In both these theatres, Sivaji has been
running since its release date and is expected to complete 100 days.

I think this is a record for PVR Cinemas. As far as I can remember
since PVR opened in Bangalore in Aug.'04, I haven't noticed any
movie running for 100 days continuosly on its first release.

Sivaji must be the first movie to create a record run of 100 days in
PVR, which is India's premier multiplex chain. PVR's ticket rates
are one of the highest amongst the multiplexes in India & a Tamil
movie running for the maximum days in such a multiplex & that too
outside TN, must be a first of its kind both in terms of maximum run
days as well as highest BO collections.

Sivaji is sure breaking record after record. If there is no
previous record in a particular city or town or segment, Sivaji
creates a new record to set benchmark for the industry.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tamil Nadu film fans vote for Kollywood

Everyone has heard of Bollywood, but Kollywood? The Tamil film industry is little-known outside India, where enthusiasts would never confuse it with its Hindi-language cousin based in Bombay.
Indeed, Kollywood â€" derived from Kodambakkum, the area of Madras associated with film production â€" is bigger than Bollywood, a term often erroneously used to describe the entire Indian film industry.
Sivaji: The Boss, a Tamil action flick, is reputed to be the most expensive Indian film ever made, with a budget of about $20 million, including an unprecedented $4 million fee for Rajinikanth, its star. Its release this year caused chaotic scenes in cinemas and set box office records at home and abroad.
The industry, which accounts for around 1 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s GDP, is powerful and has been bound with politics since the 1930s. Indeed, its influence on state politics â€" and vice versa â€" runs so deep many leaders have appeared on the big screen or worked behind the scenes. Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the chief minister, was a scriptwriter; Jayaram Jayalalitha, his predecessor (and successor), was a popular actress.
Yet it was M. G. Ramachandran, the superstar known as MGR, whose decade in power cemented the relationship between films and the popular vote to the point where it is now almost impossible to attain office without experience in the industry.
Despite a reign overshadowed by chronic corruption, police brutality and disastrous economic policies, MGR was a deity to the masses. Upon his death in 1987, two million people attended his funeral and 31 grief-ridden fans committed ritual suicide.

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FILMS: Having tasted success, Sivaji's producers are planning its Japanese and Malay versions
Having struck gold at the box office in India and abroad with Rajnikanth starrer Sivaji: The Boss, AVM Productions is trying to work out another foreign release in Malay and Chinese as dubbed versions. But, playing it safe, S C Babu, CEO, AVM Productions insists that it is too early to make an announcement as the talks with foreign counterparts are still in early stages.
The movie is likely to be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival in the first week of October and discussions are on to release the movie in Japan with Japanese subtitles.
Rajnikanth has a strong fan base in Japan and the local demand is backed by local fan following and not just Indians living in Japan. According to Babu, the universal appeal of the music scored by A R Rahman along with the strong visual attraction (all those stunning sets created by Thota Tharrani) are strong drivers for the demand for this movie in foreign countries.
The background score for the movie was recorded in Prague, Czech Republic, using local musicians by an American music conductor.
Shivaji has already been released in Malaysia in its original form (Tamil) and it has created history by beating the highest Malay grosser in the country.
Back home, the movie will complete its 100 days on September 23. �The estimates of box office collections so far would be available only by the end of the month, � says Babu. Rough estimates reported in the media so far range between Rs 200-450 crore, a number that the production house insists is inaccurate.
The dubbed Hindi version of the movie is also under production. �Though there have been rumours about a Diwali release, we feel the festival would not be the right time for the release of the Hindi version. The reason being that the deadline is too short and also, we would look at a less competitive timing for the release. After all, the original Tamil version has already been released and tasted great success in the so-called northern markets,� says Babu.
Sivaji has been a great success in markets like Julandhar, Lucknow and Jaipur apart from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
For the Hindi dubbed version, certain parts of the movie will need to be reshot to make it relevant to the Hindi audience. Mumbai writer and lyricist Swanand Kirkire, who wrote the dialogues for movies like Eklavya and Chameli, is writing the Hindi version of Sivaji).
The television rights for the movie were recently bought by Kalaignar TV � the yet to be launched DMK party backed TV Channel � for an undisclosed price. While Babu refused to discuss the subject, industry sources said that the TV rights have been sold for Rs 3-4 crore. Under the contract, the buyers reportedly cannot broadcast movie for three years.
Despite tight controls over the prints, Sivaji has already become a victim among movie pirates.
�As long as the film is in the analog version, there is very little we can do to control piracy. With 800 prints in circulation, curbing piracy is a logistic nightmare,� says Babu.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Rajnikant: reigning boss of Indian celluloid

Return of the Boss
Superstar Rajnikant returns with mega- movie, Sivaji-The Boss. The hype and hysteria surrounding the release of Sivaji: the Boss in India and overseas needs to be seen to be believed but there is no doubt about who is the country's biggest superstar.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, or Rajnikant to the most people, who was never seen as a hero by the Mumbai based Hindi filmdom or Bollywood, is today the undisputed king of Indian cinema.
He took home a wad of Rs.160 million for Sivaji which is the most expensive Indian film ever. Even A-list Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan charge about Rs 90 million each per film.
Before 57-year-old Rajnikant's latest venture Sivaji hit the marquees this week, it was a common sight to see fans performing ablution by milk on his cut-outs, breaking coconuts in front of the film's posters to ward off evil forces, offering prayers and standing in never-ending serpentine queues to get a ticket.
Fans could be seen gathered outside single-screen theatres as well as multiplex theatres prior to the film's screening and chanted slogans. In Mumbai, fans were seen with hair dyed blond (like Rajni in the film), bursting crackers, distributing sweets and flowers.
In cinema halls in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai, front benchers and the so-called suave balcony crowd alike were seen hooting, whistling, clapping, slogan chanting, dancing and throwing confetti every time their hero made an appearance, broke into a dance, delivered a punch line or hit the villain on the silver screen.
The Rajni mania is not just griping India but according to reports desi fans wrecked at least 10 cinemas across Malaysia after a nationwide premiere of Sivaji: The Boss was either delayed or cancelled due to technical glitches. Rajni's histrionics in Sivaji with the coin, sunglasses and even his bald pate, have been hailed like there was no tomorrow. And the Rajni mania is not just griping India but according to reports desi fans wrecked at least 10 cinemas across Malaysia after a nationwide premiere of Sivaji: The Boss was either delayed or cancelled due to technical glitches.
The Rajni mania is at its zenith in the US and Japan as well. Reports from the US said there is unprecedented rush for tickets of Sivaji being screened in major cities.
No other Tamil film - be it Chandramukhi, Anniyan, Ghajini, Vettayadu Vilayadu - has attracted the kind of craze that has preceded the Sivaji release in the US. A similar story is taking place in Japan where Rajnikant is immensely popular, according to reports.
Supernova, superstar, 'Style Mannan'...the Periya Thaliavar of Tamil filmdom has many adjectives attached to his name. Now that his latest movie is said to have grossed nearly Rs.20 million in advance bookings from 17 theatres in Chennai itself, it wouldn't be wrong to anoint him as the biggest star of India.
The only time Bollywood cast Rajnikant in an important role was in Anil Sharma's Farishtey, J Om Prakash's Bhagwan Dada and Wafadar, which were forgotten soon after. But except for his crisp Tamil accent, a Romeo-style red scarf, a cowboyish swagger, there was little to write home about his Bollywood career.
Rajnikant's first notable performance was in Moondru Mudichu in which he played a character with negative shades and charmed one and all with his famous cigarette flip. String of blockbusters likes Pokkiri Raja, Thanikkattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla, Moondru Mugham and Nettrikkam followed, making him a phenomenon.
Rajnikant has portrayed people from various walks of life and his films always carry a social message. Sivaji is the superstar's 100th Tamil film. It is his ninth movie under the banner of AVM Productions.

With every movie he does, he just seems to get bigger and better. Clearly, for him the world is not enough.

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Century beckons Sivaji

Sivaji, which rewrote the box-office history of Tamil cinema, will complete its 100-day run in the coming weeks.
One of the big-budgeted movies, Sivaji was Rajnikanth's 100th direct film in Tamil. Produced by AVM and directed by Shankar, the movie witnessed a bumper opening in over 850 screens, where it was released.
With a team of talented technicians around, Sivaji was an engrossing entertainer which featured Rajnikanth in a captivating role.
A R Rehman's music, K V Anand's cinematography and Thotatharani's art work did wonders for the movie. The movie which is now all ready to be dubbed in Hindi, has won rave reviews even in abroad. It even managed to find a place in the Top Ten movies in UK box-office.
Still running to packed house in several theatres, Sivaji is expected to gross more revenue in the coming days.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

The Big No :Rajnikant

Rajnikant (TOI Photo)
Rajni had to imitate three Bollywood stars to woo his girlfriend, Shreya Sharan.

Versatile and energetic, the Southern rage Rajnikanth has won kudos for his phenomenal performance in Sivaji. For the Hindi version of his film the film-makers decided to re-shoot one important song where Rajni had to imitate three Bollywood stars to woo his girlfriend, Shreya Sharan.

However, when the director Shankar explained the concept to him, Rajni had a problem. His condition was that he would do the song, but without imitating his friend and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (with whom Rajni has earlier worked in films like Andha Kanoon).

According to our source, Rajni was kicked by the idea of doing a song for the Hindi version especially since it would mean a lot for his fans back here in Bollywood. He also loved the concept considering that the song in Tamil, where he imitated Kamal Hassan, MGR and Sivaji Ganeshan, was a huge hit. The film-makers wanted Rajni to imitate Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. However, Rajni refused to spoof Bachchan, saying that he would not like to imitate someone as great as the superstar. It is a well-known fact that both Bachchan and Rajni run a mutual admiration society.

Adds the source, So, Shankar had no option but to replace Amitabh Bachchan with Shammi Kapoor. Now Rajni’s song will have him trying to woo Shreya by mimicking Dev saab, SRK and Shammi Kapoor.
The music of the film is by A R Rahman, and it will be released by the end of this year.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Box office flash 32: Sivaji's Thundering run & some facts behind it!


Movies released after Sivaji couldn't even able to make the parking and canteen collections of Sivaji. (This was a joke once Sivaji released. But it has turned true now. One of my friend who is working in a theatre told me this)

Fact 1 : All the movie-going population has seen Sivaji in its first 20 days itself - thereby creating record.

Fact2: Most of the family audiences has seen Sivaji in the next 20 days with their kith and kin.

Those who rarely come to theatre and also senior citizens who are above 75 - who never come outside of their home has seen Sivaji in the next 20 days. (One of my friend reported me that in Bangalore PVR cinemas he saw many senior citizens in wheel chairs who came to watch Sivaji)

Fact 4:
Meantime, all of the college students with their friends also have seen Sivaji in the first three weeks.

Fact 5: Frankly speaking there is no one to watch Sivaji now - bcos all have seen the movie already. Now the movie is purely running on repeat audience. If AVM does something innovatively in ads and promos - these repeat audience would increase to a large extent.

If somebody / or a recognised agency / government body takes a survey to find out the following - the results would be stunning.

1) How many people have watched Sivaji so far in Tamil Nadu alone and in Chennai ?

2) How many people have seen Sivaji more than one time?

3) The average percentage of repeat audience in theatres per show all over TN after

4) Number of times you go to watch a movie in theatre per year

5) Last time you took your family to watch a movie in theatre?

6) Last time you bought an audio cd / cassette?

13 crores in Chennai alone

And look at this article from Thatstamil. It says in Chennai alone the collection has doubled its cost - (Cost Rs.6.5 crores - collections so far - 13 crores) This amount is official amount. Think abt the other.....

Got double the investment

And it also says that the distributors and exhibitors have realized almost double the amount they invested in the film.

Shankar gets real boost

The article also says that it is a real boost for Shankar after floppy 'Boys' and average 'Anniyan.'

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MADURAI - Will Sivaji see 100 Days run in all theatres?

Dear Friends,

As reported earlier, In Madurai City, Sivaji got released in 6
theatres and still running in all theatres (Regular shows). I was
expecting to see 100 Days celebration in all these 6 theatres.

But, Some days back I heard that SIVAJ film will be replaced with
Marudhamali in a theatre called VETRI (Earlier MADHU). This is one
of very good theatre among SIVAJI released in Madurai. After this
theatre got renovated some one year back, All OSCAR Produced /
distributed Films released in this theatre only. Since Maruthamalai
is OSCAR's film, i too feel more chance for SIVAJ get removed from
this theatre. To have more confirmation, on Last friday Night (31st
Aug 2007) i went to this theatre to see SIVAJI again and enquired
theatre staff who all said that Marudhamalai is going to be
released. During interval they showed Trailer also, and in Still
were dispalyed inside the theatre as "COMING SOON".


Yesterday, the whole city decorated with 85 Days Poster of SIVAJI as
running in all 6 theatres. So, I started gettting confusion, as in
case maruthamlai coming tomorrow (85th Day of SIVAJI), Why they
added VETRI Theatre Name in the 85th Day Poster.

To my surprise, till today MARUTHAMALI posters not pasted in the
city. In today's advertisment in News Papers for MARUTHAMALAI, they
have showed only two theatre name (Both are complex where sivaji
still running) and for other one theatre just put question mark (?)..

As MARUTHAMALAI releasing tomorrow, I (We) come whether releasing in
VETRI theatre or not.


I will inform you tomorrow morning whether my WISHES ruled out or

Thanks and Regards

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sivaji: Heading for first century - Galatta

Sivaji: Heading for first century Sivaji, the film that has broken all box-office records in the Tamil film industry, is confidently striding towards the 100-day mark. It is still drawing huge audiences, so if you plan to see it during the weekend, you are advised to get your advance booking first.
Released simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu in over 800 theatres worldwide, it is reported to be the costliest Indian film made till date and the producers are laughing their way to the bank. It is now being dubbed in Hindi, with some additional scenes being shot and added to the film to give it that Hindi 'bhel puri' flavour.
It had dream runs in Malaysia, Singapore, US, the Gulf and wherever it is screened. There are plans to dub it in Chinese and Japanese too. Though the film had its share of delays and controversies, they are but bad memories now.
Jaya Rajadevan, an assistant director in Sivaji, approached a civil court to stop its screening on charges of plagiarism, saying he wrote the story and discussed it with Shankar's manager in 2005. However, the screening of the movie was not stopped.
M. Satyamoorthy sought a ban on its screening (and an astronomical amount in damages) in another court claiming it defamed the Congress party and its dignitaries because the villain had their photos with himself, hinting and implying that they are also villains by association.
However, this complaint was also rejected. Incidentally, the judge's comments are quotable. He said that when everybody has already seen the film, no useful purpose can be served by banning it.
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