June 11: As the much-awaited Tamil movie Sivaji is set to be released on 15 th of this month, the tickets for the first two weeks have already been sold at many theatres in south and central India. This jumbo pack, under the banner AVM Production's and starring Tamil superstar Rajnikanth in the lead, has been produced with an estimated budget of 80 crore, one of the most expensive movies made in the country so far.
Associated with this film are three big names if Indian film industry - actor Rajnikanth, director S.Shankar, and world famous music director A.R.Rahman. The trio is expected to create magic as the film hits the box office and recreate history.
Apart from Rajni, the starcast also include actress Shriya Saran, and excellent Tamil actors like Vivek, Prakash Raj and Suman. The movie portrays various roles and the character of its lead actor, Rajnikanth, who happens to be a lover, comedian, an action hero and a reformer.
The 'Rajni-Shankar-Rahman' combination took almost 19 months to mature and the movie, as it is hoped, will drag cinema lovers all across the country. Sivaji will also try to bring back the magic of Rajni. His fans, love and respect for him especially in south India has made him no less than a demigod. South or north, movie buffs like to watch him for his unique style of acting, which reserves a place for him in the film industry; not only in Tamil but in Bollywood also.
The name of the film Shivaji represents the original name of Rajni as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. Even a book has been written on his life history and journey from Shivaji Gaikwad – a bus conductor to Rajnikanth the super star. The book named Rajni - Vichatra, Vishashta, Vikshipta, written by Mahesh Dev Shetty, was launched in Bangalore on Sunday and in all four south Indian languages.
Shivaji will be released worldwide including Malaysia, Canada, Europe, Australia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Keeping in mind its popularity the Tamil Nadu government has decided to make it tax-free. Some channels have already released trailers and promos of the film.
Other than the story and acting, the film has the golden touch of A.R.Rehman. Rehman has composed the music and some delightful tunes have started catching the lips of Tamil movie fans.
Shivaji is being promoted on every medium, from internet, mobile phones, television and banners across the country. Will it be able to create history like Rajni’s previous film Chandramukhi, which still runs successfully in many theatres? Let us wait for the box office report and the results of this big bonanza.
AS CHANDAN BALAJISeptember 17, 2007 at 12:00 AM