AVM’s Rajnikanth magnum opus Sivaji, directed by Shankar, the showman of south is in post production status. The entire talkie and the song sequences of the film are complete, with the last portion over in New York last week (see pic).
The film took 14 months for its shoot, the highest number of days ever for a Rajnikanth film. And the rumour mill has it that nearly Rs 40 Crore has been spent so far, making it one of the costliest films ever made in India!
After completing the New York shoot Rajnikanth went straight for a thanks giving to Lord Venketaswara of Tirupati. Remember that he had also gone before the shooting commenced to get the blessing of Tirupati Balaji his favourite deity?
After praying at the temple he made his first official comment about the film. He said — “ Sivaji is going to be awesome, atleast 100 times bigger and better than my favourite film Baasha.” Rajni is one actor who never hypes his films, but after seeing the rushes of the first half during his dubbing he was bowled over by Shankar’s work!
The elusive Shankar is still trying to keep all post production work of the film as a top secret. Shankar is said to have preferred the expensive but state-of-the- art Kodak Cinelabs Mumbai, which is the most recent of Kodak’s network of processing laboratories. The DI work of all top Bollywood films are done here and the clarity shows on the big screen.
So Sivaji is definitely going to be the big budget bonanza of the year.