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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2422

Sri Lankan born producer edged out of Rs.150 crore Rajanikanth’s mega film 'Endhiran'

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan

Chennai, 26 December, (Asiantribune.com): Film Director Shankar’s mega-budget science fiction movie, Endhiran, starring Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai, has now moved to Kalanithi Maran controlled Sun Pictures, leaving in the cold the original Sri Lankan born film producer C. Karunamoorthy of London based Ayngaran International. Endhiran- The stills are rocking Chennai city all over and Endhiran is the talk of the town now in Tamil Nadu .Endhiran- The stills are rocking Chennai city all over and Endhiran is the talk of the town now in Tamil Nadu .

After edging out Sri Lankan born C. Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International as the main producer of the film Endhiran, Rajni expressed his consent to work with Sun Pictures and a formal announcement was made on Wednesday, 17 December 2008. The film will simultaneously be made in Hindi and also in Telugu.

According to Kalanithi Maran, ‘This is a big moment for Sun Pictures as we feel this is going to be India’s biggest film. We are very happy and proud to be associated with Superstar Rajnikanth, Shankar and A R Rahman. With this Sun Pictures shall scale greater heights internationally.’

Rajnikanth said, “This is India’s biggest movie and I am very happy to work with Sun Pictures and Kalanithi Maran.”

Shankar said, “I am proud to be associated with Sun Pictures and join hands with Kalanithi Maran. Working with superstar Rajinikanth is a pleasure.”

The stills are rocking Chennai city all over and Robot is the talk of the town now in Tamilnadu !

Earlier, Eros International which initially planned to produce the movie along with Ayngaran International wanted to scale down the originally planned Indian Rs 150 crore budget, owing to the phenomenal global recession.

The shooting of the film started two months and something like 30 percent of the shooting is said to have been already completed.

Shankar was not ready to compromise on the scale of his dream project as it would affect the grandeur of the movie. It is said that Sun Pictures had shown an interest in the movie and discussions were held with the director and Rajani.

Official announcement for the magical Shankar – Rajani – Rahman venture was made in January 2008. Endhiran was initially christened Robot.

Robot had all the winning ingredients – Shankar spinning the story and screenplay, AR Rahman scoring music and Sabu Cyril as art director.

Aishwarya Rai Bachan became the highest ever paid Indian actress in any language by becoming the heroine of Endiran. Her salary totals to a whopping Rs. 6 crores.

Many hollywood technicians who worked in hi-fi movies like Jurassic Park are involved in Robot to give the fine touch for the visual effects (VFX) of the movie. The movie is expected to be of highly technical subject touching lives of a common man in day to day life as the name suggests.

The cameras started rolling for Robot, renamed Endhiran, from 8th Sep 2008, number 8 being lucky for Shankar, at USA, with Rajini ready for the shoot in the film. All leading newspapers carried the news with a unique still of Rajini in the Robot get-up.

The stills are rocking Chennai city all over and Robot is the talk of the town now in Tamil Nadu .

- Asian Tribune -

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