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SUPER STAR RAJINIKANTH FILM
SHIVAJI - THE BOSS.
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Music: A R Rahman Singers: Blaaze, Suresh Peters, Chinmayi, Udit Narayan, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, S P Balasubramaniam, Rehanah Benny, Rags, Tanvi, Vijay Jesudas, Gomathi Sri, Madhusree, Naresh Iyer, Raqueeb Alam.

1. (00:06:09) Balleilakka

2. (00:05:50) Vaaji Vaaji

3. (00:05:21) Sahana

4. (00:05:48) Athiradee

5. (00:05:13) Style

6. (00:04:33) Sahara

7. (00:03:20) The Boss
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The storyline of AVM's Rajini starrer "Shivaji" is at least out after months of speculation. The puja for the new project was performed last month. It is gathered that Rajini is to play multiple roles - at least seven in the film. The theme is about higher education and how it has been commercialised by interested parties, making it unaffordable for many. Director Shanker had already touched on this subject in 'Gentleman' which was a run-away success, and this time in "Shivaji", the subject will be gone into deeply with high=profile Rajini playing the central role with his wellknown aplomb and characteristic style. What inspired Shankar is said to be a recent real-life incident in which a former MP was done to death in a southern district of Tamil Nadu at the instance of an engineering college owner out of rivalry.

In "Shivaji", Rajini returns from abroad with the objective of establishing a college where he intends providing higher education charging the same fees as in government-run colleges do without capitation fees. He gets the backing of the State machinery in his venture. But the vested interests and the lobby controlling higher education are up in arms against Rajini and waiting to strike at him. In the meantime, the elections come and the ministry is voted out. With the new ministry being formed, anti-Rajini lobby becomes very active and makes things difficult for Rajini. With the result, the college project gets delayed and Rajini faces several hardships. He abandons the idea of taking legal steps and adopts his own methods to fight the lobby and he ultimately succeeds.

It is learned that director Shanker himself drew the outline of the story to his 20-odd assistants, whom he has selected through an advertisement. The response to the ad was overwhelming and as many as 2000 applications were received. Shankar selected 20 of them after he heard from them, their depiction of the finish of the story. A leading Mumbai-based portfolio photographer has shot the promos and publicity stills with Rajini and Shriya at a special set constructed at a Mumbai studio. The teasers and promos are expected to be released in due course. Meanwhile, it is reported that Rajini has directed his "Thalapathi" Satyanarayana not to participate in any functions of his fans till the State Assembly elections scheduled for May next year, are over in order to avoid unnecessary political controversies.

This Rajini's directive has come as a damper to his multitude of fans who are planning to celebrate the actor's birthday on Dec.12 with great fanfare all over the State. The fans wanted to utilise the occasion also to give a boost to the making of "Shivaji" .


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Rajini has clean-shaved his head for an important climax scene in Sivaji the bosss. I don't remember if Rajini as acted like this before. But if scenes or stills like this appear in this movie, definitely no one will be able to control the enjoyment of the crowd in the theaters!


Budget for Shivaji

While Rajini's movies are always meant to be flamboyant costing close to 40 crores, Kamal's movies are nothing far behind. Kamal's Dasavatharam is expected to touch a 35 crore budget mark owing to its added attractions like Himesh Reshmmiya, Mallika Sherawat, and Kamal himself in 10 different roles.

Out of Sivaji's budget, Rajini takes home close to 20 crore which is more than just half of the budget. Next comes Shankar with a paycheck of 3 crores. Rahman's paycheck is two crores and the heroine Shreya is paid 30 lakhs. Other expenses like special effects, technicians' wages, outdoor shooting expenses especially in locations outside India contribute to the rest of the budget.

Luckily, and to the benefit of the producer, Rajini's movies have a minimum guarantee all over the world. His flicks will be sold at a minimum of 30 lakhs per print, which almost covers up the entire budget that was spent on the moviemaking.

If that is not enough, the movies promisingly make a huge profit almost all the time. In rare instances as in case of Baba, if the movie fails to make profits, Rajini calls on the distributors and disburses the loss incurred thereby equating the earning and the expenditure.

http://www.rajinikanth.com/reviews/shivaji.htm
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Big bucks, big movie: Tickets for the first fortnight have been already sold out in several theatres in Chennai for the AVM Production's mega budget movie 'Sivaji', set to release this weekend.

The film, starring Rajnikanth, has created huge expectations among movie buffs, particularly among the superstar's fans.

For Rajinikanth, Sivaji is his 9th movie with AVM Productions and for director Shankar, known for making big budget films, this is his 9th movie in his directional career.
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Of co-incidence: Incidentally Rajinikanth's lucky number is also 9 and the superstar hopes this movie will bring great success.

The Rs 50 crore venture bears the name of the legendary star Shivaji Ganesan who started his career in Tamil cinema through the movie Parasakthi.

Another happenstance is that Rajinikanth's real name is Sivaji Rao.
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Ash, Ayesha, Rani offered roles? Other stars in the movie include Vivek, Prakashraj, Raghuvaran.

Shriya will play the female lead role. Apparently, names of leading Bollywood ladies including Aishwarya Rai, Ayesha Takia and Rani Mukherjee were initially proposed for the said role.

South Indian actor Sandya has lent her voice to Shriya in the film, which will also have an item number by Nayantara.
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The plot

Rajinikanth (Sivaji) plays the role of a business tycoon. Telugu star Suman plays his manager who conspires against Sivaji, ruins his business and ensures Sivaji is jailed.

It is learnt that Mohan Lal, Amitabh Bachchan, Nana Patekar and even Sathyaraj were offered the negative role that was eventually played by Suman.

As the plot unfolds, Sivaji, with the help of Vivek and Shriya (Tamizh), hires a reputed criminal lawyer (played by Raghuvaran) and gets bail.
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Once out of jail Sivaji seeks revenge on those who had been responsible for his plight.

He is shown to have learnt more about life after his jail term and emerges as an improved human being.

He now devotes his attention to pursuits more charitable and helps those in need.

In the end, with the help of his able lawyer, he regains his lost property and business.
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Behind the scene: Sivaji will be dubbed in Telugu, the rights for which have been handed over to the producer Bellam Konda Suresh for a whopping Rs 14 crores! This does not include audio and satellite rights.

Rajini is understood to have sung a song in this movie, which, incidentally, is his second attempt of playback singing. The music for this movie has been scored by AR Rahman and lyrics penned by Vairamuthu.

Art direction has been handled by Thotta Tharani, stunts by Peter Haynes, costume designing by Manish Malhotra and dialogues by Sujatha.

source - Dnaindia dot com.
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