Sunday, September 23, 2007

Rajni Update

Sivaji - 100 Days!

[Pic Courtesy Rajinifans.com]

Thalaivar's Sivaji is a bonafide blockbuster and has completed 100 days in a record 102 theaters. A special 100th day show was screened in Fremont here in the Bay Area and yours truly celebrated the big day by attending it - marking my third viewing of the film (thre(e)peatu!) on the big screen.

Once again proving Rajni's popularity and the film's repeat viewability, the screening had a sizeable crowd - definitely more than most films garner on their first show on a Friday night! Hot and very tasty Mysore paakku welcomed the viewers before the show. During the intermission, a cake - with Sivaji - The Boss - 100th day written in icing - was cut and distributed in the lobby while on the screen, the San Jose preview show celebrations as well as a compilation of other release features were shown. Free audio CDs and posters of the film were also given away. So it was a small but fun celebration.

My feelings about the film in the third viewing pretty much echoed my thoughts during the second viewing a couple of months ago. I enjoyed the comedy in the first half and Rajni's style in the second. I've seen Oru Koodai Sunlight... and Adhiradikkaaran... like a zillion times on YouTube but the effect doesn't come close to seeing them on the big screen. And Mottai Boss rocks!

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Tirupathi Visit


[Pic Courtesy Rajinifans.com]

Rajni prayed at Tirupathi, no doubt thankful for the amazing success of Sivaji. He previously prayed at the temple 3 days before Sivaji released.

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Best Actor!

Rajni was recently awarded the Tamil Nadu State Best Actor award for 2005 for his performance in Chandramukhi. Chandramukhi also won the Best Film award and earned Jo the best actress award. Meanwhile, the film finally completed its theatrical run after 891 straight days - a record I'm sure will stand for a long, long time.

Lakalakalakalakalakalakalakaa!

8 Comments:

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Cool.. Balaji back again.
Summa adhirudhu illa :)
Sivaji count - only at 2. will need to have a darisanam again.
Chandramukhi - best actor - too much.. but thalaivarukkaga its fine.
Satham podathey disappointed. Haven't seen Ammu yet.
Now the next big thing is "Dasavatharam" and then "Bheema".
"Kandhasamy" invitation spend seems to be an overkill.. paakalam

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger skanda said...

"Shivaji" has run 100 days in Malaysia as well. A very rare feat as it is still showing in 3 screens. No tamil movie has ever run these long as far as i could remember.

bart, i agree with you over "kandasamy", there seems to be too much of unnecasary spending in the film. Also the film seems to have a "Anniyan" hangover on it!!

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

Looks like you guys had fun. Sivaji's 100th day was celebrated here in Seattle too. And guess what? The show was houseful with a good 30-40 folks having to go back home bcos of non-availability of tickets :) Even inside the theater, fans like me watched the movie standing just so that we could accommodate more people. It was a blast. We too had plans for laddoos to be given away but the efforts didn't materialize at the last minute. But the cake cutting was a nice one (may be, I should have spoken with you before the screening because we were scratching our heads on how to celebrate the special day)

It was simply unbelievable to see such a huge turn-out for a movie that was released for the 3rd time in Seattle. Thalaivar rocks, big time!!

 
At 7:47 PM, Anonymous ram said...

"summa adhurudhu ille" - california-la irundhundu apdi sonna, konjam kavalaiya iruku! nila nadukam jaasthi aachey! aana, richter scale-la vara quake-a vida rajni scale-la vara quake thaan adhigam pola iruku!
ensaay maadi...ensaay!

 
At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

891 straight days - is that some world record of some sort? Has any movie, in any part of the world in recent memory done that? This surely places Tamil movie goers on the pinnacle of movie watching!!!

Now brace yourselves for Sivaji to beat that!

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Balaji, (late) Welcome back!!

Neengaley unga nenjai thottu sollunga.. Rajini-kku best actor award.. konjam too-much-a theriyale ungalukkey?

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Sivajini said...

I don't know Balaji as much as I enjoyed the movie for no logical reason other than it being a Rajani movie, I thought it was unfair that the movie was released right before summer started. This to me still living the student lifestyle is very bad. It is in the summer I go to see movies and it is also around this time that I'm not bogged with school work. But there was not one movie that came out!

So as much as the century is great it was bad because it was practically a monopoly no other options. Other movie producers should take some risks! I actually have to say hats off to Kireedom for being the first.

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bart, thanx! and my thots r the same, whether on thalaivar's best actor award, 'satham podaathey' or the 'kandasamy' launch :)

filbert, wasn't sold out here :( the bad theater and the rain probably had something to do with that. the cake was all the organizer's ideas. me had nothing to contribute except the claps and catcalls :)

anon, i read on rediff some time back that DDLJ is still running at some theater. so probably not an indian record, let alone a world record :)

raju, nichayama too much dhan. therinja vishayam dhane... nammooru awards r very political and rarely reward true talent. but as bart said, thalaivarukkaga its fine :)

sivajini, am sure that wasnt planned. shankar's usual last-minute work probably led to it being released at the end of summer rather than at the beginning.

 

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