Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sivaji Ragasiyangal

With a catchy title like that, Sun TV managed to conduct a half-hour interview with director Shankar on Tamil New Year's day. It was the only program I watched among Sun TV's special programs for that day but it gave us absolutely no new information about the movie! Shankar managed to deflect every question about the movie with a smoothness that only comes with practice and experience. Following are some comments he made about the movie:

"I will tell you the story and all details about it... the day after its release."

"Yes, the movie does have a message."

"Rajni has his usual styles. He also has some new styles that will make his fans happy."

"Lines from songs(Singam kooda jujubi dhaanda; sivaji vaayil jilebi dhaanda) could themselves be punch dialogs. But he has other punch dialogs also."

The photos shown in the background during the interview were the same photos that were officially released along with the audio, 2 weeks ago. But we did get a few glimpses from a couple of different shooting locations and so the program wasn't a complete waste.

IMO, those glimpses made it look like the movie will have a strong Mudhalvan influence. It has always been said that Shankar first wanted to make Mudhalvan with Rajni (Rajni said "No" because of the controversial theme). Wonder if he went ahead and made a Mudhalvan clone now that he finally got to work with Rajni!


At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, I've taped this "Sivaji Ragasiyangal" program and will probably catch it only later. What I did see was a program with Vikram and Trisha on location for a song shoot for "Bheema." I must say, despite the brutal pronounciation, (is that Madhusree?! God help us!) the song that ran in the background.. "Ragasiya Kanavugal Jal... Jal.. en thimahalai (thimirgalai, I presume!) thazhuvudhu.. sal.. sal" by Harris Jayaraj was indeed very catchy.. They even played another portion of the song by Hariharan.. very nice indeed.

More than anything, both Vikram and Trisha were a treat to watch and they were both in their spirits and Ananda Kannan played perfect foil to their antics. Ananda Kannan has really improved leaps and bounds interviewing people.. Kudos AK, keep it up!

The other thing about this particular program was the fact they played clips from other films (films that both Vikram and Trisha had nothing to do, but just only because they liked it or thought it was noteworthy from some reason!).

The two other programs that I have to comment here about was the special on "Inime Naangadhaan": Tamil Cinema's first 3D Animated feature. It was indeed awesome to look at. You should seen the speed at which lunch went into my daughter's system as she watched it. She was literally glued to the screen. A movie for my DVD collection for sure when it comes out.

Similarly, the Dhanush interview by Supriya (despite a few over ozhugals here and there!) with Comedian Santhanam joining them was hilarious as well. They nicely Ottu-fied Dhanush and it was fun to watch Dhanush getting cornered every time.

Overall, a much above average fare based on the few shows that I saw on TNY day... But of course, I would love to see a TNY special cooking show, a show on village customs/rituals during TNY day, a really nice carnatic music program that doesn't air at 4:30am :-(, and some new programming that speaks highly of Sun TV's 15th Anniversary at least in a few small ways.

At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


//The movie would be shot extensively in Afghanistan.//


At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sandya,in malaysia we had a tv show like what you wished for. a 1 1/2 hour stage show on all our traditional dances and songs. Puli dance,Kollatam,even Korathi dance. We did enjoy watching that when everything else has turned so modern. Nice to have the traditional feelings at times. =)


At 12:34 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

I wasn't surprised to see Shankar not letting a single new secret about Shivaji. I guess he mist have already been pissed about the music and photo leaks that had been happening until now.

I also have the same feeling about Shivaji storyline being a mix of Mudhalvan and Gentleman. I wish Rajini did Mudhalvan with Shankar in first place which would have made it his biggest hit ever and probably we also would get to a see a different story this time for Shivaji :)

At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in London, for a yet another TNY show - there was one called, Isai Puyal which was advertised about Rahman talking about his experiences in Sivaji. However there was basically minimal mention of Sivaji and complete mention of his international album, 'Pray for me Brother'. The rapper Blaaze also appeared in the interview. Key SIVAJI points, were that:

He is now in Scotland, recording the second leg of the background score after the first which was in Paraguay :S

He sed he had the choice of singing either Sahana or Athiradee.

He sed they recorded a series of punch dialogues into an audio as said by Rajini and it will be released in India after the movie.

He also sed Rajini rejected the oppurtunity to sing parts of 'The Boss'

*-* Anyway, as Venkat said Shankar's next film is titled, 'Robo', which was originally planned with Kamal in the lead. Either Shriya or Asin will star opposite him. Another source claims that Shankar will opt to use Rajiv Menon and Yuvan Shankar Raja instead of Manikandan and Rahman. Anyone know anything else?

At 6:56 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

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At 6:57 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...


The links to watch it again are available here

I too enjoyed the programme a lot.esp the clippings..

Thalaivar is always thalaivar :-)

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Vee Cee said...

wonder how the line 'sachin adichchaa sixer...sivaji adichchaa puncture...' will be accepted....after the World Cup fiasco.

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if he went ahead and made a Mudhalvan clone now that he finally got to work with Rajni!

--> I wouldnt be surprised at all, BB...all 'message based' (as they call it in Kodambakkam!) movies from Shankar have had a one-man army being the representative force of all the anger that we have against corrupt establishments - education authorities(gentleman), corrupt govt officials(indian), unscrupulous politicians (mudhalvan) and the all-encompassing-but-too-confusing killathon anniyan! but as with anniyan, he'll pack in lotsa gloss, humor and masala to make an entertaining movie...and with rajni, what more does the public need?

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I must be the only Rajni fan who is not looking forward to this movie at all... Some of the stills ar quite scary. *shudder*

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone here of this rumor that the sound engineer from the sivaji set died mysteriously after the 3 intial songs were released? it was rumored that this guy drowned in a swimming pool. and it avm cancelled the audio realease funtion that it had planned for after all this mess.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read in an India magazine that everyone in the Sivaji crew will be gifted a Sivaji watch by Thalaivar. he ordered about 100 watches from a famous watch company.what else they can ask for,eh? *thalaivar thalaivar thaan*


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