Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Coming Soon - Sivaji

It shouldn't come as any surprise that this is a 'Coming Soon' post I've been waiting to write for the last 2 years. I've been counting the days ever since the movie was announced and after the long wait and false starts, it is now certain that the BOSS will arrive June 15 (June 14 if you are in the US!). To be honest, there's not much more I can write about the movie that hasn't been written earlier, either on this blog or elsewhere. So everything in this post will probably sound repetitive but that's not gonna stop me :-)

Everything about Sivaji is big. Pick any aspect of the movie at random and chances are that you will have a superlative associated with it. For starters, the movie stars Rajnikanth, Tamil cinema's biggest star. Shrugging off the Baba debacle, he has just delivered Tamil cinema's biggest hit ever in Chandramukhi and his stock is at an all-time high. His renumeration for Sivaji is rumoured to have made him the highest-paid actor in India and the second-highest paid actor in Asia after only Jackie Chan. Its been more than 2 years since Chandramukhi reached theaters and so his arrival is eagerly anticipated.

With only a movie every two years, it is a given that any Rajni movie is big. But what makes this one bigger than all his recent movies is the fact that he is teaming up with Shankar, arguably Tamil cinema's most successful director(atleast commercially) right now. Like Rajni, he recovered nicely from the critical and commercial flop Boys to deliver one of the biggest hits of his career in Anniyan. For some time now, Rajni has been working with middle-rung directors who had no individuality or special touch and so, could easily adapt to making a movie that fit Rajni's larger-than-life image. For the first time since Thalapathi, he has joined hands with a director who has made a name for himself and has developed his own style and so expectations are naturally sky-high.

Joining the two is A.R.Rahman, easily India's most popular music director. Shankar is one of the directors for whom Rahman has consistently delivered some of his best work and he has risen to the challenge once again, delivering an eclectic soundtrack that did the tough job of satisfying Rajni fans as well as Rahman fans. As expected, the album is a huge hit and primed the expectations for the film.

Shankar's films are expensive and so a producer with deep pockets is necessary to ensure that the film doesn't run into any issues. He had no such worries this time around with AVM as the production company. AVM has had a long and mutually beneficial association with Rajnikanth with hits like Murattu Kaalai, Pokkiri Raja and Nallavanukku Nallavan filling their coffers as well as helping Rajni in his ascent to the position of box-office king. He is back with the respected production company after a long gap and the movie has had a smooth flow without any of the hiccups that other big movies like Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu had.

A team like the above will make sure that they work only with the best talent around and a look at the rest of Sivaji's crew confirms that. Dialogs are by Sujatha, who has delivered some memorable dialogs for Shankar's previous films. Cinematography is by National award winner K.V.Anand and set design is by Thotta Tharani. Peter Hein is responsible for the stunts, a crucial part of Shankar's masala films and editing is by Anthony, who has done a terrific job in putting together the trailer.

Shreya is Rajni's heroine in the film. She was incredibly lucky to get the role inspite of having had a not-too-spectacular debut in Mazhai and if her upcoming films are any indication, she seems poised to reap the windfall from this incredible stroke of luck. Vivek, who was hilarious in Anniyan, is once again playing the comedian. Suman, who has acted in a few Tamil films long ago but had a much more successful career in Telugu after that, is the bad guy. Manivannan and Vadivukkarasi are apparently playing Rajni's parents while Raja, who is a regular on the pattimandrams telecast on festival days, is acting as Shreya's father.

With only 2 more days to go, the long, agonizing wait is finally coming to an end. Now its upto Rajni and Shankar to ensure that the year's biggest movie also ends up being its most entertaining...


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enna sir..neenga 14th or 15th?? 14th tickets was not not even open for those who mailed tamilcinemas.com. I was offered 11.15 PM show..but decided to go for friday 8 PM shows with more friends. More the merrier illai :)

I think $16 is definitely paisa vasool and i cant wait to watch thalaivar after a long gap.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Rajesh Thiagarajan said...


You people(in the US) are the lucky lot.

I live in Adelaide and the movie is going to be screened here only on the 30th of June. And, for the first time ever there will be 4 shows(the most was 2 shows of chandramukhi and VV). This is not too bad because even in Coimbatore I would have got the tickets only around 15 days after the release(considering the demand for tickets back home).

On the other hand I envy you guys who will get to watch thalaivar sooner than me.

I have decided not to see any news about sivaji and not to see your review after the release until I watch it myself.

Have fun.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Write Up...

At 12:53 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

In Malayisa, it will be screening on the 14th evening itself. hope can get the tickets or else have to go for Friday evening show. Lets all get ready to welcome the BOSS!

At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Rajesh

I live in Auckland and we are having 1 show on Fri (15th) and three shows/day on 16th and 17th.

With Oz having a big Tamil population than NZ, I thought Sivaji would have been screened on 15th. mmmm...surprising!


At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely Sivaji wud rock.

Have a look at our new ambassador for marie biskut http://im.sify.com/sifycmsimg/jun2007/Entertainment/Movies/Tamil/14464156_machaa04.jpg

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have a look at our new ambassador for marie biskut"

Looks kinda lame :)

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Finally The Day all Thalaivar fans have been waiting for close to years is just a dawn away. But like you said Balaji, there is nothing really to write about the movie after it has been discussed threadbare in MSM and blogging circles alike. Let us get ready to welcome The Boss

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the new trailers at kollywoodtoday.com


Sega Fightaaa.......

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB, a well-written post that conveyed your enthusiasm for the movie very well...

Its going to be a few weeks before I watch the movie coz 'she' and I have decided that Shivaji will be our first movie together...so, BB, remember u saying that "mozhi" would've been a great first movie for a couple...ipo "Sivaji" poidrom...even better, eh?!

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you seeing the movie on the 14th Balaji??!! (wink wink)


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will be watching the first day first show on Thursday eve at SJ..yippeeeee :) We're going as a huuuuuuuge gumbal to keep the euphoria going while watching, which kicks up the movie watching experience by a couple of notches. For Chandramukhi, someone even brot a Thavil to kick start the movie! Half of us were sitting down in the aisle dancing and cheering crazily. To think that there will be a bigger repeat ofthat tommm....aaha, the madness begins....!

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like it is already a "hit" based on just the advance booking. I guess just the announcement that Shankar and Rajni were coming together last year, guaranteed full house the first 2 weeks.Also in the future, anytime Shankar is in a position where he needs to make a few quick bucks, all he has to do is announce a big film with a star, be it Vikram or Surya or Kamal or Arya or whoever it is. He can think about the story later on :-)

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah young love ram ;) Before my wedding, me decided that RDB will be my first movie with him...The reviews were so good that both of us cldnt wait. He sneaked RDB in Naz 8 at that time and i sneaked it in Boston. We pretended like we didnt watch it before when we watched it together and later the bubble burst when madhavan died when we spontaneously burst out the next half of the story. :) :) But that was romantic too in its own weird way:)

BTW...Unga choice shivaji as first movie...adikka mudiyadhu ponga. :)

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Tough luck for me dude!

Tampa, FL is screening only on 22nd June! bad thing is whole of florida, tampa is showing first!


At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...





At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Found in a Telugu site..

In short, Rajnikanth is a rich NRI. He comes to India and takes up social service by giving free education to the poor. He wages war on the concept of donations in colleges. He lands in problems because of that. How he fights and helps the talented is the subject. Shankar's treatment makes this a delightful and wonderful experience.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...


can't wait to watch Sivaji this weekend, which show are you guys going to?

More after The Boss Strikes...

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bubble burst when madhavan died when we spontaneously burst out the next half of the story. :)

--> that was hilarious! i should make sure that i dont start clapping b4 a punchline in case i sneak in...!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Villain said...

well as a super junior`s request (i am from srm too..) dont post the review for a week... please.

it comes out only on 22nd in austin.


At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As reported in behindwoods:

"Meanwhile Rajnikanth's fans in Thirupparan Kunram have appealed to the Almighty for the success of Sivaji by eating food directly from the sand (man soru) and also by conducting various types of prayers for the film to run for twenty five weeks and more."

Utter madness...

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the Rajini intro scene in Sivaji - We will have a typical thalaivar buildup and will be fooled and end up seeing Vivek who will in turn say "Itha duplicate, athaan original, akkada choodu!", Camera pans to Rajini!
What say Balaji?

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is all the data you'll need to plan your sivaji activities (blogs, video clips, flickr, news feeds, show timings etc)



At 10:50 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vidhya, it looks like tickets for the preview shows were offered to people in order of registration. I'm guessing many people booked tickets in bulk and thats why u didnt get email about the 8pm shows...

rajesh, thats surprising. i always thot australia had a large # of tamils. but good luck on not reading anything about the movie for a week. will be surprised if u manage to carry that off :)

anon, thanx :)

skanda, u always manage to c tamil movie b4 me. lets c if u do that for this mega movie :)

filbert, yep, can barely contain the excitement. btw, no news about it on ur blog?? which show r u going to??

prin, will wait for the movie b4 seeing any more trailers :)

ram, if i was u, i'm sure i would've sneaked in to the movie the way vidhya did :) would've loved to c u make this deal for 'dasavatharam' and see if u manage to stick to it :)

San, good question :)

shwetha, have fun :)

vijay, that was a given. it has already made 1.7cr just in chennai. question is just how big a hit its gonna be :)

karthik, such a big state and u've to wait for a week?! glad i'm in the bay area :)

anon, do check tamilcinemas.com for theaters and timings :)

mitr, have u booked ur tickets already?

villain, no promises :)

anon, always knew there were quite a few fanatics among his fan base :)

arun, good imagination :)

At 11:01 PM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Balaji, i will be watching "sivaji" tonight! manage to get the tickets already. the tickets were more expensive but i dunt mind.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi...any idea when will it be releasing in Japan....I am missing it here :(

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi...any idea when will it be releasing in Japan....I am missing it here :(

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi...any idea when will it be releasing in Japan....I am missing it here :(

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would've loved to c u make this deal for 'dasavatharam' and see if u manage to stick to it :)

--> good one...i would've still not seen it...(u see, she mite be reading this...so, better safe than sorry!)

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

padam partha udane, review potrunga!!!!!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I watched sivaji on sunday at atlanta and a big surprise was awaiting for me. Is this really a shankar movie. what a crap. Poor direction and screen play but i would say rajini did his part well. Overall it can be said that Sivaji is the most awaited and the most disastrous movie of the year 2007.

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