Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Kuselan Update

[Pic Courtesy - onlysuperstar.blogspot.com]

Pretty much the only compliment that can be given to director P.Vasu is that he wraps up his films pretty quickly. That's the only part of him being Kuselan's director that gives me atleast a little joy since the movie seems to be progressing pretty fast and seems all set to hit screens as early as August. The above picture is from the shooting of the film's climax in a school in Udumalai. Nice to see thalaivar once again looking young and stylish in his favorite white-and-white dress.

Considering the long wait we had for Sivaji and the upcoming guaranteed wait for Robot, it'll be nice to see thalaivar on the big screen in 2008 and Vasu will make sure that happens. With Kuselan this year, Sultan in 2009 and Robot in 2010(I'll be amazed if it makes it to theaters before then, considering Shankar's leisurely pace of film-making), we're looking at three thalaivar movies in the next 3 years. Its been a long time since we had this kind of situation.

The rights for Kuselan were recently snapped up by Pyramid Samira for Rs. 60 crores. Even considering Sivaji's stupendous success, that's an amazing number. For one, Rajni is just playing a guest role here. Sure its going to be much bigger than Mammootty's role was in the original but its still a guest role in what is definitely not a 'Rajni film'. Also, the film's reach in the Kerala and Hindi markets may not be that strong since the original, Katha Parayumbol, was a blockbuster in Kerala and a Hindi remake, Billo Barber, is currently being made by Priyadarshan, with Shah Rukh Khan playing Rajni's role and Irfan Khan reprising Pasupathi's role. Considering these factors, the price tag for Kuselan simply indicates the value of 'Brand Rajni' after Sivaji. I guess Kuselan has made KB a Kuberan!

The cast of Kuselan seems to be expanding each day. It's already known that Nayanthara is paired with Rajni while Meena plays Pasupathi's wife. Prabhu, Vadivelu, Kushboo and Sneha are also said to be in the cast. Mamta Mohandas, who was the heroine in Sivappadhigaaram, is the latest addition to the film. According to Mamta, Kuselan is the name of Rajni's film inside the film and she plays its director. She also has a fast song with him. But most intriguing was her statement that she has a combination scene with Rajni and another superstar and that the star will play a cameo and come towards the end of the film. Considering that it is KB's production, her comment has me wondering if it could be Kamal. What a casting coup that would be!


At 9:14 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...


Nice update on Kuselan's latest. Can't wait to catch it at the end of this year. LoL-ed at the first line- Vasu's only compliment of finishing his films quickly.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Balaji, the only concern I had for Kuselan (other than the fact that Vasu is directing it) was about Thalaivar's looks!! After the amazing way he was showcased in Sivaji, we have to come to expect the same in Kuselan too and in that regard, I am totally satisfied. And that comment by Mamta Mohandas made me guessing too. But I read somewhere that Kamal is not doing that role. BTW, saw an email in Rajinifans that the movie is set for a July 18th release :)

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Ven Sharma said...

While I admit Rajini is helping KB out here, he is not as unselfish as he is made out to be. Look at Prakash Raj, the guy produced a whole movie and let his guru direct it.

Prakash Raj is my hero not superstar and not BadmaSri Kamal.

Having said all that SuperStar has stayed fit all these years.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sivaji released in 2007, so your projection makes it 4 thalaivar movies in 4 years.

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

After so many years of watching Rajini's movies my urge is :
Rajinikanth indha padathillavadhu
ozhunga Tamizh pesamaattaara ?
Being in the tamil film industry for more than 30 years Rajini's tamil fluency is very low compared to ARJUN , MURALI ,PRAKASHRAI who hail from Karnataka .
Hi ven sharma , It is PADMASRI not BADMASRI .
Kumar, Bangalore.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Ven Sharma said...

Thanks for correcting me Magesh Kumar.

It was meant to be a tounge in cheek remark.

Historically we have screwed up words like Padmasri, Padma, Mahesh , Puri etc.
So why start now and why poke at the superstar?
Thanks to Balaji I have made up my mind not too watch Kuruvi.

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi ven sharma ,

i didn't mean to hurt Rajini fan's .


At 8:26 AM, Blogger Ven Sharma said...

No big deal Kumar, I didnt mean to hurt anyone either. I just felt all Indian celebrities in general need to step up and contribute to charities more than they do now.

They need to take a cue from their hollywood counterparts.

Have a good day.

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji,view these:
Lol.In many cases,even the dialogues were copied as it is from Chatrapathi.Who should we blame?Dharani(His first hit Dhill is an utter copy of Gaath,no story in Dhool,Ghilli-remake of Okkadu)or Vijay?(Considering he blindly imitated Prabhas in some scenes,and he's not new to this,he's already done the same-immitating Mahesh in Pokkiri.)

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In SIVAJI , they spent crores of rupees to make a BLACK man WHITE (this is called BRAMMAANDAM in TamilNadu). Now they are making a ROBOT .

Here is the reason.

Why Newton Committed Suicide.....

Once, Newton came to India and watched a few Tamil movies that had his head spinning. He was convinced that all his logic and laws in physics were just a huge pile of junk and apologized for everything he had done.

In the movie of Rajanikanth, Newton was confused to such an extent that he went paranoid. Here are a few scenes

1) Rajanikanth has a Brain Tumor which, according to the doctors can't be cured and his death is imminent. In one of the fights, Rajanikanth is shot in the head. To everybody's surprise, the bullet passes through his ears taking away the tumor along with it and he is cured! Long Live Rajanikanth!

2) In another movie, Rajanikanth is confronted with 3 gangsters.
Rajanikanth has a gun but unfortunately only one bullet and a knife.

Guess, what he does?

He throws the knife at the middle gangster? & shoots the bullet towards the knife. The knife cuts the bullet into 2 pieces, which kills both the gangsters on each side of the middle gangster & the knife kills the middle one.

3) Rajanikanth is chased by a gangster. Rajanikanth has a revolver but no bullets in it. Guess, what he does. Nah? not even in your remotest imaginations.

He waits for the gangster to shoot. As soon as the gangster shoots, Rajanikanth opens the bullet compartment of his revolver and catches the bullet. Then, he closes the bullet compartment and fires his gun.
Bang... the gangster dies...

This was too much for our Newton to take! He was completely shaken and decided to go back. But he happened to see another movie for one last time, and thought that at least one movie would follow his theory of physics. The whole movie goes fine and Newton is happy that all in the world hasn't changed. Oops, not so fast!

The 'climax' finally arrives.
Rajanikanth gets to know that the villain is on the other side of a very high wall. So high that Rajanikanth can't jump even if he tries like one of those superman techniques that our heroes normally use. Rajanikanth has to desperately kill the villain because it's the climax.
( Newton dada is smiling since it is virtually impossible?)

Rajanikanth suddenly pulls two guns from his pockets. He throws one gun in the air and when the gun has reached above the height of the wall, he uses the second gun and shoots at the trigger of the first gun in air. The first gun fires off and the villain is dead.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger just mad said...

hey its really an update that mamta is there in this film ..

you gave me a slap - I thought I had all the information up to date about thalaivar's movie ..

there is a lot to know :( and :)

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another rubbish film by a rubbish actor who can't even speak proper Tamil.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger just mad said...

*Another rubbish film by a rubbish actor who can't even speak proper Tamil.*

-- that should not be said by some "anonymous" who don't even have the basic guts to post the reply with a proper blog-login name. ;)

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