Saturday, April 7, 2007

Sivaji on the move

Sivaji: The Boss

Sivaji: The Boss

An early poster for the opening day of production
Directed by S. Shankar
Produced by M. S. Guhan
M. Saravanan
Written by Story: S. Shankar
Dialogue: Sujatha
Starring Rajinikanth
Shriya Saran
Prakash Raj
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography K. V. Anand
Editing by Anthony
Distributed by India: AVM Productions
Worldwide: Ayngaran
Release date(s) Soundtrack: April 2, 2007
Film: May 8, 2007
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 1 Billion Rupees
$23000000 [1]
Official website
IMDb profile

Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil: சிவாஜி) is a forthcoming magnum opus Tamil language film, directed by noted director, S. Shankar. It stars Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Prakash Raj, Vivek and Suman in the lead roles and Nayantara, Manivannan, Raghuvaran and Shankar himself in other pivotal roles. The movie upon release will be subsequently dubbed into the Telugu language and will be released with the same title. The film's score and soundtrack was written by acclaimed composer, A. R. Rahman. The film, prior to release, has given rise to great expectations due to the high-profile artists involved within its creation. At the present status of progress, the post-production was completed towards the end of March. The date set for release worldwide, after several postponements, is May 8, 2007 coinciding with the director's birthday.


After the release of the blockbuster, Kadhalan in 1994, directed by Shankar he answered when interviewed by Sun TV[2], that his official aim was to direct South India's two major actors, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Shankar's next film, Indian had Kamal Haasan in the lead role with Nedumudi Venu, Urmila Matondkar and Manisha Koirala in other roles. As expected the film became a blockbuster upon release and Rajinikanth laurelled praises upon Shankar, showing interest upon a future film with the director. Despite Rajinikanth's interest, he went on to make the Prashanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer Jeans, which also tasted huge success at box-offices[3].

Following Jeans, Shankar wrote a screenplay and a story suitable for a film, with Rajinikanth in the lead role. However, Rajinikanth rejected the film offer citing a lack of free call sheets as he was busy acting in K. S. Ravikumar's, Padayappa[4]. Shankar's film titled, Mudhalvan eventually went to Arjun Sarja and the film became yet another blockbuster for Shankar, who also produced the film himself under his personal banner, S Pictures. Rumours arose in late 2000 that Shankar's next film was set again to star Kamal Haasan with Preity Zinta, in a film tenatively titled, Robo[5]. However Shankar denied the rumours and went ahead with his other films, Boys and Anniyan both of which were successful, with the latter becoming a blockbuster. Post-Anniyan, which had Vikram in the lead, Shankar took a three-month break in preparation for his next project. Actors such as Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan and Vijay showed interest in acting under his direction but however he didn't rush into signing a film[6].

In October 2005, Tamil cinema's largest and oldest production house[7], AVM Productions, run by M. S. Guhan and M. Saravanan approached Shankar in making a film under their production house, Shankar accepted the offer, making the film, despite not having a cast as yet, as a largely anticipated film with the combination of the most respected production houses and a top director. Taking adventage of the huge budget, Tamil cinema's highest-paid actor[8], also dubbed as Superstar, Rajinikanth was signed for the project. Rajinikanth had just delivered the biggest blockbuster of Tamil film history, Chandramukhi[9] and had not signed up for his next film when the offer arrived. The title considered at this stage of production was Super Star but Rajinikanth claimed that he did not want to boast or show off his status in the cine field. The film ended up being named Sivaji. Rajinikanth was the stage name for Sivaji Rao Gaekwad[10] as named by K. Balachander but after finding success he is now totally in personal and external terms known as Rajinikanth. The title, Sivaji was named as of this and a tagline, The Boss was added to end of the title[11].


After the official announcement of the production company, the director and the lead actor, M. S. Guhan and Shankar began to select other members of the cast and the crew to be a part of the Sivaji team, Rajinikanth assisted in helping choose the other members. For his crew, Shankar picked his preferred technicians; with Sujatha as the dialogue writer, K. V. Anand as the cinematographer, Kanal Kannan as the stunt master, Thotta Tharani as the art director, Vairamuthu as the chief lyricist, Prabhu Deva as the choreographer, Anthony as the editor and J. D. Jerry of Pavithra fame, Balaji Sakthivel of Kaadhal fame, Hosimin of February 14 fame and Gandhi Krishna of Chellamae fame as the team of assistant directors. Also, despite receiving rave reviews for the music composing in Anniyan, Harris Jayaraj was dropped as the music director and Shankar's orthodox music composer, A. R. Rahman was chosen, creating great expectations for the project.

Prakash Raj was almost immediately selected to play a role in the film[12], after helping make Shankar's last project, Anniyan a success. The role of the comedian was tipped to go Vadivelu[13], after he received rave reviewns for his comic chemistry in Chandramukhi with Rajinikanth, but however, despite the reviews, Shankar's regular comedian, Vivek was selected therefore making it his third Shankar film in succession. Other reports claimed that popular Tamil actor, Srikanth[14] was to act as Rajinikanth's son-in-law in the project but soon the story was denied. The leading lady of the film's selection took longer than it was expected. Aishwarya Rai[15], who had been in contention to act in the last four movies of Rajinikanth, was finally expected to be selected as she had owed a favour in return to Shankar, who helped her deliver her first hit, as of Jeans. However she rejected the offer at the time citing a lack of dates and the clashing of her other films schedules, Guru, Provoked, Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2. Another Bollywood actress, Ayesha Takia[16], was also considered and approved by Rajinikanth, only to reject the film claiming she had problems with the Tamil language. Soon, another Bollywood actress, was approached for the film, Rani Mukherjee[17] but Shankar decided to reject her as she had asked for a huge amount of money for her salary. Other famous actresses such as Jyothika Saravanan[18]; who had acted as the female antagonist in Chandramukhi, Trisha Krishnan[19][20], Nayanthara[21] and Sneha[22] were considered but then rejected for the role of the heroine. In late 2005, Shankar and Rajinikanth announced officially that Shriya Saran had been selected to essay the role as Rajinikanth's love interest[23][24].

Shriya Saran was relatively new to Tamil cinema when she was selected for the role. Despite acting in over a dozen films in the Telugu language opposite big names such as Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu, Venkatesh and Akkineni Nagarjuna, she had only acted in two Tamil language films which were Ennaku 20 Unnaku 18, in which she played a supporting role and Mazhai opposite Jayam Ravi. Suprisingly, several television artistes were given other roles in the film. Shankar and his crew opted for Manivannan[25], M. S. Baskar, Livingston[26], Vadivukarasi[27], Pyramid Natarajan[28], Uma Padmanabhan, Pattimanram Raja[29], Vannakam Thamizhuzhagam Revathi[30], Solomon Pappayya[31], Muthukaalai[32][33], Nellai Siva[34], Bose Venkat[35] and M'Sia Prabhu to play roles. In February 2006, Kumudam magazine came out with a cast list, which included mimicry artists, Cochin Haneefa,

An early poster from December 2005 up in Chennai, indicating the start of the project's filming
An early poster from December 2005 up in Chennai, indicating the start of the project's filming

Chinni Jayanth[36] and Mayilswamy[37] as well as a list of guest appearances by crew members, Kannal Kannan, K. V. Anand[38], Thotta Tharani[39] and Shankar[40]. However, the role of the antagonist also took a while to confirm with Sathyaraj[41], Mohanlal[42], Sanjay Dutt[43] and Nana Patekar[44] being asked only to reject the offer citing a variety of causes. Finally news appeared that yesteryear actor, Suman[45][46], who had appeared with Rajinikanth as his brother in the blockbuster, Thee had been chosen.

Another key role of a lawyer played by a guest actor was given to Mohanlal, who opted out of the role soon. The offer was then given to Amitabh Bachchan[47], who demanded the shooting to be held within two days in Mumbai, so that he could avoid clashes of dates[48]. However, the unit couldn't respond to Bachchan's request and his role was cancelled, to be replaced by Raghuvaran[49], who had also played key roles in other Rajinikanth starrers. However other reports claim that Amitabh Bachchan is still in the cast[50], while so is Malyalam actor,Mammooty[51]. Another guest role was supposed to feature an actress in the form of an item number for the song, Ballelaika, a range of heroines were considered for the role including Sadha[52], Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala, Asin Thottumkal[53] and Nayanthara[54], however early reports claimed that Mallika Sherawat had already bagged the role and completed shoooting[55], but in September 2006, Shankar said the song was yet to be finished, with Asin Thottumkal and Nayanthara in contention for the role. Due to unknown reasons, Asin Thottumkal dropped out of contention and Nayanthara paired with Rajinikanth for the second successive time after their pairing in Chandramukhi[56]. But still like the lawyer role, reports still claim Mallika Sherawat is still a part of the magnum opus project[57].


Despite several setbacks during the announcement of the casts, the film began at the AVM Studios situated in Chennai, India on 28 November 2005[58]. The movie's launch, was a surprise event, with only key members of the cast and crew being called for attendance for the event. The lead pair, Rajinikanth and Shriya, a couple of supporting actors, Vivek and Prakash Raj, and members of the crew, Sujatha, Shankar, Prabhu Deva and Vairamuthu were invited by the producers, M. Saravanan and M. S. Guhan[59]. Setting high standards against possible piracy, Shankar announced that all the cast member's mobile phones would be confiscated during the shoots and only a handful of public viewers will be allowed at the shootings[60]. The movie began aiming for a release during Diwali 2006[61].

Official shooting began at the Ramoji Film City sets in Hyderabad[62], where the opening scenes were filmed picturizing Rajinikanth and Vivek at Shriya Saran's music store. Surprisingly, these images became the first publicized stills of the movie and were released to all major film websites[63]. News soon broke out that Pattimandram Raja would play the role of Shriya's fatherand Uma Padmanabhan would play the role of her mother[64]. Other early reports claimed that Rajinikanth would be playing seven roles in the project, to clash with Kamal Haasan's Dasavatharam, which was being shot simultaneously[65]. However since, the rumour has faded out. The film's dates for shooting at the Ramoji Film City were extended by two weeks, delaying Arjun Sarja's film, Vathiyar from having its booked shoot. This adjustment was taken out in order to film crucial climax scenes involving Rajinikanth and Prakash Raj and also to film a son lyrcised by Vairamuthu and choreographed by Prabhu Deva with over five hundred extras. Soon rumours arose that Vathiyar was a lift of Sivaji's tory and policed interrogations were held however, Vathiyar escaped unscathed[66]. In February 2006, the Sivaji team headed out to Bilbao, Spain to picturize the song titled, Style. However Prabhu Deva, the choreographer could not make the journey as he was busy directing in his directorial debut venture, Pokkiri. Replacing Prabhu Deva, was his brother, Raju Sundaram, who unlike Deva stopped directing his film, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram, and joined the crew only to be later sacked by the other film's producers[67].

Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran during the schedule in Bilbao, Spain picturizing the song entitled, Style

The location in Bilbao was chosen, to avoid major crowd hype and recordings which would have been vulnerable to the Indian public however disaster stroke, when major crowds surrounded the shoots. Within days several photographs and videos were placed and sold over the internet and to magazines, unveiling copyrighted material. Videos of a foreign dance troupe acting as back dancers to the song, Style and Rajinikanth practicing some movements were placed on YouTube[68][69] and images featuring Rajinikanth's hairstyles and costumes aswell as Shriya Saran's get-up and a rare image of her carrying a Spanish infant posing were placed on Flickr[70][71]. However these images of the cast, received a negative view from various media sources in Chennai as they made the song picturization seem rather silly. Eventually some of these scenes were removed from the film during its latter post-production works. To avoid further mishap, director Shankar passed a new rule that any member of the cast was not to talk about the film to any outside sources, with Manivannan being the first actor to escape from the media's questions without revealing any key news. Shankar also held a policy that either of the lead pair should not begin to act in another project as soon as they had signed a film with him. Despite all his previous heroines, Madhubala, Nagma, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Aishwarya Rai, Genelia D'Souza and Sadha following these rules, Rajinikanth personally asked Shankar to allow Shriya Saran to act with his son-in-law, Dhanush, whose career was at an all-time low, in his new film, Thiruvilayadal Arambam[72]. While simultaneously shooting in the two projects, Shriya famously but cheekily commented to the media that she was, romancing with the father-in-law in the mornings and romancing with the son-in-law in the evenings[73]. However despite Shankar allowing her to act opposite Dhanush she refused to let Shriya Saran act opposite other major actors such as Kamal Haasan in Dasavatharam[74] and Vijay in Pokkiri[75].

In August 2006, shooting took place in Binny Mills, in the outskirts of Chennai, attracting several visitors waiting outside the gates, due to Shankar's rules, he would only invite a couple of spectators to view per session, however due to a lack of security over three hundred civilians made their way into Binny Mills causing disruptions, spectator viewings were banned in Binny Mills till the shoot of the schedule there was over[76]. At Binny Mills, key fight sequences and a song was filmed, the sets were made to look like Venice in Italy[77]. However, Kannal Kannan left the project controversially citing differences with the director, he was eventually replaced by Peter Hein, a former member of Kannan's fight troupe[78]. In September 2006, Shankar announced that an actor would play a guest role as a lawyer in the film and Amitabh Bachchan was appraoched for the role. However Bachchan due to health reasons and schedule clashes refused to fly down to the AVM Studios in Chennai to the scenes. He requested that he could do the shooting in either Mumbai or Pune, which were closer to his home, and act in the film within two days. Despite reports that the shoots went ahead, other reports claimed that Raghuvaran replaced the role Amitabh Bachchan was set to play and completed the shooting[79].

Rajinikanth, with a new tonsured hair look, shoots the climax in Pune
Rajinikanth, with a new tonsured hair look, shoots the climax in Pune

In October 2006, the crew moved to Pune to finish off key scenes[80]. But again, disaster arose for the crew. Despite clear warnings of not to take photos or videos, the audience of Pune took images and videos which featured Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran and Vivek outside a bank which was set up as a hospital for the film[81]. Also in Pune, the climax was shot, in which Rajinikanth was spotted with a tonsured head sparking excitement. The Sivaji team then flew off to the United States of America, where they were awarded with special police protection to avoid piracy. Scenes which appear at the beginning of the film and a theme song was shot[82].It later appeared that another song sequence was set to be held in Japan, as Rajinikanth had a huge fan following there, but the idea eventually did not happen[83]. Various stages of filming carried on throughout the end of the year. In January, 2007, interviewed Shriya Saran, who revealed her role was called Tamizh and she appeared in punjabis and traditional Indian clothing throughout the film[84]. During the post-production, the dubbing of voices took place and as Shriya Saran was not a natural Tamil speaker, a dubbing artiste was to be selected. Shankar first zeroed in on Sandhya[85], another popular actress who was introduced under Shankar's production to dub for the lead female role however she was soon replaced by another actress, Kanika Subramaniam, who at the time was offer-less[86]. Recently as of March 2007, sources revealed that Rajinikanth for a song sequences dressed up as the thespians of Tamil cinema, M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, while for the simultaneous Telugu language dubbed version he dressed up as Nandamuri Taka Rama Rao and Chiranjeevi[87]. Despite releasing the audio as of April 2, 2007, a formal trailer from AVM or Shankar has yet to be released.

Publicity and Release

The film began its maiden schedule in late December 2005[88] after announcing its cast, hoping for a Diwali 2006 release[89]. Shortly after the initial announcement of the idea of a collaboration between Shankar and Rajinikanth in July 2006, the other legendary star of Tamil cinema, Kamal Haasan immediately announced that he was also set to began his magnum opus project soon in which he played in ten different roles, Dasavatharam, directed by K. S. Ravikumar[90]. The films announced their preliminary release dates upon Diwali 2006 and a major box-office battle was expected between those and some other high profile films such as the Vikram-Trisha Krishnan starrer -Bheema[91], the Vijay-Asin Thottumkal starrer Pokkiri[92] as well as the Silambarasan-Nayanthara starrer Vallavan[93]. A huge battle at the box-office was anticipated.

Despite several release date changes, the Sivaji vs Dasavatharam box-office clash could not be experienced

From early days, the film had been expected to rewrite records set by the previous Rajinikanth starrer Chandramukhi as it saw the combinations of all the biggest stars in Tamil cinema[94]. The production house AVM, owned by M. Saravanan and M. S. Guhan was the largest, oldest and most successful to date production house in Chennai[95]. Shankar, the director, had delivered eight back-to back blockbusters and had worked with all the major technicians in the industry[96]. The music director, A. R. Rahman was the biggest figure in India's music industry and had recently claimed international honours with his work in The Lord of the Rings Musical[97]. While as, Rajinikanth was undoubtedly Tamil cinema’s most prominent figure, earning him the prestigious title of Superstar. More anticipation arose when AVM announced that after the film he would overtake Jackie Chan as Asia’s most paid actor[98].

Early rumours claimed that Rajinikanth was set to portray seven roles in Sivaji to contest Kamal Haasan's Dasavatharam[99]. Other rumours called that as Dasavatharam had planned to have ten female leads opposite Kamal Haasan that Sivaji will have more than one heroine and an early list started listing up names which included, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee and Shriya Saran. AVM passed a rule that no technicians involved in Sivaji should be involved in Dasavatharam. This forced A. R. Rahman[100] and Shriya Saran[101] out of their respective roles in Dasavatharam. However soon, Dasavatharam was shelved temporarily to let Kamal Haasan finish off his other project, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu and K. S. Ravikumar finish off his, Varalaru, prompting a delay of the release dates by six months to April 14, the Tamil New Year[102]. However Shankar wanted the release date to clash with Dasavatharam so he also postponed the release date to April 14, becoming he first ever AVM produced film which took longer than expected[103]. But once again, Dasavatharam delayed their release date by four months due to some unfinished schedules. Sivaji preponed their release dates by two days to April 12, so that Sivaji could get a grander opening than the rest of the April 14 releases[104].

Sivaji's chances at the box-office were set to be hampered by the ICC Cricket World Cup and its usual overshadow of Indian civilians. However thanks to the Indian cricket team early demisal from the tournament, chances were played up again. However more recently, the film had been yet again delayed to May 17[105] to furnish and clear up post-production works but since it has been pushed forward by nine days to May 8[106] coinciding with director Shankar's birthday. Shankar previously told sources that he had to have the film release on its date as he considered the number '8' as a lucky number for him and as his previous film, Anniyan, which released in 2005, became a blockbuster after being released on May 8.


Sivaji: The Boss
Sivaji: The Boss cover
Studio album by A.R. Rahman
Released April 2, 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 36:10
Label AVM Music
Producer(s) A.R. Rahman
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Despite the excellent music reviews, Shankar received for Anniyan with Harris Jayaraj, AVM Productions and Rajinikanth demanded that India's top music director should be involved in the project, so A. R. Rahman was signed up as music director for Sivaji. Early, on speculations were high that the songs would be remarkable as A. R. Rahman was paid two Indian Crores for the project, making him the highest paid Indian music director.

Unofficial Versions

As Sivaji became a major anticipated project, several false information about the soundtrack of the film were announced to websites and magazines. Despite the fact, that early on during the project, Vairamuthu confirmed he had written a song called, Vaa..ji Vaa..ji Sivaji, no other major details about any other song was mentioned. Rumours went around that certain singers had sung in the project, including Rajinikanth. However on October 11, 2006, the source,, mentioned that they had received credible information that Sivaji contained seven songs, five of which were set to be in the audio, with the other two being situational songs. Surprisingly, they also mentioned the five songs which were in the album. Vaa...ji Vaa...ji Sivaji was mentioned to be the opening song of the film. They also reported that a philosophical song titled, Unpeyar Ennada was in the film, as per usual Rajinikanth films since Baba. Another song titled, Jee Boom Ba was mentioned as its picturization was to be filmed in either fireign locations or in Karnataka featuring the lead pair. A song called, Talla Dimi Takka Dimi Pucha.. was apparently supposed to contain Japanese lyrics and was set to be filmed in Japan, however the Sivaji crew did not travel to Japan for any purposes during the shoot. The final song mentioned was, Adaal Udan Pesadha Di... En Salangaiku Bhadil Solladi.. and it was mentioned as a remix from another film titled Vanjikottai Valiban, labelled this song was set to come in the climax. However none of these possible songs barring Vaa..ji Vaa..ji Sivaji were in the final audio cassette.

Before the official audio release on April 2, on March 22, 2007 there was a huge dilemma sparked over the illegal release of three premilinary tracks onto the internet. Songs titled, Vaa..ji Vaa..ji En Jeevan Nee Sivaji sung by Hariharan and Madhushree, Sahana Saaral Thoovudho sung by Udit Narayan and Sujatha and finally a song titled, Oru Koodai Sunlight rendered by Tanvi, Shaggy and Blaaze became available on the internet. However despite the uproar these songs caused, they were dismissed as scratchings for the picturization. Later the tracks were offiically released with Chinmayi instead of Sujatha, in Sahana and Suresh Peters added to the group of singers in Style (Oru Koodai Sunlight).

Official Version

The official audio of Sivaji released in India and overseas on 2nd April, 2006. Unlike, other major films, no pooja was held for the event and the audios hi the shops straight away. The original audio cassette cover had an image of four Rajinikanth's on its cover while as the CD version had an image of the lead pair on its cover. The first song in the album, is Balleilakka, which supposedly will feature Rajinikanth dancing with Nayanthara, who is making a guest appearnce in the film. It is set to picturize him dancing and singing while returning to Tamil Nadu from the United States of America, with the backdrop of paddy fields. Over four hundred dancing extras will be used in the song including Pulikali artistes from Kerala. The songs lyrics were penned by poet, Na. Muthukumar and the song was sung by, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, who like he did in Amarkalam has sung without stopping for nearly two minutes. The other singers are, Rahman's elder sister, Raihanah and Telugu language singer Benny.

The second song in the abum, is entitled, Style which is sung by Rags, Tanvi, Blaaze and Suresh Peters. The song was previously titled, Oru Koodai Sunlight and was picturized in Bilbao, Spain. The song praises Rajinikanth's style and hero qualities. The lyrics were penned by poet, Pa. Vijay. The third song is Vaa..ji Vaa..ji Sivaji, which was picturized at Hyderabad's Ramoji Film City, with sets at a cost of three Indian Crores. Reports claim the song picturizes Rajinikanth in knee-length warrior clothing as the King of Egypt and Shriya Saran as Queen. The song penned by Vairamuthu, has renowned singers, Hariharan and Madhushree singing.

The fourth song in the album is Athiradee and is sung by A. R. Rahman and Sayonara with lyrics written from poet, Vaali. The fifth and sixth songs of the album are titled, Sahana and Sahara - one being a peppy rendition and the other being a soulful rendition of the same number. Singing the peppy rendition is Hindi language singer, Udit Narayan with Chinmayi while the soulful rendition singers are Vijay Yesudas with Gomathi Shree, both songs have the lyrics written by poet, Vairamuthu, who was praised by Rajinikanth personally for his effort. The final song in the album, is a situational theme song entitled, The Boss sung by Naresh Iyer, Blaaze and Raqueeb Alam, with lyrics from Na. Muthukumar and Blaaze.

No. Song Singers Picturization Length (m:ss) Lyrics Notes
1 Balleilakka S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Reihana, Benny
6.08 Na. Muthukumar
2 Style Blaaze, Tanvi, Rags, Suresh Peters
5.13 Pa. Vijay Previously titled, Oru Koodai Sunlight. Another version was recorded without Suresh Peters
3 Vaaji Vaaji Hariharan, Madhushree
5.49 Vairamuthu
4 Athiradee A. R. Rahman, Sayonara
5.47 Vaali
5 Sahan Udit Narayan, Chinmayi
5.21 Vairamuthu Another version was recorded with Sujatha in place of Chinmayi
6 The Boss Naresh Iyer, Blaaze, Raqueeb Alam
3.20 Na. Muthukumar, Blaaze
7 Sahara Vijay Yesudas, Gomathishree
4.32 Vairamuthu


  • 'Vaa..ji, Vaa..ji Sivaji - a song sequence shot at the Ramoji Rao Film City at Hyderabad with sets reportedly costing Rs. 2.75 crores.
  • The crew of the movie is under strict orders not to divulge any information about the film, its story or about the events on the sets. Still, some local magazines have managed to acquire pictures of the sets. This angered the director and AVM so much that the director is now planning to completely ban the use of camera-phones on the sets.
  • Names of many popular actresses, including Sadha, Trisha, Asin, Nayantara, Manisha Koirala and Shilpa Shetty were considered for making the item number in the film. But, finally, Mallika Sherawat, was reportedly selected to make a very special appearance in the song sequence. Later on, it was reported that Nayantara will also be doing an item number in Sivaji.
  • Actress Sandhya dubs her voice for Shriya in the film.[107]
  • The Telugu dubbing rights of this movie has been sold to producer Bellam Konda Suresh for a price of Rs.8 crores (excluding Audio and satellite rights).
  • Rajinikanth, himself, sings a song in this movie. This is his second attempt at playback singing after a song in a previous film of his, Mannan.
  • This is the eighth film that music director and composer A.R. Rahman is working with director Shankar and the fourth film with Rajinikanth.
  • This is the third time costume designer Manish Malhotra is working with director Shankar.
  • This is said to be Kollywood Cinema's most expensive movie. The budget is at approximately Rs.50 crores[108].
  • Rajini, being the highest paid actor in India, will be receiving a paycheck higher than what he ever got for this film. Out of Sivaji’s budget, Rajini takes home close to 20 crores.[109]
  • For the first time Rajini tonsured his head for this movie.
  • Overseas distribution rights have been sold to Ayngaran International for approximately $275,000 (some say $3,000,000)Discuss the cost here USD.
  • Tokens being sold for fans in india to see Sivaji. 20 tickets for 1600 Indian rupee token.[110]

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