Sivaji (2007)

 ●  Tamil ● 3 hrs 8 mins

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Held in a cell, Sivaji reflects how he came to be under police scrutiny and his subsequent arrest for a variety of economic offenses. He had returned to Chennai from the U.S. to live with his parents and maternal uncle, and had hoped to invest money in colleges and hospitals so that people who are not privileged can benefit - much to the chagrin of a sophisticated goon, Adisheshan, who threatens him, and asks him not to tread on his territory. Disregarding this and hoping to get his projects going, Sivaji runs into bureaucratic corruption and red-tape - so much so that he gives in and bribes an official Rs.4 Crores to complete his Rs.200 Crore project. An enraged Adisheshan has the local politician stop the work, but Sivaji bribes the latter Rs.50 Crores, after liquefying most of his assets. While he is busy wooing and attempting to marry Tamizhselvi/Vidyabharti Ramlingam, a new politician takes over, stops his project, and demands another Rs.50 Crores. Unable to come up with the money, Sivaji takes the matter to Court but loses, and is rendered penniless. To make matters even worse, Tamizhselvi refuses to marry him as astrologically they are not compatible. While recalling these incidents, betrayed by the person he trusted, there is very little he can do but accept the fate that his opponents have decided for him.
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Cast: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran

Crew: Shankar Shanmugham (Director), KV Anand (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 15 Jun 2007 (India)

Tagline: The Boss

Tamil Name: சிவாஜி

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Did you know? "Sivaji" is the first ever Tamil Movie to appear in the UK Top Ten. It was released in just 12 screens all over UK and gained the nineth place. Read More
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as Sivaji Arumugam
as Tamizhselvi / Vidyabharti Ramlingam
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Supporting Actor
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Supporting Actor
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as Adisheshan
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Arivu Mama

Direction

Codirector

Production

Production Company
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Production Manager

Distribution

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Screenplay Writer
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Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Spoken Languages:
English, Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
DTS
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 435
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
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Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Blaaze, Suresh Peters, Tanvi Shah
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Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Sayonara Philip
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Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Chinmayi Sripada
Taglines:
The Boss
Goofs:
Continuity
"Sivaji" tries to impress the heroine by making himself fair. She replies back stating that she likes his original dark skin. But in the entire movie, Sivaji changes the color of his skin on and off in different scenes.

Crew/Equipment Visible
At the start of Oru Koodai's sunlight song, all the crew members are visible on the Sivaji's (Rajini) glasses.

Miscellaneous
The CBI officer who arrests "Sivaji" cites FERA act violation. But in the year 2000, FERA act was repealed and replaced by FEMA act.

Miscellaneous
In the scene at the open air movie theatre, "Sivaji" is seen in a Toyota Land Cruiser with his wife. When he has a "car fight" with the goons, the car changes to a Mahindra Scorpio towards the end.
Trivia:
Originally, Ratnavelu was asked to be the cinematographer of the film, but rejected it because he wanted to work for Sukumar's Jagadam. Eventually, Anand KV took the role of cinematography.

The title track was the first song shot for the film. It was also the most expensive song shot for the film, costing Rs. 3.5 crores.

The word "Balleilakka" is derived from the balalaika, a Russian guitar.

The song "Balleilakka" features most of the crew in the film.

The actresses considered to dance in the item number "Balleilakka" included 'Sadha', Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala, Bipasha Basu, 'Asin Thottumkal' and Mallika Sherawat. Nayanthara finally got the part.

The song "Style" was originally called "Oru Koodai Sunlight."

The song "Style" was shot in Bilbao, Spain.

The song "Sahana" was shot in a glass palace constructed solely for the song at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. After shooting, the palace was taken apart and all the glass panes were sold.

In the film, "Boss" stands for "Bachelor of Social Service."

The casting for the role of Thamizhselvi was legendary, possibly rivalling that of the original Superman. To begin with, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had been considered to play the role as a favour for director S. Shankar, who gave her her first hit with Jeans; however, she turned down the role, due to her marriage and crowded filming schedules. Then Ayesha Takia was offered the role, but she turned it down because she had problems with the Tamil language. Next, Rani Mukerji was offered the role, but she asked too large a fee and so was dropped. Jyothika, Trisha Krishnan. 'Nayanthara' and Sneha were all considered and rejected before finally Shriya Saran was chosen.

Vadivelu was considered for the role of Sivaji's "Mama" (Uncle), after he received rave reviews for his comic chemistry in Chandramukhi with Rajnikanth, however Vivek was selected.

After helping make S Shankar's last film Anniyan a success, Prakash Raj was almost immediately selected to play the role of Adisesha in this film. However, he couldn't accept the role due to conflicting schedules with other films, so the role was offered to big names like Sathyaraj, Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Nana Patekar, before it was finally accepted by Suman.

The hospital seen in the film was actually a remodelled bank.

"Sivaji" is the name of Rajnikanth's character. Rajnikanth's birth name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad.

Was set to be released in April 14th 2007, was postponed to May and finally to June 15th 2007. The continuous change in the release date of the film has caused a confusion in the Tamil film industry. Many other big films stayed away because they don't want to clash with Shivaji, in the end there were no big release for the months of April and May. For the first time in the history of Tamil commercial cinema since the 50's there was no big summer release.

"Sivaji" is one of the costliest Tamil and Indian film ever made. Rumoured to cost between 650-800 million Indian rupees.

This is 168th film for AVM, the production company and the 100th Tamil film (not counting his other language films) for Rajinikanth.

The movie was released with 4600 prints worldwide and created a record in India as the only movie to be screened with more than 700 shows on a single day. Hyderabad (142 shows) and Chennai (140 shows) together account for 282 shows on it's first day.

First Tamil film and the first non Hindi Indian movie to feature in UK Top 10.

As of July 2007, "Sivaji" is highest grossing Tamil movie ever. It grossed 100 crores (1 billion) Indian rupees in it's third weekend. First Tamil film and non-Hindi Indian movie to gross 100 crores and also the fastest Indian movie to gross that much.

"Sivaji" is the first ever Tamil Movie to appear in the UK Top Ten. It was released in just 12 screens all over UK and gained the nineth place.

Grossed 300 million rupees in it's first weekend. Most Tamil films would not make that amount totally.

Rajnikanth appears as a white skinned European guy in a song sequence. The Digital skin grafting effects used to create the dark skinned Rajini into a white skin guy took almost one year with the help of 25 technicians. All this, with the help of computer graphics that lifts a European woman's skin and grafts it into the superstar's face. Each of the over 6,500 frames had to be worked on individually and he same process has been used to create an almost black Rajini in the song sequence too. This process is said to be the first in Indian cinema, if not in World cinema. "Whatever shot we took with Rajini sir, we took with a white girl we selected. We went for the girl because she would have softer skin and flushed cheeks. We took the tone and texture from her face and applied it on his face," said cinematographer KV Anand.

"Sivaji" is the first Indian film to incorporate the latest 4K resolution technology that is used only on big-budget Hollywood films. In India, 2K resolution for digital intermediate (DI) is the set standard.

A notable lyric in the song "Balleilakka" goes: "Annan vandha / Tamil Nadum America" (" If Sivaji comes to Tamil Nadu, / it will become America"). Rajnikanth, originally a bus conductor from Karnataka, arrived in Tamil Nadu, and changed it forever by becoming its biggest Superstar.

SP Balasubramaniam sang a segment of "Balleilakka" for two minutes non-stop.

Rajnikanth personally praised lyricist Vairamuthu for the songs "Sahana" and "Sahana," calling them the best songs in the film's album.

A trailer of Rajnikanth's next film, the animated feature Sultan (2008), was released and shown with this film.

Near the film's climax, "Sivaji" assumes the false identity of MG Ravichandran. This is a reference to the old superstars of Tamil cinema, Shivaji Ganesan and MG Ramachandran.
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20 Jun 2007, by IBN Live