Sivaji The Boss (2007)

 ●  Telugu ● 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: 30 May 2007 (India)

Tagline: The Boss

Telugu Name: శివాజీ ది బాస్

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Did you know? "Sivaji" was considerded to be one of the costliest Tamil and Indian film ever made and was rumored to have cost between 650-800 million Indian rupees. Read More
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as Sivaji Arumugam
as Tamizhselvi / Vidyabharti Ramlingam
Special Appearance
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Special Appearance
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Adisheshan
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Arivu Mama

Direction

Codirector

Production

Production Company
Co-Producer
Line Producer
Production Manager

Distribution

Writers

Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Sound

Sound Mixer
Dubbing & Premix Engineer

Art

Art Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Assistant Editor

Stunts

Stunt Director

Visual Effects

Digital Compositor
Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Telugu
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)
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:
Ayesha Takia, Jyothika, Trisha Krishnan. 'Nayanthara' and Sneha were offered the lead role, but she turned it down because she had problems with the Tamil language.

Originally, Ratnavelu was asked to be the cinematographer of the film, but rejected it because he wanted to work for Sukumar's 'Jagadam' and 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 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, until Nayanthara finally got the part.

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 wherein after shooting, the palace was taken apart and all the glass panes were sold.

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

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.

Prakash Raj was almost immediately selected to play the role of Adisesha in this film and was offered to 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 re-modeled bank.

"Sivaji" is the name of Rajnikanth's character with reference to his birth name which is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad.

"Sivaji" was considerded to be one of the costliest Tamil and Indian film ever made and was rumored to have cost between 650-800 million Indian rupees.

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

This is the 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 and had grossed 100 crores (1 billion) Indian rupees in it's third weekend.

Rajnikanth appears as a white skinned European guy in a song sequence and 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

"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.

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

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

Near the film's climax, "Sivaji" assumes the false identity of MG Ravichandran, is a reference to the old superstars of Tamil cinema, Shivaji Ganesan and MG Ramachandran.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed from: Sivaji (Tamil)