Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Will Rajinikanth bow down to emotional black mail of Film distributors?

After the massive debacle of Rajinikanth’s KOCHADAIIYAAN, the superstar is yet again in a soup with his latest flick LINGAA too failing to live up to the expectation of the cine buffs. Though film trade pundits may have declared LINGAA as the highest grossing movies of 2014 and placed it in the prestigious 100-crore Club but the bitter truth is that LINGAA is a commercial disaster and distributers are demanding compensation from Rajinikanth.

Rajinikanth is a golden hearted man and has been known for coming to the rescue of the film distributors by paying the losses from his kit. Remember he compensated some distributors when BABA and KUSELAN boomed at the box office. Likewise the distributors are expecting the same from Rajinikanth this time and few have began pressurizing tactics too.

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One among the many is R Singaravadivelan, managing director, Marina Pictures, who has approached the Madras high court for permission to stage a hunger strike in Chennai as he has failed to recover his investment.

 In his petition, R Singaravadivelan said he had purchased the rights to screen the film in Trichy and Thanjavur districts for a sum of Rs 8 crore but since the film failed to appeal the film buffs, he could not make enough profit. He claims that like him many distributors, who have suffered similar losses, are planning to join him in the stir as neither Rajinikath nor the film producers are paying heed to their woes.

The petitioner plans to hold a hunger strike on January 10 at Valluvar Kottam or at the government guest house near Chepauk in Chennai.

Responding to the threat by distributors, a producer on condition of anonymity said, “The distributors have tasted blood after Rajini sir had been kind to few distributors in the past. However I don't think Rajini Sir will bow to such emotional black mail this time.”

After Rajinikanth’s KOCHADAIIYAAN, its Shah Rukh Khan in ATHARVA - THE ORIGIN

After Southern Sensational Superstar Rajinikanth’s KOCHADAIIYAAN, India’s first High Tech Animated and Photorealistic performance capture film, it seems Bollywoood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is vying to tie up with Virzu Studios’ ATHARVA - THE ORIGIN, based on an animated new age graphic novel  of the same name.

The official trailer of ATHARVA - THE ORIGIN which was released recently on YouTube has taken the cine buffs by storm. The trailer depicting Shah Rukh Khan portraying a pre historic King in the typical avatar similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Hollywood hit film CONAN THE BARBARIAN, with a muscular body and primitive armours is widely being appreciated. Viewers are going crazy and the social media is flooded with comments like WOW!! It's amazing I can't wait to see this movie!

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Adapted from Ramesh Tamilmani's graphic novel, ATHARVA - THE ORIGIN’, is a mythological drama that tells the story of a King and his victory over the evil. In nut shell the movie will take viewers to the glorious manors of ancient era, weird beasts and fairly land scenic locations that are forte of such fantasy tales.

ShahRukh Khan, is known for experimentation and has even played King ASOKA, an Indian epic historical drama directed by Santosh Sivan. Further he is even acquainted about Animation and VFX technology with his home production RA.ONE.

Though official confirmation of the tie up between Khan and Virzu Studios has not been confirmed yet with film buffs excitement and superlative response, probably Virzu Studios and Shah Rukh Khan’s home production Red chillies entertainment might adapt ATHARVA - THE ORIGIN and can make an extravagant epic with high class VFX akin to Hollywood productions.