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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bollywood & Kollywood Film EDHIRAN Review

The latest Aiswarya's Bollywood - Kollywood sci fi film comes with all the hype we’ve come to expect 120 crore budget…biggest budget ever! (that’s about US$24 million), overseas special effects people! They are expecting a world record is broken (this time for 50 assistant directors)!

Shooting has even started already, with a musical number set in Peru going before the cameras first., an inert wannabe-sci-fi mess that just kind of lay there and gasped for air.

EDHIRAN is officially a Tamil film, but it seems like it’ll be released both in Tamil and in Hindi, it’s got some Bollywood money behind it, and the Bollywood press is covering it, which is why we’re calling it a Bollywood film. But, for the record, it’s officially from Kollywood.)

This time we’re promised sheer, off-the-wall, wigged-out freakiness. Why? Because the director is S. Shankar, the man responsible for the Bollywood remake of the Tamil film NAYAK. This is the story of a reporter (Anil Kapoor of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) who becomes Prime Minister of India for a day and fixes the country’s social problems by punching people in the face. It also features (the fun starts around 1:30). S. Shankar’s second-to-the-last movie was , a Tamil film about a lawyer with who seeks justice by causing evildoers to be trampeled to death in a buffalo stampede, fried in pots of oil and sucked dry by leeches. It was a musical. His latest movie is the Superstar Rajnikanth mega-hit in which Tamil superstar Rajnikanth battles the corrupt government with his fists.

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HK action legend Yuen Wo-ping

will be coordinating the stunts and action in the film. Ching Siu-tung was lured to Bollywood for KRRISH, the Hrithik-is-a-superhero flick, and now it’s Yuen’s turn. Expect insanity.

- the movie stars Superstar Rajnikanth, one of the most totally nuts , and Aishwarya Rai, long considered one of the world’s most beautiful women and a pretty fine actress to boot.

the music is by AR Rahman, India’s most lauded (and most expensive) composer.and a million other movies have become modern-day classics and you can pretty much rest assured that with Rahman on music you’re in for a treat.

- animatronics are being handled by Stan Winston Studios in the US and the sci fi costumes are courtesy of Mary E. Vogt who did MEN IN BLACK and BATMAN RETURNS, insuring maximum insanity since she’s the person responsible for Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman costume and Danny DeVito’s Penguin in that Tim Burton flick

Already photos have been leaked from the Peruvian musical number that started shooting in early September, but the assistant director responsible (a woman, as the press eagerly pointed out) has been identified and terminated. One Assistant Director down, 49 to go. ENDHIRAN is set for an April, 2010 release, which gives them plenty of time to fire them all.

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