Arnold Schwarzenegger has apparently accepted the invitation from the makers of Ai to be the chief guest for the film's audio launch. The Hollywood superstar recently hosted a dinner for Ramesh Babu, the brother of the film's producer Aascar Ravichandran, in Los Angeles.
Says Ravichandran, “During their dinner, my brother had shown footage from Ai to Arnold , and the actor had remarked that the visuals looked like they were from a Hollywood film. He was especially impressed with the video showing Vikram's efforts to transform himself for the character. Being a champion body builder himself, Arnold was impressed by how Vikram could manage to put on a weight of 120kg and later bring it down drastically to weigh a mere 50kg for this role.“
The producer adds that with Arnold's participation confirmed, the audio launch will take place in Chennai on September 15. The venue, however, isn't finalized yet because the team wants a place that they can take over for a week to erect a grand stage.
AI, A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEAST
Chennai Times got a sneak peek at the visuals of Ai recently and from the 50-second teaser and a song screened for us, it looks like the film will be worth the long wait of two-and-a-half years for fans. Vikram sports multiple looks in the teaser, from that of a hulk to a hunchback with a disfigured, almost unrecognizable, face. Even for a Shankar film, the frames have a grandeur that is stunning. And the song, Ennodu Nee Irundhaal, a fantasy number on the lines of The Beauty and the Beast picturized on the lead pair, is shot like an international music video. Vikram appears as a Wolfmanlike creature with horns while Amy Jackson is the damsel in distress.
The huge set, resembling a creepy cavern, and the makeup and costumes of the supporting dancers resemble something you would see in a Guillermo del Toro film.
Credits : Times OF India / Chennai Times