Written By Chiyaan CVF on Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 7:15 AM
Director Shankar says that shooting for his Tamil romantic thriller Ai will completed as soon as they wrap up the last song with Amy Jackson. He is readying it for a summer release.
The film has been on floors for close to two years.
Visual effects company Weta, which has worked on films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, has been working on the special effects of the film.
"The 'A' to 'Y' of Ai is completed after lot of hurdles. Vikram and Weta's Shoot was completed by completed February 25, 'Z' - left is only one song with Amy, "Shankar posted on his Facebook page. He added the post production work including editing and dubbing going on full swing.
Featuring Vikram in the lead, Ai also features Upen Patel, Suresh Gopi and Santhanam in important roles. while a host of foreign technicians have worked on the film, Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman has composed the tunes, Shankar says the film may come out during summer.
"If all is well, Ai will be ready for summer, since this is a big film, the release depends upon the producer's plan, "he furthur posted, Ai will be dubbed in Telugu and released as Manoharudu at the same time as Tamil Version, the director furthur added.
Credits : The New Indian Express
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Monday, March 3, 2014 | 8:57 PM
For quite a few days there were talks about who will be paired up with Vikram for his next and the Barbie war was between Hansika and Trisha. However we have learnt that it will be the bubbly gal Hansika for Vikram's next flick with Tharani. Vikram-Tharani are a proven combo with hits like Dhil, Dhool, so this will yet again be a commercial outing at BO.
Ai is the 50th film for the versatile actor and the team is gearing up for its release with the movie itself in its final stage of shooting. Vikram has supposedly worked in different getups for this movies and director Shankar as we know is very secretive of his work.
Credits : IndiaGlitz.com
Director Shankar and Chiyaan Vikram are working day and night to release their magnum opus Ai as a summer release. It is said that the ace director known for his hard work has started the post production works while the last leg of shooting is underway. The team is planning to wrap-up the shoot within the end of March.
Meanwhile Vikram, on his part has completed dubbing for the first half and will start dubbing for the second once the shoot is completed, as per reliable sources.
It seems Shankar will leave no stone unturned to hit the release deadline.
AI stars Amy Jackson opposite Vikram. The film also includes, senior Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, Santhanam, Upen Matel and many other prominent faces in its star cast. A.R.Rahman composes the music while ace cinematographer P.C.Sriram has teamed up with Shankar for the first time.
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SHANKAR TO SHOOT AMY’S INTRO SONG IN THE CITY
Director Shankar’s statement on his social networking page on the status of his magnum opus Ai and how he is planning to release the film this summer has created a palpable excitement amongst Kollywood audience. Now, we hear that he is planning to shoot Amy’s introduction song, which is supposedly the last bit that’s left to be shot, in a set in Chennai.
A source close to the team says, “Shankar is quite kicked with the way the film has shaped up. The WETA team that was working on the visual effects in the film has completed its portions; rest of the post production work is on in full swing.
Vikram, Suresh Gopi and Upen Patel’s portions have been wrapped up. Only Amy Jackson’s introduction song is left to be shot, and Shankar plans to shoot the same in a set that will be erected in Chennai.” Shankar, who took to his online page, posted, “Frequently asked question is about the release. If ‘all is well’, Ai will be ready for summer. Since this is a big film, the release depends upon the producer’s plan.”
Credits : Chennai Times / Times Of India
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 8:05 AM
Ai, one of the most anticipated films of 2014, is directed by renowned filmaker Shankar. The film, with actors Vikram and Amy Jackson in lead roles, has been in the making for quite a long time now. Shankar whose last film was Rajinikanth's Enthiran, has been regularly posting updates on social networking websites about the progress of the film and the latest buzz is that the movie will hit the theatres soon.
Shankar also revealed that making Ai was not a cakewalk for him. He wrote on his Facebook page, "Hi Everyone, 'A... to ...y' Ai is completed after lot of hurdles, Vikram and Weta's Shoot totally completed by 25th February, balance 'z' left is only one song with Amy. Editing Dubbing and CG works are going in full swing.
Frequently asked question is about the release. If 'all is well' Ai will be ready for summer. Since this is a big film the release depends upon the producer's plan. Catch you soon!"
He also posted a working still of Amy Jackson, makeup artiste Sean Foot and himself. Actor Suresh Gopi, Santhanam and Upen patel also play integral roles, Ace cinematographer P.C Sreeram wields the camera and music is composed by A.R.Rahman.
Credits : Deccan Chronicle / Chennai Times
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 8:05 AM
Actress Amy Jackson, who will next be seen in director Shankar’s Ai, chooses to call the film, a ‘breakthrough’ in her career. “Shankar’s movie has taken us to China and to places all over India. To work with Shankar in just my third film is brilliant for me. The reason I call it a breakthrough is because this role has helped me push my boundaries. My character, Diya, has Tamil dialogues throughout. It’s been a great challenge because it is something I have never done before. She’s an Indian girl. I’ve only played a half-Indian girl in my other films until now,” says Amy, whose Telugu film Yevadu raked in the moolah at the box office.
The film, she says, came to her with a set of challenges. “The biggest challenge as far as Ai was concerned is that it’s been happening for two years now. I have not done any movies in between because this is the biggest film of my career and I wanted to dedicate myself to it.”
She adds, “Director Shankar has got the best of professionals from all over the world, including America and New Zealand to work on it. We have completely finished shooting all the scenes. The film has five songs. I have just one song left to be shot and that happens to be my intro song in the film. We will be shooting it in Chennai next month.”
Actors working in a film usually tend to indulge in friendly competition to enable them to bring out the best in them. Quiz Amy if she competed with Vikram, her co-star in the film, and she laughs. “I think Vikram is in a league of his own. I don’t think I can compete with him just yet. Maybe 10 years down the line, I will start competing. Vikram definitely brings out the best in me and is an inspiration. He has been in the industry for 20 years and in every film, he plays a completely different person. His looks change in every single movie. In this movie itself, he has so many different looks, it is unbelievable. Both of us naturally wanted to give our best and we did experiment. But at the end of the day, Shankar was the one who moulded us into what he wanted.”
Currently, Amy is busy reading scripts to pick her next project. “I have some exciting scripts in my hand and I want the next movie I do to push me again. I’d love to do an action movie next,” she signs off.
Credits : Times Of India / Chennai Times
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Monday, February 24, 2014 | 9:36 PM
Vikram has begun dubbing for his upcoming magnum opus Manoharudu. Shankar is directing the film and the Tamil version is titled as Ai. Vikram and Amy Jackson are playing the lead roles in this romantic action thriller. The film's principal shooting is almost complete and Vikram has dubbing for the film. As per the latest reports, he has finished dubbing for the first half and since he's playing dual roles, apparently, he has been dubbed for the remaining part of the film in March.
Even before the film went on floors, rumours were rife that Shankar had asked Vikram to work hard on his look since one of the characters, which Vikram will play, has to sport a beefed look. Most part of the film has been shot in Chennai, Kodaikanal and China. A R Rahman is scoring the music and P C Sreeram is handling the camera. The film is expected to hit the screens later this year in Telugu and Tamil.
Credits : Times Of India
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Monday, February 10, 2014 | 8:20 AM
'Ai' will be an important film in my career. It is my magnum opus film. I narrated the script to many actors. I dont want to reveal the name of those actors. Since I demanded lot of dates from them, they rejected the film. I had no hatred towards them.
But when I approached Vikram, he readily accepted the offer and promised me that he can allocate me any number of days for me. Moreover he has not received a single rupee till date as salary. He insisted to pay him just after the release of 'Ai'.
Vikram's Performance had really came out very well and he deserves awards for his performance. The work done by 'Weta Workshop' was excellent. 'Ai' Script has double weightage than 'Anniyan'. 'Ai' is my 3 years effort. I started to pen the script after completing my 'Enthiran' in 2010. It took more than 1 year to complete the entire script.
I want to delight the audience on theaters. I dont want to reveal the excellent visualisations of the film in teasers (or) trailers. I want every audience to watch the film in theaters.
I promised the audience that 'Anniyan' will be more exciting more and more, when you repeatedly watch the film. As per my promise, movie also did the magic. I promise the same in 'Ai'. I am expecting repeat audience for the film. My earlier films 'Anniyan' & 'Enthiran' took the Tamil Cinema to next level. I hope 'Ai' will also do the same.
I am planning to release the film big in Hindi too. I want to raise the Tamil Cinema standards to a higher level by releasing in many languages. The works are going on at a rapid pace. The film will be releasing soon" said the Kollywood lead director Shankar.
Written By Chiyaan CVF on Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 11:57 AM
Shankar's magnum opus Ai with VIkram and Amy Jackson is nearing completion and the film is expected to release as a Tamil newyear attraction. Shankar who is working without taking a break recently shot the climax of the film produced by Oscar V.Ravidhanrdan. The scene included Vikram and Upen Patel who plays the role of a villain in the film as per sources close to the film. The scene as come out exceptionally well and the ace director is completely satisfied with the outcome.
With this the films shoot is expected to be completed very soon. Shankar's lucky mascot A.R.Rahman is scoring music for the film and P.C.Sriram, one of India's most respected cinematographers is teaming up with Shankar for the first time in this film.
The latest we hear from sources close to the unit is that the film has another proud addition to its ist of technicians. Shankar has reportedly roped in Alfred of Iron man 3 fame and a few others for the stunt co-ordination of the film.
Credits : IndiaGlitz.com