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Chiyaan Vikram to meet Arnold

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Vikram's I audio launch in Chennai turned out to be one of the biggest events in recent times, as Hollywood sensation Arnold Schwarzenegger graced the occasion.

However, actor Vikram, the lead actor in the film, could not spend time with him as Arnold left the event soon due to his busy schedule.

The latest we hear is that Arnold has sent a personal invite to the actor, asking him to vist California. It's said that the actor was excited about meeting him, and would do so before the release of his magnum opus.

Confirming the news, the producer of the film, Aascar Ravichandran, says "Yes, Arnold has invited Vikram to California. He will be meeting him before the release of I".

Credits : Deccan Chronicle / Chennai Times

Arnold's invite for Vikram

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 8:12 AM

Arnold’s presence at the audio launch of ‘I’ cut shortened in the midway due to the late start, and his prior appointments. Though he enjoyed the beast act of, Vikram, he did not have a personal chat with Chiyaan. The reports say that Arnold has personally sent an e-mail to Vikram and invited him to California.

Surprised by this gesture from the legendary actor, Vikram is all set to fly to California post the shooting of ‘Paththu Enrathukulla’. Vikram is currently dubbing for ‘I’ in all the major Indian languages and expected to complete Vijay Milton’s project before the end of this year.

The beast act is nothing but Vikram’s werewolf avatar for the song ‘Ennodu Nee Irundhaal’ and he spent 5 hours to carry the look and performed live in front of thousands of fans at the audio launch

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Chiyaan Vikram at Hunger Strike Photos

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Monday, October 13, 2014 | 10:17 PM

Shankar and I - Director Shankar Interview to TheHindu

The exlusive Shankar in an exclusive interview with Sudhir Srinivasan

The buzz around I is growing by the minute. This has been the case with each of the 11 films you’ve directed so far. How do you manage to create such hype?

I think it’s a result of my desire to deliver with each film I make. I feel I have to outdo my last film, and this causes the expectation you are talking about. Apart from viewing my film as a director, I also try to look at it as a viewer.

And you’re confident that you represent the average viewer?

Why not? I have varied tastes. I love Hindustani music as much as I do gaana. I watch King Kong with the same interest as I do a Kurosawa film.

In trying to cater to the average viewer, do you sometimes feel the pressure to shoehorn elements that you think the audience may want—make the story grander, or shoot a song in an exotic location?

I don’t work with predetermined elements. I do what the story demands. Believe it or not, I have written a script that doesn’t have a single song in it. I will make that film some day.

Is the lack of songs why it hasn’t been made yet?

No, no. It may not have songs, but it has other elements that more than make up for this.

You said at the audio release of I that the film is a romantic thriller and that it’s the first time you’re dealing with this genre. Wasn’t Kadhalan something similar?

When I said it’s a romantic thriller, I was simply trying not to reveal more. The film is quite different from the youthful love story that Kadhalan was. I cannot say anything more.

You also seem to have broken away from your style of alternating between message-oriented and fun films (Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans, Mudhalvan, Boys, Anniyan…).

It would have happened 10 years ago had I made Robot (Enthiran) then. Nanban was also an example of my intention to break this trend. It is quite unlike any film I had made until then. So, that should tell you how eager I am to make films that aren’t usually associated with me.

You also said at the audio release that you wanted unusual music for I, unlike anything Rahman has composed. Have you been worried that this experimentation, most evident in the operatic influences seen in ‘Aila Aila’, may not be received well by the B and C centres?

I think everybody wants something new. When you see Aila’s visuals, you’ll love it even more. As part of the story is about models, we created a compilation of six-seven advertisements that play to this song. There’s also an undercurrent of romance in it. The song is just perfect for the situation. I agree it’s an experiment, but why shouldn’t it be one that works?

Where do you look for your stories?

Everywhere! News items, photographs, television programmes… When I see an unusual person, I immediately start wondering what their backstory could be. This technique helps me come up with interesting stories.

You like to make these grand films, don’t you? We hear I cost around Rs. 150 crore.

For some reason, people like to exaggerate how much I spend on a film. Trust me when I tell you that the budget of I is less than Rs. 100 crore. I try hard to salvage every rupee. When I’m on the spot, I keep my eyes open for equipment we can return and save money. Similarly, people also exaggerate how long I take to make a film. I was planned for release last Diwali. Due to some delays from the production side, we had to stall it a bit. For months, I was sitting idle.

Such stalling must be hard on actors whose shelf-life is lower than a director’s. Somebody like Vikram must have been eager to wrap up work.

Any reasonable filmmaker takes at least a year to finish a film. As for Vikram, he is willing to go all out to do what it takes for a film. When he lost weight for I, it was because he wanted to. Again, there were rumours that I was being unduly harsh on my crew. A stranger who wanted a picture with me suddenly asked, “Why are you torturing Vikram?” I really am not. It was his idea, and I agreed it would be good for the film.

There are very few actors who are willing to push themselves as hard, isn’t it?

I agree. There aren’t too many people out there willing to transform into a role completely like Vikram. Besides, not too many scripts demand such measures. If I don’t get the actor I want for a script, I alter the script accordingly. If it requires too much alteration, I move on (to another script). Filmmaking is a compromise in many ways.

Like how you made Mudhalvan without Rajinikanth?

Well, I wanted to do Mudhalvan with Kamal Haasan too! He was busy with Hey Ram (2000) when I called him about it. By the time I got around to telling him the film’s one-liner, we had already made it with Arjun.

Do you write scripts for heroes, or pick heroes for scripts?

Both ways really. There are some scripts that will work only with one hero. Sivaji, for example, couldn’t have been done with anybody else but Rajinikanth. Enthiran, on the other hand, could have been done with another actor. Filmmaking is unpredictable. Who knows what will click?

Not even you?

(Laughs) Not even me. If I could successfully predict the fate of films, I’d probably quit making movies, and make money with that skill.

Do you see yourself making a low-budget film? Perhaps a small story with everyday characters?

I spoke with the late Sujatha about it. When I asked him if I should, he simply shook his head and said, “Don’t”. He said there were many other directors to do such films but I was one of the few who had the opportunity to make large-scale films. I’m not bored with these films yet, but when that happens, I’m sure I’ll make a low-budget film. After all, the first film I wanted to make was a female-centric village love story with Revathy.

That’s interesting, considering some of your films (Indian, Mudhalvan, Anniyan) have slightly weak female roles.

See, all those films are hero-centric. I just travel with the script, and bring in women who elevate the hero, without unnaturally strengthening their roles. I have written strong female characters too, as in Kadhalan and Jeans. Amy Jackson’s character in I is pivotal. In fact, my first film, Gentleman, was born out of my agony when producers weren’t okay with my female-centric script. Here, take my anti-hero!

That free time you mentioned while making I…. did you manage to finish some other script?

I have almost finished three! I’m not sure which one I’ll start work on next though.

Enthiran’s sequel maybe?

Yes, I really want to make its sequel with Rajinikanth, but I don’t know if it will be next, or even if it will happen at all. For now, I’m waiting to hear from my producer about the release of I.

Credits : The Hindu

Charmee in nine-minute for Vikram's Next | DC

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 7:55 AM

Actress Charmee, who hasn't been seen in Kollywood for quite a long time, has now been roped in for special number in Vijay Milton's next film Paththu Enrathukulla which has Vikram playing the lead, But it's not an item number; the nine minute long song is touted to be more of a musical of sorts, played out on screen. Sounds different?

"Everyone thinks it'll be an item song but no. Charmee plays a beautiful character in just those nine minutes which will be something unique for Tamil Cinema. It's a song, shot along the lines of modern-day musical.

We will travel to the outskirts of Pune on October 20, where sets have already been erected to shoot the video. Almost 70 percent of the film is done, and it has come out well. The song will have the combination of Vikram and Samantha along with Charmee," says director Vijay Milton, Whose debut film Goli Soda garnered rave reviews among with Critics.

Source : Deccan Chronicle / Chennai Times


Written By Chiyaan CVF on Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 7:48 AM

Director Vijay Milton will be heading to Pune next to shoot a song for his next film 10 Enrathukulla starring Vikram and Samantha. We hear that it is an interesting song composed by D Imman, in which actress Charmme will make a special appearance.Sources say that a mega set for a whopping sum has been erected in Pune for the song, to be shot during the later this month.

A source from the unit says, “It is a nine-minute-long song and it will be shot like a play. Charmme will appear as a character throughout the song.Interestingly , she will not be seen dancing in the song -it is not a regular item number. A huge set for about two-and-a-half crore rupees has been erected in Pune for the shoot. The shooting for this song will commence on October 20.“

Vijay Milton and his team have been extensively travelling across the country for this film, which is expected to be a road movie. 

  Credits : Times Of India / Chennai Times

Vikram dubs for Hindi version of I in Mumbai

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Vikram is currently camped in Mumbai for the dubbing of the Hindi version of Shankar's I.The actor has completed his dubbing work for the Tamil and Telugu versions and he is expected to finish the Hindi dubbing in a couple of days. 

A source in the know says, “Vikram has been shuttling between Chennai and Mumbai these days for the dubbing. The film is going to release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi at the same time. As it has got a multiple release, the post production is taking a little more time and that's why a Deepavali release seems to be doubtful now. When he gets back from Mumbai, he will commence shoot for the final schedule of Vijay Milton's film Pathu Enrathukulla.“

 Source : Times OF India / Chennai Times

Rajeev Masand interview with Chiyaan Vikram about "I"

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Monday, October 6, 2014 | 7:11 PM

In this interview with Rajeev Masand, Tamil star Vikram - hero of such hits as Setu, Anniyan and Pithamagan - talks about his role in Shankar's new film 'I' that's slated for release this Diwali. The 48-year-old actor underwent multiple physical transformations for the movie, and reveals it was difficult to keep his many looks from being leaked during production. This interview first aired on CNN-IBN on October 4, 2014.

Rajeev Masand interview with Chiyaan Vikram - PART 1

Rajeev Masand interview with Chiyaan Vikram - PART 2

Sharukh Khan About Chiyaan Vikram's "i"

Technicians in Tamil cinema are the best: Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan, who was recently in the city to promote his next film Happy New Year, openly admits that technicians in Tamil cinema are the best. 

He also revealed that he was amazed by Vikram and Shankar’s work in I and called the technical work in the film as outstanding. “I have always felt that Kollywood excels in the use of technology in cinema. In fact, the technicians here are the best. Most of the technicians at my production house are from here,” says Shah Rukh Khan to a daily

He recently got a chance to watch the promos and a few rushes of I, and was blown away by it,  He says, "The film has been made with such style and on a grand scale. The Technology used is outstanding, unimaginable.-  says Sharukh Khan 


"I've cried to God to become an actor," says Vikram

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Friday, October 3, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Vikram, in his recent interview to a popular TV channel, has opened up about the life-changing accident that occurred to him at the beginning of his career. When renowned critic Rajeev Masand quizzed Vikram about the tumultous phase after the accident where he underwent more than 20 surgeries, Vikram told, “I’ve cried to god to become an actor. All my prayers were shattered with that accident. I, at least, wanted to be a still photographer, a part of cinema. Somehow I got Sethu and finally felt it is something that has come to me. The rest is history,” told Vikram. 

Vikram's I directed by Shankar is currently under post-production phase and the team is looking forward to release the film in November aiming for a solo release. Starring Vikram and Amy Jackson in lead roles, it also has Ram Kumar, Suresh Gopi in important roles and Upen Patel as the antagonist. Produced by Aascar Ravichandran, the film has music by AR Rahman. 

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