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Arnold inspired Vikram's character in 'I': Shankar

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Friday, September 19, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired Vikram's character in 'I': Shankar

Actor Vikram's character of a bodybuilder in upcoming film "I", is inspired from how Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger looked in his prime days, says Shankar, the director of the Tamil magnum opus.

"In the film, Vikram plays a bodybuilder vying for the 'Mr.Tamil Nadu'. When we were looking for inspiration for his character, we could only think of Arnold as he's a bodybuilding legend. That's how we designed Vikram's character," Shankar told IANS.

"Vikram worked extremely hard for the role. We even managed to give him the curls Arnold sported as a young bodybuilder," Shankar said.

While Vikram gained weight to play the bodybuilder, he lost considerable amount to play another important character in "I".

Also starring Amy Jackson and Upen Patel in important roles, "I" is slated to release during the Diwali festive season.

Schwarzenegger was recently in the city for the film's grand audio launch.

Credits : Business Standard

Shankar's 'i' popularizes Tamil! - Madhan Karky

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10:37 PM

The audio of the much expected I was released a couple of days back and the songs scored by A R Rahman for this Shankar directed Vikram starrer have become very popular.

One of the songs Ladio written by the most happening lyricist Madhan Karky has a lot of Tamil words that may be new to some of the listeners.

Madhan Karky explains the meaning of these words in his microblogger which are as follows:

பனிக்கூழ் (Panikoozh) - Ice Cream
குளம்பி (KuLambi) - Coffee
உருளைச் சீவல் (UruLaicheeval) - Potato Chips
காவிக்கண்டு (KaavikaNdu) - Chocolate
மெல்லுக்கோந்து (Mellukondhu) - Chewing Gum
மகிழ்வுந்து (Magizhvundu) - Car
பைஞ்சுதை (Painjudhai) - Cement
வழ‌லை (Vazhalai) - Soap
பூத்தூள் (PoothooL) - Talcum Powder
காற்பதனி (Kaarpathani) - Air Conditioner
நுண்ணலை (NuNNalai) - Microwave

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'I' isn't the first choice - Shankar

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 10:47 PM

The town is abuzz only with 'I', thanks to its spectacular audio launch attended by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Superstar Rajinikanth along with an army of glitterati, that gathered at the Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai, a couple of days back. The film’s music scored by A R Rahman is a big hit already and hero Vikram’s hard work for his role is the topic of discussion everywhere.

While talking about the title of the film, director Shankar revealed that he actually had the titles Azhagan and Aanazhagan in mind, but since they had already been used, he had to look for alternatives. He also said that It was his wish to have a single alphabet as his film's title, for a long time. When he came across 'I' which also means beauty, he immediately lapped it up.

In a way, it seems to suggest the beautiful attributes of his hero Vikram who goes to any length for the perfection of his character.

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'I' Official Teaser

Watch the scintillating teaser of Shankar's I starring 'Chiyaan Vikram', With music by A R Rahman, the audio launch saw the “Terminator” Arnold Schwarzenegger gracing the occasion in Chennai, making it the grandest audio launch in Kollywood.

Arnold was an inspiration for Vikram's character in "i"

At the glitzy audio launch of I, which had Arnold Schwarzenegger as the special guest, director Shankar finally opened up a bit about the film.Talking about the film, Shankar said, “This film is not like the Wolfman or Hulk. It is not about the Olympics or on sports as some people have written. It is not a scifi or a film with a social message or a fun film. It is an entirely a new genre for me -romantic thriller.The character that Vikram plays in the film is called Lingeswaran.Since Vikram is playing a bodybuilder, Arnold was an inspiration. We have even given the character a curl like the one that Arnold had during his body builder days.“

Almost 25 per cent of the film has been shot in China, he revealed.

“The con ditions there 0 were extreme but we managed to shoot a song and some stunt sequences there. Action choreographer Peter Ming got actual cycling champions in China for a cycle fight scene that we shot there.“

Vikram, who had to lose over 25kg to play the hunchback character in the film, remarked that fasting for a role is not a bother, if the role is interesting enough. The actor added that everyone around him started feeling a little awkward when he was losing weight. “They started asking me why I was even trying out such drastic things. So, I avoided going out to any event. I did not even meet my fans during this time and I thank them for standing by me,“ he said.


AR Rahman performed to a medley of his favourite songs from Shankar's films, from Oorvai Oorvasi to Columbus Columbus, Adhiradikkaran and Irumbile at the event. And while he was singing the last one, his wife Saira Banu, who was in the audience, stood up and started dancing. She even blew a kiss to her husband. It was a surprise for everyone present to witness this romantic, or should we say Rahmantic, side of the usually demure Saira.

Credits : TimesOfIndia / Chennai Times

'i' Motion Poster reaches a Milestone!

Written By Chiyaan CVF on Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 5:44 PM

'Chiyaan' Vikram's 'I' motion poster was released day before yesterday, the 11th of September with minimal fuzz. But the response for the poster has been colossal to say the least.The motion poster of ‘I’ is eye catchy and was instantly well received.

It has crossed half a million views in less than one and half days, and doesn’t look like slowing down either and might even cross the one million mark in a day or two.

When a motion poster gets such a tremendous response, imagine how would the trailer be recieved? With the audio releasing on Monday, the expectation of I is sure to grow even more

'i' Audio Launch Posters

'Chiyaan' Vikram's 'i' Audio launch Posters in leading English and Tamil Newspapers

All Systems Go For Arnold | DC

Ever since this paper first reported that iconic actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was to come to Chennai for the audio launch of the film 'i' excitement around his visit has been at fever-pitch.

Producer Aascar Ravichandran's been quite tight-lipped about the mega event, scheduled for September 15, sharing only the minutest details, but as always, we bring you all the info from sources in the production house.

The former governer of California, accompanied by an entourage of 8 people, will be flying to Hong Kong, from where they will board a chartered flight into Chennai.

The production house approached all the big star hotels in the city, and it's the Leela Palace that bagged the high-profile visit. However, the hotel management says that the booking has not been confirmed yet. It is heard that Aascar is personally looking into additional private security. In addition to an elaborate list of requirements, special food menus have been requested.

Talking about the performances, apart from dances by Vikram and Amy Jackson, a surprise element is believed to be a special number by Prabhu Dheva. Around 15,000 invites were printed for the event to be held at Nehru Indoor Stadium and from what is being heard, it's going to be a spectacular Show.

Credits : Deccan Chronicle / Chennai Times


Written By Chiyaan CVF on Friday, September 12, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to meet chief minister J Jayalalithaa during his visit to Chennai on September 15, when he will be launching the audio of director Shankar's upcoming film I.

Says the film's producer Aascar Ravichandran, “ Arnold has been the governor of California and has heard about the TN CM. So, he is keen to meet her while he is here in Chennai. Arnold's team has sent a request to the chief minister's office regarding the same.“

Meanwhile, the Hollywood superstar will meet our own Superstar Rajinikanth at the audio launch of the film. “Rajini sir is India's superstar and he has agreed to be part of the event. It is exciting for us to have two big superstars on the same stage,“ says the producer.

Revealing his plans for the audio launch, Aascar says that the event will not be like the usual launches and will be more like a stage show. “International bubble artist Ana Yang, a Guinness World Record holder, will be performing as part of the event. AR Rahman will present the songs from the film as a concert. We are also bringing down Weta Workshop artists who have worked on the film to do the makeup for the background dancers, who will perform wearing the actual costumes from the songs.There will be a fashion show by the film's costume designer. In addition to this, there will be another performance, which will be the surprise element of the show,“ he says.

Credits : Times OF India / Chennai Times

Exlusive ‘I’ – Motion Poster

Catch the first glimpse of Chiyaan Vikram’s ‘I’ directed by Shankar. Watch the motion poster of the A.R Rahman musical and get ready for September 15. 

Movie - I
Director - Shankar
Producer - V. Ravichandran
Starring - Vikram, Amy Jackson
Music - A. R. Rahman
Cinematography - P. C. Sreeram
Editor - Anthony
Banner - Aascar Film (P) Ltd.
Music Label - Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.

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