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

Written By Chiyaan Vikram on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 8:06 AM

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
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