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					Scene 1: Chennai Mount Road.
                                                          The boss is here!
                                       sister that he needs to take the day     Rehman who needs to prove that        wondering what the opening shot         Arunachalam (1997) for the 12th
The bus rumbles by and you take a      off to see first day first show of the     he has to follow up Guru with         of the Rajini introduction scene        time), city theatres are taking
second look at the ad on its behind    superstar’s film. But is confused         a creditable score, the producer      will be, and older people enjoying      extra precautions to avoid any
– is that the superstar with blond     about the date of release – May          AVM who can take credit for           the lilting melody of Sahana an         unpleasant scenes. Many smaller
hair? Another bus and you see a        17th or June 8th?                        being a vital force in building the   Sahaara.                                film producers and directors have
young looking Rajini reminiscent                                                superstar’s invincible hero image                                             put off the release of their film
of his Johnny days smiling down        Scene 8: The drawing room of             and of course the superstar himself   To those of us who closely follow       owing to the fact that most of the
at you. Is it possible for a 52 year   a retired IAS officer. He scans           who needs a huge hit to go out        Tamil cinema, this summer is            theatres have been booked for
old to look this young?                the Hindu report on Sivaji that          with a bang if his indications of     sizzling with the buzz on Kamal         the superstar’s latest. Theatres
                                       claims this is Rajini’s 100th Tamil      retiring from herodom are indeed      Hassan’s Dasavadharam, with the         are gearing up for the crowds in
Scene 2: A net café in Chennai         film. He tells his son “ I thought        true this time.                       actor donning ten roles and the         advance bookings and current
- two women in their thirties are      Raghavendra was his 100th                                                      Superstar looking trim and trendy       bookings too, now that AVM has
giggling excitedly at the stills       film”. Son replies “Appa, they            This time, the hype and secrecy       in Sivaji, The Boss in a new avatar     officially announced today that the
of Rajini and Shreya in a song         would have taken into account all        that has surrounded the movie has     yet invoking his good old style         film is releasing on May 31st.
sequence in Sivaji, The Boss. One      language and dubbed films then to         been enormous. Rumours abound         and verve.
loves his king get up; the other       say that was his 100th film. Now          about reshoots of several scenes                                              The fans will plan meticulously to
prefers his new blond look and         they must be strictly talking about      and song sequences after sneak        Shankar has a stupendous record         ensure that the release is celebrated
psychedelic clothes “It’s designed     Tamil language films only…”                                                          with all his films being            with fanfare and paraphernalia
by Manish Malhotra”, she coos.                                                                                             box office hits except the          that mark a superstar film release.
                                       Scene 9: LV Prasad film & TV                                                         disastrous Boys (2003).            There are the usual stories of
Scene 3: Near Madurai temple.          Academy. The students are                                                           With his penchant for              groups of Japanese fans arriving
Balelaika is blaring on the radio      discussing about the fact that this                                                 dealing with issues that           for the first day’s shows. Critics
in the tea shop… the shop owner        is a combination that will work.                                                    directly impact the common         will vie with each other to be the
nods to the beat as he continues to    Shankar, a director with a huge                                                     man in a dramatic way,             first to review and comment on the
do his serving trick with the tea,     success track, AR Rehman with                                                       the plot line of Sivaji with       film, newspapers and magazines
pausing now and then to push his       his eclectic beats that are already                                                 the focus on Rajini as an          will continue with the onslaught
hair back à la Rajini.                 making waves among young and                                                        educationist revolutionizing       of Sivaji, The Boss features and
                                       old alike and the unchallenged                                                      the education system in            details while TV channels will
Scene 4: The room of a teenager        superstar Rajinikanth in a different                                                TN will be once again be           go all out with Sivaji, The Boss
in Tiruchi. Three 14 year old boys     look.                                                                               topical and help draw in the       specials and promos from now.
are working on a comp putting                                                                                              crowds.                            The fun is just beginning and it
together a design for the hoarding     Scene 10: In an auto near                                                                                              looks like whatever the outcome,
they plan to put up outside the        Harrington Road. As Rajini looks                                                      Rajinikanth has fuelled          our sage superstar will have the
theatre “Machan Indha Photo            down at us smilingly from a                                                           ideas about retirement with      last laugh. Just as the lines in the
Podalaam; Thalkaivar Superaa           Sivaji hoarding, the conductor                                                        his earlier films such as         film’s most popular song Style go,
Irukkaaru!” (Hey man, lets use         announces “AVM Sollitangappa,                                                         Baba and his usual jaunts
this photo, the leader looks           Thalaivar Padam definite - a May                                                       to the Himalayas. With the       Adikadi Mudi Kalaivadhum
superb!)                               31st release.”                           footage was released on the net as           title of this film being his      Ss..ttt..yy..le, Pada Pada Pechum
                                                                                early as June last year. Three of     real name (for the benefit of the        Ss..ttt..yy..Le Gada Gada
Scene 5: Anna Nagar Round              For a Rajini film, such scenes are        the songs on the net were available   ones who are not in the know:           Nadapathum Ss..ttt..yy..Le, Kada
Tana Traffic Signal. The White          run of the mill. In fact, this is just   to eager fans prior to the official    Rajinikanth was born Shivaji Rao        Kada Siruppadhum Ss..ttt..yy..le
Hoarding stands out with its stark     the beginning of the frenzy. This        release. One audio engineer           Gaekwad), whispers have begun           … (His hair ruffles in style,
black sentence: “Is Sivaji Rajini’s    is quite usual before a Rajini film.      died at a party to celebrate the      as usual that this will be his final     his staccato speech is style, his
last film?” This has been put up        But more so this time round since        completion of the movie in which      bow on the silver screen and he         quick mincing steps are style,
by a Tamil daily Dinamalar to          the last Rajini film Chandramukhi         all those associated with the         plans to do so with a bang a mega       his rhythmic laughter is style for
promote its story on the film.          (2005) was seen as not really                                                  box office having ensured the            millions in TN and the world over)
                                       a true Rajini film. After all, for                 REVIEW                       buzz and all the ingredients his
Scene 6: Raghavendra                   about half the film he was not            making of the film took part. It       fans look forward too including         Dr. Uma Vangal is a Documentary
Kalayana Mandapam. Several             on the screen. The debacle of            was immediately speculated that       the nubile young heroine Shreya         Filmmaker, Communication
fan association secretaries            Baba (2002) is also fresh in some        he had been murdered because          that will reinforce his virile screen   Consultant and Assistant
have come to Chennai to meet           fans’ minds. No one wants even           he had been involved in the           presence.                               Professor, Direction at LV Prasad
Satyanarayana, the superstar’s         a shadow of defeat to fall on this       unauthorized leak of the songs.                                               Film & TV Academy, Chennai.
lieutenant to discuss the run up to    venture. Considering that many           Inspite of all this confusion, the    Having had previous experiences         Having studied Tamil film songs
Sivaji release. There is an air of     lives depend on this film and its         music of the film is a roaring         with Rajini film releases,               for her Ph.D. in Communication,
suppressed expectation.                success and many reputations             success with children tapping         some quite horrendous ( when            she is a film studies scholar, an
                                       are on the line including Director       their feet to Boss and Adhiradee,     angry fans set the theatre on           avid filmgoer and an occasional
Scene 7: The premises of a bank.       Shankar who has to live up to the        the younger people swinging to        fire after the owner refused to          film critic.
The sweeper is grumbling to my         success of Anniyan (2005), AR            Balalaika and Vaaji Vaaji Sivaji,     repeat the introduction song in                                - Upperstall




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