Narayanan interview in Singapore Media "The New Paper"
22 June 2007
star is no young hunk, but...
He makes more than Shah Rukh
By Sheela Narayanan
IT HAS been a week since the much-anticipated Tamil
blockbuster of the year, Sivaji (The Boss), hit cinemas.
(Below) Rajinikanth (complete with wig) rocks in Sivaji.
the actor looks in real life. But hysteria over the film
has yet to abate.
Tickets for the film - which stars Tamil cinema's
57-year-old megastar, Rajinikanth cost a hefty $15 each.
But they're still selling like hotcakes at GVYishun and
the Plaza Theatre in Jalan Sultan.
Sivaji was released on 14 Jun and is being shown on an
estimated 750 screens from Singapore to the US.
Local distributor Ayngaran International could not
provide the figures for Sivaji's takings for the opening
In Malaysia, the film has to date collected RM1.5
at the box office.
Mr Boban Balakrishnan of Pyramid Saimira Group, the
Malaysian distributor, told The New Straits Times: 'The
movie has surpassed viewers' expectations. We are
looking at collecting up to RM15m in
another five or six weeks time.'
In India, fans booked tickets for the movie two weeks in
And it's all due to Rajinimania.
The star, whose real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, has
charmed millions of fans by playing the street-smart
anti-hero and rabble rouser. The former bus conductor is
also the highest paid actor in India with a salary of
160 million rupees.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan earns between 70 and
80 million rupees according to trade sources, cited The
In Sivaji, Rajinikanth plays a rich Indian from the US
who wants to do something good for the poor and the
With three hours to fill, there will be the usual
potboiler devices of a romance, plenty of songs composed
by maestro ARRahman and dances in multiple locations
around the world.
There is also a villain who will put obstacles in his
way and plenty of fight scenes (with the necessary
Local fan Raj Narayan, 38, a director in a software
company, told The New Paper he has watched the film
three times so far and is planninganother trip to the
He said: 'It's fabulous entertainment. He is 57 years
old, but he looks like he is in his 30s in the film. The
makeup was fantastic.'
According to the Indian newspaper Business Standard,
French hairstylist Sandrine Verrier Seth was tasked to
come up with different hairstyles to make Rajnikanth
look younger in the film.
Mr Raj, who also runs a Rajinikanth website with some
fans called Rajinifans.com, estimates that
there are about 200 Singapore fans
registered on the site with another 12,000 around the
Sivaji, made on a 650 million-rupee ($25m) budget, is
be the most expensive Indian film, beating Shah Rukh
Khan's 2002 film Devdas, which cost 500 million rupees.
Business Standard reported that Rajinikanth is using the
hysteria around Sivaji to promote his next film, Sultan
The Warrior, a 3D animated feature produced by Adlabs
and his daughter Soundarya's
company, Ocher Studios.
It will be made in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.