The music launch of Shivamani starring Sri Murali and Sharmila Mandre was conducted at Pai Viceroy Hotel, Bangalore, with director Amranath conspicuously abstaining from the event. The mysterious absence of Amarnath ignited rumours that something is going wrong between the producer and the director.
Earlier, the producers had accused that Amranath was recklessly spending and wasting a lot of money. However, it was later explained that the director is unwell and is taking rest at his home. Ashok Pai, while speaking on the occasion, praised the efforts of Amarnath and music director Veera Samarth.
The music was released by Ambarish who attended the function along with his wife, former actress Sumalatha. The entire Pai family was present in the neatly-arranged function. Sri Murali was honoured with a new title 'Action Star' which he accepted gracefully, thanking the producers and other members of the unit.