By: Settu Shankar
Friday, March 30, 2007
Do you remember the luxurious bus used for Kazhugu, a Rajini starred film in the 80's? That bus has many facilities like kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, mini parking area and a conference room. Rajini had used that bus for his honeymoon trip. In the climax, the luxurious bus is burnt down by the villain group. Later, Panchu Arunachalam said that that bus had really been set on fire to make the scene more natural.
The same bus has been staged again for the Super Star's latest mega film Shivaji. This time, AVM has made the bus more than a caravan with super luxuries, including a mini theater, a satellite connected conference hall, medical amenities and 4 bedrooms. According to AVM sources, the bus was made in Australia and costs lakhs of rupees. As per the story, Rajini is shot at by the villains before climax. His friend Raguvaran immediately takes Rajini to this luxurious bus and gets him treated by specialist doctors to save him. Till the time Rajini gets well, the bus keeps circling the city without halting at any place. After being cured from his wounds, Rajini takes the villains in his stride, and finishes them off. In all these scenes, the luxurious bus also comes along with Rajini. Now the shooting is over and the bus has been parked near the Chettiar bungalow of AVM studios. Cinema people visit the place regularly, and are surprised at the make and the facilities inside the bus.
Now the shooting of Shivaji is coming to an end, and AVM has decided to sell the bus. After knowing this, many VIPs from the industry have approached AVM to purchase the bus. To avoid any further competition, AVM has decided to sell the bus through auction.
A few days ago, the Shivaji unit burnt Rs.6.5 cr dummy currency notes in the AVM premises. The notes, printed at Sivakasi, were meant for use in some important scenes of Shivaji. The cost of these notes came to around Rs.10 lakhs!