The talk of the town right now is Kabali, and hence it is only fair to share with you the top 10 facts about the Rajinikanth-starrer that might surprise you greatly, for these facts are as intriguing as it can get.
Fact 1: Ranjith wasn't exactly happy about directing Kabali
When Ranjith narrated the story of Kabali to Rajinikanth, the star actor was satisfied with the storyline before finalizing his next director. But the Madras film-maker could not experience the 'happy moment' to the fullest when he was walking out of Rajinikanth's house.
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The Intro Scene
Rajinikanth's introduction scene in the movie is said to hover around 1 minute and 30 seconds. The entire scene will be in slow motion, much to the delight of fans, who are expected to hoot and whistle throughout the scene.
No 'Neruppu Da' Song In The Movie
According to a report, the much loved 'Neruppu Da' song has not been placed in the movie. Instead, the song will be played during the closing credits. It might be used as a pep up number throughout the film.
Though Rajinikanth was confident about Ranjith's directorial skills, he wasn't sure if Kabali will be liked by his fans. Rajinikanth was apprehensive during the entire making process, until he saw the final cut of the film.
Race Against Time
Editor Praveen KL had revealed that Kabali is a race-against-time kind of a film. Hence the screenplay is expected to be racy with enough twists and turns.
Rajinikanth's Best Performance
Unlike Rajinikanth's recent flicks, Kabali is a performance-oriented film and those who have worked on it have said the star actor has given one of his best performances till date. Will Kabali hand Rajinikanth his first National Award for acting?
The Climax Trouble
Producer 'Kalaipuli' S Thanu & Soundarya R Ashwin weren't happy with the climax of the film. However, Rajinikanth asked Ranjith not to change anything as he felt the climax was apt for the story.
Highlight Of The Film
Rajinikanth is playing his own age for the first time. It is said that he shot for 75 days sporting his stylish grey beard, which is expected to be one of the highlights of Kabali.
All the stunts performed in the movie are portrayed in a realistic manner. Even the car drift shown in the teaser was done by Rajinikanth himself.
"I could not enjoy the happy moment as the responsibility and expectations of fulfilling Rajini's belief in me, bothered me," the relatively new director told Deccan Chronicle.
Also, more than being happy, Ranjith was surprised after bagging the project as he wasn't planning to direct Rajinikanth, for his style of film-making is entirely different from what we usually see in a Rajinikanth-starrer.
"I never planned to make a film with Rajini sir because my genres are totally different. So when Soundarya called and said that my name was being considered, I was really surprised. But she said he loved my film 'Madras'," Ranjith has said.
Fact 2: When Rajinikanth was made to go for many retakes
Working in Kabali might have been a different experience for Rajinikanth as the actor was used to satisfying his directors with just a single take in the last 40 years or so.
But Kabali was different and Rajinikanth might've been taken by surprise as he wouldn't have expected a young director like Ranjith to make him go for retakes.
"Sir (Rajinikanth) may have been used to filmmakers who would have said okay to his performance even in the first shot itself. But I could not do that. There are scenes when I have gone for many retakes to get the right feel. But sir did not mind and would do it till I say okay.
Sometimes, in the combination shots, other artistes would have goofed up. Still he would start from the beginning. All said and done, there were many superb scenes he okayed in a single take," Ranjith told the leading daily.
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