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Rajini refuses imitating the Big B!

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By: Settu Shankar
Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's time for celebration for every ardent fan of the superstar Rajinikanth! Yes… the undisputed emperor of the Indian box office is back on the floors of the AVM Studios for the Hindi version of his Shivaji. Though it will be a dubbed movie, the super star is concentrating on this project, as if it were a remake version. Many scenes, including some action blocks which take place in the post intermission reels require to be reshot for the Hindi version.

The most important thing is Rajini's acceptance to dub in his own voice for the Hindi version too. This is the first time that the actor has accepted to dub in his voice for a dubbed movie in his 30 years long career. In fact, he did not lend his voice for the Telugu version of Shivaji which was released simultaneously along with Tamil.

A new song will also be shot for the Hindi version. In the original Tamil version, Rajnikant impersonated Tamil cinema stalwarts like MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Hassan in a song. At the end of the song, the rocking number 'Athiradikkaran...' starts.

Now the crew is planning to shoot the song in a similar way, but with a few new getups that would suit the taste of the Hindi audience. The superstar will be impersonating Hindi stalwarts like Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan in this song. Earlier, the director had requested the actor to appear like Big B in a scene. But the super star politely refused, and instead said that he would like to impersonate Shammi Kapoor. Later Rajini said that he had great respect for the Bollywood superstar Big B, and doing so might cause some ruffled feathers in the north.

The AVM sources say, "The song will begin with black and white sets with Rajnikanth making an appearance as Dev Anand and Shreya as the yesteryear actress, Sadhana. The tune is based on a popular song of Dev Anand with Sadhana. The second part of the song will have an Eastman colour block, wherein Rajnikanth will be impersonating Shammi Kapoor along with Shreya as Saira Banu. The third and final part will have the superstar doing the King Khan as in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and Shreya as Kajol from the same film. In most of the scenes, Rajini is giving lots of tips about the classic hits of the above said stalwarts to director Shankar, which is helping him frame the scenes perfectly.

When our correspondent asked the CEO of AVM, S.C.Babu, about the process of Shivaji's Hindi version, he said: "When we conveyed our idea of the Hindi dubbing to Rajini sir, he appeared elated, and gave many ideas for the betterment of the film. He has given a week's call sheet for reshoot of some of the scenes. Now it seems that the whole film has a brand new look and style with the rocking voice of the superstar. The company must thank the legendary hero at this juncture!"

He further said that the film will be released with the same title Shivaji –The Boss and is expected to be released before or after Diwali to avoid any competition.

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