By: Settu Shankar
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Shankar- Tamil Cinema's grandest filmmaker yet - will return from the US today after a month long vacation. But before his arrival, gossip has been doing its rounds about his next film. According to some Kollywood sources, Shankar is finally starting work on his ambitious pet project Robo (i.e Robot), a science fiction thriller. Guess...who will be the hero? Ajith or Kamal...? No, it is Bollywood action hero Hrithik Roshan.
One of the assistants of he director casually let the cat out of the bag and told us a few secrets about the director's next film. According to him, the director has already decided on his next film. The same will be produced by Adlabs, Reliance's film branch. Since the plot of the story is completely science based, there will be a lot of graphics involved - the sets will be grand too.
The producer might have to be willing to spend money never before. Shankar thought that only a corporate film company can do this. The story is not very new to Tamilians. It has been written by Sujatha a few years back as a serial in a Magazine. It was titled 'En Iniya Iyanthira' (My Dear Machine).
According to the sources, the director will refine the story and convert it into a script - and usual he will add his own special effects. The story is set in Chennai in 3050 AD. It will have traveling in a time machine it. Do you have any suggestions and twists that you could add to this plot? A politics, science, crime or love twist? This is allegedly the special power of Robo.
Shankar had actually planned to go ahead with this in 2003 with Kamal Hassan. But some differences between the two forced them to drop the project. Also, the director would like to have an Indian actor with an international appeal to play the films lead role. In Tamil, Superstar Rajinikanth is the only actor with overseas business value - this has been proved with the success of his latest block buster Shivaji.
Since the project would be cost around 100 Cr rupees, the director would like to rope in a Bollywood stars for his dream project. The success of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish may convince the director to choose Hrithik Roshan to play Robo. Adlabs, the corporate film company which has already blocked the dates of Hrithik Roshan for their next venture, has come forward to produce the film. They are expected to have talks with the director this week. AR Rahman will be the composer to this film also.
Hrithik Roshan - Shankar - A.R.Rahman... How is this new combination? Chumma Adhiruthilla!