project will be led from the front by Soundarya
Rajnikanth, who has already handled the
animation and effects work in her father’s
Baba and Chandramukhi. Known to be a smart
techie, no wonder she would bring forth
her father’s unique ‘ishtyle’
in an entertaining manner especially for
the kids. "I am extremely thrilled
to say that an animated full-length feature
film, featuring an Indian icon, which has
never been attempted before, has been taken
up jointly by us," said Soundarya.
is not new to the technique of animation.
Way back in 1988, in one of his films, Raja
Chinna Roja, a small sequence in one of
the songs had him and his band of child
companions featured along with animation
characters like birds and animals in the
forest. It was the first such attempt in
Tamil cinema and interestingly, it was an
AVM film. The producers had made a pioneering
attempt even when technology was not available
here. Now, the times have changed dramatically.
AVM is producing Sivaji and tech-savvy Shankar
is at the helm. Therefore, Kollywood is
excited with speculations that there could
be a technical blitzkrieg in Sivaji and
soon there would be some announcements in
this regard. Watch these columns carefully
could be some interesting spin offs from
this project. If it turns out to be commercially
successful (we do not have any doubts about
it!), then we can see interviews of Nayantaras
or Trishas saying that they would love to
be cast opposite Rajini’s cartoon
image. They would also not mind being featured
as it gives them additional spotlight without
any effort or call sheet. Can they find
any other way to lure the audience of the
20-something age group?
it could force our other heroes to follow
suit. We would then have a whole lot of
animation films with these heroes speaking
and going about in the wholly exaggerated
manner of the cartoon format. Imagine Simbu’s
deep voice or Vijay’s dulcet drone
being stretched in such films. Producers
would jump onto the bandwagon, although
animation films are very expensive to make.
But, it would be hassle-free as they need
not haggle over call sheet mix-ups or star
tantrums. Also, it would be a hi-tech affair
with designers, animators and graphics operators
racking their brains for true-to-life images.
The day is not far off when we have duets,
fights and punch dialogues instead of the
usual Tom and Jerry shows…..Howzzat?