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Kamal’s Avatar starts today with 100 elephants…
The much awaited visual extravaganza of the year ‘Dasavatharam’ will kick off from today, Friday, August 18, 2006 at Muttukadu, near Neelangarai in the ECR. As you might well remember – the fastest news carriers that we are – we carried a report on the commencement of the shoot in our earlier article.

Dasavatharam will see Kamal Hassan in 10 different roles which are unseen so far in his vibrant career.
Asin will play his lead lady while Bollywood hottie and heartthrob of millions of movie buffs, Mallika Sherawat is roped in for a negative role. With irresistible features and not to mention Kamal in 10 roles, the movie is slated to be the biggest attraction of this year.

An inch-by-inch replica of the Airavatheeswarar temple, originally in Darasuram in Kumbakonam is constructed in Muttukkadu by noted art director Samir Chanda where the shooting commences today.
The highlight of the set being the painstaking effort of 500 technicians sacrificing their sleep for 15 days at a stretch to construct the set to resemble the temple, covering every minuscule detail including the intricate crafted patterns of the gopurams. The movie was earlier planned to be shot at the original temple and later the decision was changed resulting in the construction of the set, an industry source revealed.

Gauthami heads the costume designing department – (earlier the sole responsibility of Kamal’s costumes was ex Sarika, who incidentally is this year’s prospective national award winner) and holds responsibility of donning 10 different Kamal in one single movie. We hope Gauthami comes out with flying colors in her new avatar. K.S. Ravikumar heads the direction of this most exciting movie bonanza of the year.
Kamal’s intro!!

We have all seen Tamil movies and no other scene that creates more excitement than the one in which the hero makes his introductory appearance. What more, if the hero is in the league of the top stars, then the audience will go wild. ‘Intro’, as these scenes are fondly called by the fans provides the initial impact on which a movie lifts off into a higher plane. We have seen all kinds of ‘Intros’, crackers bursting, a song replete with lyrics bordering on heroism, a stunning fight sequence followed by a punch line, we have seen it all.
But wait, the man who has never failed to surprise us is just about to give us of the most stunning and grand ‘Intros’ ever seen in Tamil cinema, or should we say world cinema. Eager to know what it is all about, keep reading…
Kamal is set to appear as typical Brahmin for the schedule in Muttukadu today. It is the proposed intro scene for this character that is making the news. According to reports, director K.S. Ravikumar plans to draft in an unprecedented 100 elephants for this scene. That’s right, no typo errors here, it is 100 elephants. Where will they come from? One does not know, but it is sure that once Kamal and K.S.R decide upon something, they get it done.
100 elephants; 25 doctors; 150 caretakers
This is not the list of animals and people who will be going to Mudumalai this year for the annual elephant rejuvenation programme. This is the list of those who will be present at Muttukadu. 25 doctors will accompany the elephants to determine their health condition and make sure that nothing goes wrong. They will be assisted by the 150 caretakers. The 25 doctors will reportedly issue certificates of fitness for each and every elephant before the shooting commences. At the end of the shooting, they will again assess the elephant for any telltale signs of maltreatment or torture.
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