finishing the dubbing schedules for
the first half of Sivaji, Rajini,
Shankar, Shreya and the crew are traveling
to the US after Pongal for canning
certain vital sequences. The crew
will be stationed in the US for four
days, it is learnt. Earlier last week,
as reported by us, Rajini has been
busy with the dubbing in AVM studios.
Sources suggest that mixing, background score,
and editing for first half of the movie has
been completed. The movie was screened for Rajini
who expressed his gratification over the output,
especially the comedy scenes with Vivek.
The Sivaji unit comprising of 15 including Rajini,
Shankar, Shreya will tentatively leave Chennai
on the 16th of January. When the crew returns
after the shoot, dubbing and mixing for the
second half will be carried out.
The movie sold at a rate of Rs. 3 crore and
10 lakhs in Kerala has set the cat among the
pigeons with a great rush for rights in other
states like Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka.
Andhra is expected to fetch much higher prices
as it’s always been a strong forte of
There is also stiff competition for the Hindi
dubbing rights and overseas rights including
the much priced North America, Europe &
Japan areas. The biggest distributors of these
segments are showing great interest in bagging
the prestigious project.
“Why is the deal fixed in Kerala alone?
Kerala is one of the smallest segment in the
business and by completing the deal on it, is
the production team sending some kind of signals
to the other bigger players?” asks a trade
analyst. “The Kerala deal can well be
a master stroke. There was a point when AVM
was contemplating of selling the entire suite
of rights to one single company and no one was
coming forward. Now there might be a change
in the plan of action and this deal will set
the balls rolling with everyone trying to jump
into the ring”, he adds.
With the movie getting into its final schedule
and the competition for distribution rights
heating up, it’s just the beginning!