that the Sun Network group has bought the
overseas and televisions rights of the yet
to be completed Sivaji has raised a storm
in the motion picture trade circles.
Both the Sun TV and the Producers,
AVM, came out quickly to deny the
reports. In a joint statement issued
by Hansraj Saxena, Sun TV’s
Programme Director, and M Saravanan
and MS Guhan of AVM Productions,
they have said that there has never
been such a deal. “Sivaji
business process is yet to start.
The movie has not even been completed.
There is no truth behind the rumours,”
said both the parties.
In this context it must be remembered that
Chandramukhi satellite rights were grabbed
by Sun TV group at a whopping amount just
to out do their rival, the Jaya TV. On screen
or on television, Rajini’s movies
are a gold mine. His movies do extremely
well in countries as diverse as South Africa
and Australia. Chandramukhi did a record
business of $2.5 million in overseas market
alone. At an interview, speaking about the
Indian film industry waking up to global
market, famous Bollywood filmmaker Ramesh
Sippy said that Chandramukhi would hit the
Japanese screens in August and European
screens by November. In Japan, Rajini has
a large fan following and the movie is expected
to do well. With Rajini’s global presence,
it is no wonder that his movies are making
business even before they are completed.
If Sun TV and AVM have made a joint statement,
it looks like they are into it together