Oops… Really tired… Shoot went continuously till March 15th. I’m really happy to see that we’ve completed 2/3rd of the movie including four songs, three action sequences and a lot of scenes which are shot around China, Bangkok, Jodhpur, Kodaikanal, Pollachi and Chennai.
The most exciting thing happened is, ‘Weta Workshop’ of ‘Avatar’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ & ‘Hobbit’ fame and run by Richard Taylor & Peter Jackson, is taking an important part in our film in the special make up department. Like Stan Winston Studios played a major role in ‘Enthiran’, Weta is doing in ‘i’.
As a beginning we shot a song in which Vikram had a special make up done by Weta Workshop artist Sean Foot, and Vikram did a top class performance with it. Weta has done a fantastic job which is going to be something new for Indian cinema. And that was a wonderful song composed by AR Rahman, lyrics by Kabilan, choreographed by Bosco-Caesar and shot in a magnificent set erected by our own art director Muthuraj which is stunningly filmed by our master PC Sir. Our producer Ravi sir who’s an ardent lover of songs spent a lot for this one, which is really going to be worth watching I believe. And the balance 1/3rd of the movie will be full ‘N full Weta Workshop’s craft.
Many of you had asked me whether we had recreated China in Kodaikanal, and if the budget of the movie is 150 crores. In China we had got permissions for all the locations we wanted and had finished shooting as per our plan. Kodaikanal scenes are entirely different from China portions, and the budget will be less than 100 crores.
When I was shooting in Bangkok I lost my important technician and family friend, VFX supervisor Venki who worked with me and created magic in ‘Chikku bukku raile’, ‘Mukkala muqabla’, ‘Indian’, ‘Kannodu kanbathellam’ & ‘Mudhalvan’. He’s the first one who created revolution in VFX in Indian cinema and has won four national awards. My deepest condolences for his family.
Catch you soon!