First day of shooting
I've been a big fan of Rajnikanth since my younger days. Watching a Rajni film is akin to watching a Superman or Spiderman film. In Sivaji, you will find Shankar's concern for society, Rajnikanth's style, action and comedy too. I would say it is a complete Rajni film by Shankar.
You wouldn't believe it, but we did a make up test with Rajnikanth. And he was so humble about it.
After all the pre-production work and talks we started shooting in December 2005. I can't say I was nervous on the first day of the shoot. He had seen my first film Thenmavin Kombathu and appreciated my work. As you know, it was remade in Tamil as Muthu. He had also appreciated my work in Kakhee.
The first day shoot was the Vaaji song, which we shot at Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad. The sets by Thotta Tharani (National award winning art director) was awesome. Rajni was dressed like a king and the song was fantastic. We shot it for eight days in Super 35.
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