It was wonderful meeting up with Rajni:Amitabh

The audio of The Robot, the Hindi version of the Tamil film Endhiran, was launched at a glittering function in Mumbai on Saturday evening. Hindi Super star Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend  of Rajinikanth, got a little nostalgic at the event. He Says, “It was wonderful meeting up with Rajni — Rajinikanth to many, and to be a part of this wonderful event. It is one of the most expensive films ever made in India and has been directed by Shankar, an incredible talent from Chennai.

The film of course is in Tamil but it has a Hindi version too as well as a Telugu version and it looks stunning! A lovely well conducted exciting evening, with some of the most incredible talent on stage — A.R. Rahman, Rajni, Aishwarya, Resul Pookutty, Danny Denzongpa and a host of other celebrities.

Amitabh has showered praises on the south Indian film industry’s level of discipline and professionalism. “I have always admired the discipline and order in which the south Indian film Industry conducts itself. And admired too, the efforts it makes in trying out new and fresh ideas. The bank of their talent is immense, but always has been humble and down to earth about it. The great studio system in Chennai can never be forgotten in the days of the late 50’s and 60’s. In those years there were many of us in Mumbai and the so-called North that went across to make films there. Remakes were a fashion and they had their own success ratios. But what had impressed me most was their administration, planned conduct and efficiency.

Gemini Studios, AVM, Nagi Reddy, Prasad Studios, giants of the South and such wonderful memories filled up with our association with them and in their vast surroundings. I visited those areas again recently when working on Paa and was a bit distressed to find large scale real estate constructions occupying these facilities. Not entirely but, substantially. The area had a quiet exclusivity about it, not anymore. But they still make great films.”


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