Enthiran 2 – The Robot to Feature Superstar Rajinikanth Battle With Arnold Schwarzenegger of Terminator Fame


Superstar Rajinikanth, the South Indian superstar, will battle with Terminator-fame and the former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Robot sequel dubbed Robot 2.

If this information is true, then Arnold will be making his first appearance in Indian films and fans seem thrilled to bits with the news.

The Hollywood star, famous for his role as an indestructible Android robot in the Terminator series, is expected to be seen as a rogue robot in Robot – 2, director Shankar’s upcoming grandiose venture.

The director confirmed that Arnie, as he is fondly referred to, will be in India for 25 days during January 2016 and his shooting schedule has been locked around Rajinikanth’s schedule. Arnold was also seen at the audio release function of Shankar’s Vikram-starrer, ‘I’.

The prequel of Enthiran 2 was called Robot or Enthiran and featured Rajinikanth in a double role; one as a brilliant scientist and another one as a robot, Chitti who turns against the scientist. Robot bagged two National Awards including for Best Production Design and for Best Special Effects.  Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan played his love interest in Robot which was named ‘Enthiran’ in Tamil.

Enthiran or Robot was said to be the most expensive Indian film made till SS Rajamouli released his magnum opus ‘Baahubali’ which broke this record and also sent box office registers ringing to record highs. Shankar is now looking to get back that number one position with his Robot – 2, the sci-fi drama, in which Rajinikanth will be reprising his role.

Rajinikanth’s another highly-anticipated movie that is in the making is ‘Kabali’ where he plays the role of an underworld don. The shooting for ‘Kabali’ is reportedly taking place in Chennai studios. Moreover, some sequences are scheduled to be shot in Malaysia too. The director, PA Ranjith, has indicated that Rajinikanth will not come across as the quintessential showman and superstar that his fans know him for in Kabali. Instead, his well-known yet forgotten acting skills will be brought to the fore, he added.

PA Ranjith intends to show fans that Rajinikanth can pull off a character closer to his age as wonderfully well as he can deliver ostentatious one-liner punch dialogues while effortlessly tackling a host of baddies in a fight sequence.

Superstar Rajinikanth Plans to go the Amitabh Way with His Next Movie Kabali

Before you get into knowing more about ‘Kabali’, it is important to be ready to face the inevitable change. Superstar image has consumed Rajinikanth and the actor opines that it’s time to come out of it.

It has been far too many years and even though it is unclear whether the audience likes to see Rajini in something different or not, directors and distributors are definitely not going to change things. Because of this common issue that has prevailed for over a decade, it looks he is going to break his stardom for the first time and go back to the times of ‘Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai’.

One of the most significant changes that fans and audience can expect to see in Kabali is Rajinikanth’s role. It is going to portray him as an old man which is true in real life, but was never showcased on screen, even in his last venture ‘Linga’. It has always been fake makeups with wigs and romancing the heroine at 60 a la Sivaji.

Rajinikanth is going to be really daring this time around to break the image circle that has enveloped him for many years. Kabali is going to be his wagon which is why he skipped every popular director like Vasu and Ravikumar to go with someone who’s too new for the industry. Ranjith can hardly be considered a real director except for his movie ‘Madras’, but the superstar believes in this youth to help him play roles like Amitabh.

Amitabh Bachchan in Bollywood has already played such old age roles and enjoyed immense success in movies like Shamitabh, Sarkar. In the role of a don, Rajini will look different and aged. Besides, he’s also going to get rid of the commercial formula with songs and fights.

Earlier, the team planned to shoot majority of the movie in Malaysia, but due to security constraints they are going to do it in Chennai as well with sets. The team is going to Malaysia for the first schedule and film important portions before taking care of the rest of the plot here. Besides, Rajinikanth also plays the father of two kids in their 20’s in Kabali.

It is another makeover for the actor after Annamalai to play such a mature and strong character, in terms of looks and age. If they have a powerful script as promised, Kabali will probably recreate to become the cult hit Baasha that both the fans and Rajini have been expecting for over 10 years now.

Update on Rajinikanth Movie Kabali – Malaysia Schedule Begins Oct 19, Ritwika Joins Cast

Every Superstar Rajinikanth fan all over the world is busy watching the team of ‘Kabali’ which is busy building the movie from scratch.

Ever since superstar Rajinikanth opted to rope in a young director to make his next movie, the hype train started. It surprised nearly everyone in Kollywood, because director Ranjith has just made a low budget film like ‘Attakathi’ and a hit film ‘Madras’. This is hardly a record to go with a Rajinikanth movie because there is so much business at stake surrounding his films and it is not easy to appease millions of viewers around the globe who love him the most.

The cast, which worked in ‘Madras’ is all playing vital roles in ‘Kabali’. There’s Kalaiarasan, Dinesh and now a new addition is going to be Ritwika. The actor played a memorable part in Bala’s ‘Paradesi’, after which she did another striking performance in ‘Madras’.

While she’s definitely not going to play Rajinikanth’s daughter as Dhansika is already in the role, rumors claim Ritwika will play a villainous role in ‘Kabali’. As we have no idea about the script at the moment, it is tough to guess what kind of role Director Ranjith will give her in this most anticipated flick.

The team is almost done with their work in Chennai and will soon be moving to Malaysia. The shooting is expected to commence there from October 19th. Earlier news claimed that a majority of ‘Kabali’ will be shot in Malaysia because the film has a storyline similar to Ajith’s Billa among other gangster movies.

Sources also claim that the shooting schedule in Malaysia will be wrapped up within a month as opposed to a three month schedule planned earlier. There are plenty of security risks and rules to comply when shooting in a foreign country which has made Director Ranjith’s team reduce their time spent in the country.

For now, all we can do is to continue speculating on the storyline of the movie and it’s a long way to go before the film gets released. It could probably be a Tamil new year day release, which makes sense as it is the closest festival occasion, ideal for a superstar film to hit the screens.

Release Date of Rajinikanth Movie Kabali Expected to be the 2016 Tamil New Year Day

Ever since superstar Rajinikanth announced his next project set to be directed by Pa.Ranjith of ‘Madras’ fame, the rumor mills have been really busy churning out one news after the other.

When the project was first announced, it was rumored that the untitled movie back then may get released during Pongal, 2016. However, it took more time than expected to assemble the cast and the technical team for the movie. Besides, plenty of changes to the script were made to ensure that it lived up to the expectations.

The team has commenced work and once some important scenes are done in Chennai, they will fly to Malaysia to film the rest. It is known that Rajinikanth plays the role of an old don in the movie. There are plenty of other actors in the supporting roles, including Radhika Apte, Attakathi Dinesh, Dhansika, Kalaiarasan among many others.

Recent rumors claim that ‘Kabali’ is set for release on 2016 Tamil New Year day that falls in the month of April. While we can’t confirm it yet from official sources, it is evident that the team may need a couple of months to wrap up shooting and take care of the post production work. With such short notice, the probability of a Pongal release is really less which is why the New Year release sounds more credible.

Besides, the Producers’ council has a rule in vogue which permits big star movies to launch only on important holidays and not on any Fridays as other movies do. It allows them to allocate more theaters for mid and low budget movies besides giving them an opportunity to earn income without being overshadowed by big stars like Rajini, Kamal, Ajith and Vijay.

‘Kabali’ is produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. The movie has music by Santosh Narayanan who did amazing work in films like ‘Soodhu Kaavum’ and ‘Jigarthanda’. In a recent meet, Rajinikanth confirmed that people should keep expectations low and never expect his new movie to be similar to Baasha.

It’s an evergreen gangster movie that has its own iconic position. From his speech, it’s evident that audience can look forward to something completely different. Being a mafia movie, ‘Kabali’ is going to be a treat for both Rajinikanth fans as well as the general audience who love good movies with a strong script and a stellar cast. It’s going to be a long wait, but it will definitely be worth it!

Superstar Rajinikanth Starrer Endhiran 2 Finally Sees Light of Day as Preproduction Work Commences

Rajnikanth starrer Endhiran 2 finally saw the light of day as the preproduction work for the project commenced, according to iluvcinema.

Spurred on by the humongous success of the Shankar-directed Endhiran, released in 2010, news about a sequel started floating ever since and now seems to have finally fructified.

Eminent journalist and trade tracker Sreedhar Pillai tweeted, ‘All the best to @shankarshanmugh & @srinivas_mohan for kick starting the pre-production work of #Robot2 (#Endhiran 2)’.

Sources confirmed that full-fledged preproduction work has started to facilitate Rajinikanth to start shooting for the film from February 2016, almost immediately after he wraps up his Kabali shooting schedule in January 2016. Endhiran 2 will be directed by Shankar again and produced by Lyca Productions. A. R. Rehman is set to score the music for the film.

Reports say that Shankar and Srinivas Mohan, the VFX supervisor who has worked with the director in Shivaji-The Boss and Endhiran-The Robot, are holding brainstorming sessions for the Endhiran 2 project.

Rumors rule the roost when it comes to which actress will be starring opposite Rajinikanth in Endhiran 2.

Some rumors are rife that as Endhiran 2 is a sequel to the first installment, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan may be roped in; some others are saying that Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif are being considered too. Deepika Padukone essayed the lead actress’ role in Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan which failed badly at the box office.

However, none of the rumors are confirmed as writer Jeyamohan told TOI that no other actors except Rajinikanth have been cast yet. ‘Only Thalaivar is confirmed. We are yet to begin the casting for the rest of the actors’, Jeyamohan said to TOI. It is also believed that the role of the villain in Endhiran 2 will be essayed by a Mumbai-based actor.

Sources from the film unit said that Shankar is leaving no stone unturned to make an even bigger and better project of Endhiran 2 as compared to Endhiran. Till SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali broke the record recently, Endhiran was the highest box office grosser among South Indian films. It is now believed that Shankar wants to reclaim that record with Endhiran 2.

Eagerly Awaited Rajinikanth-Starrer Kabali Commences Shooting Schedule with an Auspicious Puja Ceremony

The eagerly awaited Superstar Rajnikanth starrer Kabali commenced the shooting schedule with an auspicious puja ceremony on September 17 in Chennai.

The superstar, along with the entire cast and crew of the upcoming movie graced the occasion.

Dressed in dark-blue full-sleeved shirt and light-blue jeans, Rajinikanth arrived at the puja venue much to the delight of his fans. Others who were present at the function included the director Pa Ranjith and the producer Kalaipuli S Thanu.

According to sources from the film’s unit, the regular shooting for Kabali has already started and Rajinikanth has allotted 106 days for the shooting which will continue till the end of January. While the initial shooting will be in Chennai, the crew will be moving to Malaysia for the latter part of the shooting.

Kabali is purportedly based on the story of a real-life gangster from the Mylapore area of Chennai. Two posters of the movie have been released; in one Rajinikanth is seen dressed in a dapper grey suit sitting on a high-backed chair with his legs crossed over each and the Malaysian skyline including the twin towers in the background while in another he is shown as the local gangster, Kabaleeshwaran, the character he is portraying in the film.

Other actors essaying supporting and critical roles in the film include Radhika Apte, Kalaiarasan, Dinesh, Dhansika (who is reportedly playing his daughter) among others.

Kabali is estimated to catapult Rajinikanth to fame for his acting capabilities rather than on his showmanship which his diehard fans swear by. While his younger fans may not know, the superstar is capable of being a fascinating actor. Rajinikanth, a K Balachander protégé, essayed a small yet memorable role in the movie Apoorva Ragangal, in which he played the part of an abusive husband to rave reviews.

The Hindu, at the time wrote: Newcomer Rajinikanth is diginified and impressive. He has also given multiple memorable performances showcasing his immense acting skills in movies such as Moondru Moodichu, 16 Vayadhinile and Mullum Malarum before being accepted as a cigarette-flicking superstar and showman. Pa Ranjith promises to bring back that actor Rajinikanth in Kabali.

Moreover, the huge success of Papanasam, the latest Kamal Hassan movie in which he plays the role of a cable television operator, seems to have made both Pa Ranjith and Rajinikanth realize the importance of acting skills to woo audiences today.

Kamal Hassan’s excellent performance in Papanasam is the primary reason for its success, especially after the lukewarm response from his fans and audience to Viswaroopam and Uttama Villain, according to Hindustan Times, and Pa Ranjith, endorsed by Rajinikanth, is seemingly keen on repeating that effort.

Superstar Rajinikanth Movie Kabali to Roll on Lord Ganesha’s Birthday: Shooting Schedule Revamped

Superstar Rajnikanth’s new movie Kabali is set to roll on Lord Ganesha’s birthday, an auspicious Indian festival, on September 17.

The film unit has commenced erecting sets to meet the requirements of a revamped shooting schedule. Earlier, the team had scheduled the shooting to be predominantly in Malaysia while that in India was only for a short stint.

However, now a unit source confirmed to IANS that two grand and massive sets are being constructed in Adityaram studios as well as EVP Park studios and the shooting schedule in Malaysia will be significantly shortened with most of the shooting being done in the Chennai studios. In addition to the South Indian superstar, Kalairasan, Radhika Apte, Prakash Raj, Attakathi Dinesh, Nassar, John Vijay and Dhansika are expected to essay important roles in Kabali. Pa Ranjith will be donning the director’s role.

Produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu, Kabali will feature Rajinikanth in the role of an underworld don, a character purportedly inspired from a real don from the Mylapore area in Chennai. However, according to indiaglitz, with just a week before the commencement of shooting, sources have seen images of Rajinikanth in the get-up of a Malaysian policeman which has triggered speculations on his role in the movie again.

 According to iluvcinema, the photo shoot for the film is going on at a brisk pace and this cop-image of Rajinikanth does little to soothe the highly-excited fans of the superstar who are eagerly waiting to see how their idol is going to charm them with his unfailing unique style. Sources have revealed that it is not clear if the Malaysian cop’s role is full-fledged one or will be used only for some critical scenes in the don-inspired ‘talk-of-the-town’ movie.

iluvcinema also reports that the venue of Kabali shooting will be the same as that of Vijay-starrer film, Jilla. The movie makers are expected to commence the shooting at the Ponniyamman Temple followed by the pooja in the Pillayar Temple present in the AVM studio premises.