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Rajniís new film is Shivaji


18 September, 2005: Tamil Super Star Rajnikant has spurred media interest back in Kollywood with his sensational announcement of his new film, to be produced by production house AVM.

Hitmaker Shankar has been chosen as the director by the superstar.

Rajniís last film Chandramukhi was a sensational hit in Tamil as well as in Telugu (Apararichitudu). Chandramukhi, Shivaji productionís 50th film, is a remake of Kannada hit Aptamitr, which in turn is inspired by Malayalam hit Manichitratazhu, starring Mohan Lal.

After Rajni announced the film, to be titled Shivaji, the race hotted up for the coveted slot of the heroine, with a host of glam gals throwing their hat into the ring. Incidentally Rajniís original name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad.

Nayantara, Rajniís heroine in his last film Chandramukhi, was also in the race. Rajniís immense clout in Tamil means he himself decides the producers as well as directors and co-actors in his film.

Last heard, Bollywood sensation Ayesha Takia has been chosen as the Superstarís heroine for the new movie. Ayesha has already made a mark in south India with a hit, paring alongside Nagarjuna in Telugu hit Super.

Industry sources said Rajni was keen to rope in Aishwarya Rai, but her busy became a hassle. The Rajni film is slated for release on April 14 next year.

True to the suspense associated with any Rajni movie, director Shankar, after being chosen director for the movie, has vanished to an undisclosed destination to work on the script.

A R Rahman is tipped to be the music director of the prestigious AVM venture.


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