Rajinikanth's ‘Kochadaiiyaan' postponed

Superstar Rajinikanth’s highly anticipated film ‘Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend’ that was scheduled for a May 9th release has been postponed for two weeks. It will now release on 23rd May. It has been reported that the reason behind the delay is purely technical. It seems there were some problem in dispatching the huge number of prints all over the world. Eros International has released an official statement in this regard and it says-“Due to some technical issues in dispatching large number of prints worldwide, the release of 'Kochadaiiyaan' has been postponed to May 23.” The film is slated to release in 10 countries, 6000 screens and a total of six languages.

‘Kochadaiiyaan’ ( meaning  King with long mane) was set to be  India’s first film made with  motion capture 3D computer animation, the same technology used in Hollywood blockbusters like ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and ‘Avatar’.  But another Tamil film ‘Maattraan’ that used the same technology partially was released before. Thus it will now be India’s second film with this technology but used more extensively than the first one.  The director of the film is Rajni’s daughter, Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin. It also stars Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, this is her Tamil film debut. The ambitious project was originally intended to release in November 2012 but got delayed because of extensive post production work. A.R Rahman is doing the music of the film while Oscar winner Resul Pookutty is doing the sound design. The filming of the film was complete by February in 2013 and from there it went for post-production work in USA, UK, China and Hong Kong.

In the movie Rajinikanth will be lending voice and movements to three characters. Apart from him and Deepika, working in the film are actors Aadhi, R. Sarathkumar, Shobana, Rukmini Vijayakumar, Jackie Shroff, and Nassar. The film is said to be a prequel for another Rajinikanth and Deepika starrer film ‘Rana’ which is currently in production. With this film Rajni has become the first Indian actor to feature in four different film formats- Motion capture, 3D, color and black and white. This added another feather in the cap of this cultural Icon.  In recent years he has reached many milestones. He became the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan with a salary of $4.3 million (?26o million)   for his 2007 film ‘Sivaji’. He later broke that record with $7.5 million (?450 million) for the 2010 blockbuster ‘Enthiran’.