Challenges have never scared Rajinikanth. In fact, they've only delighted him and motivated him to work harder. That's probably why the Superstar enjoys working on his next film “Kochadaiyaan,” being directed by his daughter Soundarya. The makers claim it's India's first performance capture photorealistic film.

On a video posted on YouTube, the Superstar, talking about his performance in the film and the difficulties it involved, has said, “It is not easy. A lot of imagination goes into it. You have to visualise and improvise. Getting into a character without changing the costume or make-up is by itself difficult. Then come the locations which are imaginary. It's really a tough job!”

Meanwhile, there's more good news for the Superstar's fans in the North. “Baasha,” his blockbuster in Tamil, is being dubbed into Hindi. Sources say the Hindi version with the same title will be released in over a 1,000 theatres across the world by the end of this month.

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Will he score a hat-trick?

Director Rajesh's “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi,” which marks Udhayanidhi Stalin's debut as a hero in Tamil cinema, is to hit the screens on April 13. Although there were reports that the film had been completed, the date of its release hadn't been disclosed.

It would be a hat-trick for Rajesh if “OK OK” succeeds at the box office. The director has tweeted, “The film will release on April 13. The background score for the first half is done. Harris Jayaraj is working on the second half.”

In another tweet, he has praised cinematographer Balu, whose work in the film, he claims, is awesome. Apart from Udhayanidhi, the film will feature Hansika and Santhanam.

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Special bond with Chennai

One of Telugu cinema's top directors, S. S. Rajamouli, who many consider to be in the same league as Shankar, is on the verge of releasing his first Tamil film, “Naan Ee.” The director shares a special bond with Chennai, in general, and the Sathyam cinemas, in particular.

At the audio launch of the film held at the multiplex on April 2, Rajamouli spoke about why it occupies a special place in his heart. He said, “I have stayed here (in Chennai) for six to eight years. During those days, my only aim was to earn Rs. 30 and that was to watch films. Chennai is where I learnt the grammar of filmmaking and if cinema is God for me, Sathyam is my temple.”

The director, unlike several others, did not boast about his creation. “If you liked the trailer, please watch the film,” is all he said, indicating the confidence he had both in his film and its trailer.

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At WorkSeptember 24, 2010