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Costing a fortune: Satyam
Costing a fortune: Satyam

S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

A bilingual, ‘Satyam’ has Vishal wearing khakhi for the first time.

Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad was the spot producer Vikram Krishna had chosen to shoot a song for G.K. Film Corporation’s ‘Satyam.’ Incidentally, the floor, one of the biggest in Asia, has figured in many films, the latest being ‘Sivaji,’ which had extravagant sets.

A bilingual, (Tamil and Telugu), ‘Satyam’ has Vishal and Nayantara in the lead. Journalist turned film director Rajasekar, an understudy of Suresh Krishna having worked with him for ‘Alavandhan,’ ‘Baba,’ ‘Gajendra’ and a few Telugu movies, was cranking the shots giving instructions to cinematographer R.D. Rajasekar.

“This song costs a fortune and I am happy that producer Vikram Krishna has given whatever I have asked for,” said the director. A fantasy, it features the lead pair and eight kids.

“It is being shot on the lines of the famous children’s serial, ‘Power Rangers’ on three different sets,” he informed. One is ‘Animal Kingdom’ where the beasts come alive with the help of special effects. Then comes ‘Hell Raiser’ and the last is ‘Super Heroes.’ Nayantara appears as the Cat Woman. The song has been written by Pa. Vijay and the music is composed by Harris Jayaraj. Nearly Rs 2 crores have been spent on the song so far,” he said.

For the first time Vishal is donning khakhi. With a typical crew cut, he said he had waited for the role. “I heard the story when I was doing my first film. I wanted to take it up after four or five films. And the time has come. The Vishal you see will be different,” said the hero.

Real challenge

“We are doing both the Tamil and Telugu versions simultaneously,” explained the producer. It is a challenge for the director who has to concentrate not only on the artist’s performance but also on the culture of different States. On the plus side, some of the known faces both in Tamil and Telugu are working in our production. Upendra, popular Kannada star, is the villain.

“Then we have Sudha Chandran who is coming back after more than 20 years. Kotta Srinivasa Rao is doing an important role in the film. Nayantara is doing her bit in the comedy sequence along with Premji Ameran, who is her private secretary in the movie. So there won’t be any dearth of humour,” said Vikram Krishna. “Right from the costume (of the police officers) to the body language, the two States differ and I have to keep track,” said Rajasekar.

A song was shot in Turkey. For Harris Jayaraj it is his silver jubilee film. After Ilaiyaraja, Jayaraj has used live recording for songs and also for re-recording. Art is taken care of by Thotta Tharani and editing is done by Antony. The visual effects for ‘Satyam’ is done by Hollywood technician Craig A. Mumma with Prasad EFX.


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