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Shekhar Kapur stunned by Kochadaiiyaan trailer

The trailer of South Superstar Rajinikanth’s much anticipated action packed, performance capture photorealistic film Kochadaiiyaan was revealed by Amitabh Bachchan recently. The curtain raiser also saw the presence of the renowned Director Shekhar Kapur who was called on the podium. He spoke about how impressed he was with the trailer and also praised the supreme efforts of Debutant Director Soundarya.

The video showcasing the celebrated director’s speech can be viewed here:

 

Amongst great applause, Director Shekhar Kapur said, “I was telling your father, Soundarya, that he should be very proud of you. After I saw a little bit…I first saw it when I was doing music with Rehman in his studio and I was stunned with what I saw. I told your father how wonderful it was and how proud he should be of you and then, having seen what I saw just now, I think we should all be very proud of you. We are all very, very proud of what you have achieved.”

Shehkar - KochadaiyaanThe remarkable director concluded his speech with these words, “Congratulations, it’s wonderful, its game changing, you are a fellow adventurer and I welcome you to the club”.

The renowned personalities gracing the event included Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Subhash Ghai, R. Balki, Anupam Kher and Ramesh Sippy, among others, who appreciated the work of the debutant director. The film stars Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Produced by Media One Entertainment & Eros International, Kochadaiiyaan will be in theatres, soon.

Trailer: ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ feat. Rajinikanth and Deepika

Eros International has released the theatrical trailer of Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend, a Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin film featuring superstar Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.

The music of the film has been composed by award-winning maestro A. R. Rahman with lyrics by National award-winning lyricist Vairamuthu. The story, screenplay and dialogues have been penned by K S Ravikumar.

The film is produced by Sunil Lulla & Sunanda Murali Manohar.

Kochadaiiyaan releases in UK cinemas  on 11th April, 2014.

‘Kochadaiiyaan’ to release in UK cinemas on 11th April 2014

Kochadaiiyaan Eros International will release the eagerly awaited futuristic fantasy event of the year Kochadaiyaan – The Legend, a Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited production, directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, in UK cinemas and worldwide in cinemas on April 11, 2014.

Kochadaiiyaan features the unique visual mastery of Photorealistic Performance Capture technology for the very first time in the history of an Indian film. This technology has been previously seen in Hollywood masterpieces as Avatar, Tin Tin and Beowulf.

Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatization of good versus evil starring South Indian megastar Rajinikanth in a double role in a larger than life depiction. Also starring in the grand production is leading lady Deepika Padukone together with South India’s leading stars R. Sharath kumar, Nazar, Aadi, Shobana and Rukmini.

Providing the musical score is Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, whose list of credits includes a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards for his outstanding musical contribution for the multi-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Announcing the release of the film, Ms.Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, the Director of the film said, “Following last year’s celebrations of India’s film making centenary we view the release of Kochadaiiyaan as part of the next steps of Indian cinema. For the first time a full length feature has been made using performance capture technology in India and I truly hope this creates a whole alternate film making avenue apart from live action films in our country”.

Kochadiyaan - London - Press Conference Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd added, “Eros is proud to present this magnum opus with Rajinikanth, which will take the Indian film industry to the next level. We are confident that this will be a landmark film in world cinema as a result of the ground breaking technology used. The film will be released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Punjabi in India and overseas in more than 6,000 screens. We will be releasing an English version internationally as well”.

In a major brand tie-up, Eros International and Mediaone have also tied up with Karbonn Mobile to launch 1 million Kochadaiiyaan branded mobile phones to celebrate the release of the film. The exclusive Karbonn ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ mobile phones will have screen savers and must-have images from the film along with the trailer and the signature tune of the film. These special Kochadaiiyaan mobile phones are intended to launch in February 2014, during the audio launch of the film.

Kochadaiiyaan was shot extensively at Pinewood Studios in the UK with a team of world-class technical experts including the London based Centroid Studios, a state of the art facility for Full Body Motion Capture, which has worked on various Hollywood productions including the recent Brad Pitt starrer World War Z as well as Pirates of the Caribbean, Ironman 2 and Harry Potter.

Neeta Lulla crafts the look for Rajnikanth’s ‘Kochadaiiyaan’

Kochadaiiyaan Costume Design India’s leading and highly cherished Fashion Designer, Neeta Lulla, yet again claims her throne in international costume and fashion design for the entire look she has conceptualised for each of the characters in India’s first Photorealistic Performance Capture Film, Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend. The highlight however remains designing the look of superstar Rajinikanth who stars as a legendary mythological character in the film.

Talking about his look in the movie, director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin said, “Neeta has done an outstanding job on the costumes for Kochadaiiyaan. The details in the armour and the weaponized look of the costumes really creates an impact. The photorealistic performance capture technology used in the film is extremely advanced and the work done on the costumes really shines through.”

Given the uniqueness and majestic persona of the film, Neeta Lulla and her team immersed in extensive research over an expansive period of time in order to achieve the perfect look and deliver intricate luminosity to each of the garments designed for Kochadaiiyaan.

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A gargantuan 150 costumes per character was designed on paper, of which 20-25 costumes for each character were selected and detailed. Due to the intricacy of the designs for the costumes, each embroidery pattern was photographed and expertly placed on the garment, to deliver a flawless finish. Neeta also created a range of 20 to 30 looks especially for the armour suit as well as the supporting cast of Kochadaiiyaan. The armour suit included predetermined detailing that was achieved through careful understanding of its movement and appeal, in keeping with the authenticity and credibility of the era.

Neeta Lulla says “It feels totally wonderful to be a part of Kochadaiiyaan. I am proud to be associated with Rajni Sir’s venture which is directed by his daughter Soundarya. Being a part of Kochadaiiyaan is definitely a milestone in my career. I think, the project is larger than life for two aspects- one being Rajni sir and the other being that it is a photo realistic motion capture film format that is a first of its kind. Its visual grandiosity conceived by Soundarya makes the scale of this project one of the biggest I have worked on and definitely one to watch out for!”

She further added, “Another interesting aspect was that we created the looks not in fabric form but a detailed overview in sketch form. My creative team and I worked on for almost 8 months on the various characterizations of Rajni sir and the other supporting cast. It was a different kind of design experience altogether.”

Kochadaiiyaan Costume Design

To create the costumes, the characters were created by Neeta on a sketch format – first in colour then a croqui developed by the CG technicians. Detailed research was also conducted to achieve the right ornate look for the fine-looking jewellery, its use on the sketch and eventually on the form. Taking into account the script and the accurate look for the characters the detailing was embellished which took almost 6-8 months of sketching and re-sketching in order to derive the final result. 

India’s first Photorealistic Performance Capture film Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend is not only set to transcend boundaries creating a market first in the realm of world cinema but will cement Indian Cinema’s place indefinitely within the global film fraternity.

Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend releases worldwide and in UK cinemas on 12th December 2013.

Rajnikanth’s ‘KOCHADAIIYAAN’ Teaser released

Kochadaiiyaan Film aficionados across the world are gearing up for the futuristic fantasy event of the year with the release of the eagerly awaited film Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend worldwide and  in UK cinemas this December 2013.

After igniting interest and anticipation across social mediums for the launch of the teaser trailer, producers Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited, Eros International and director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin have released the first trailer of the film.

The teaser trailer showcases some of the breath-taking special effects used to tell the majestic mythological tale.

Poised as the grand finale film of the year, Kochadaiiyaan will rival and transcend the CG capabilities utilised in such Hollywood masterpieces as Avatar, Tin Tin and Beowulf. The avant-garde film features the unique visual mastery of Photorealistic Performance Capture technology, a first within the realm of Indian film-making.

Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatisation of good versus evil starring South Indian megastar Rajinikanth who is cast as the archetypal superhero in a dual role. Also starring in the grand production are Indian A-listers Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff and South India’s leading stars R. Sarathkumar, Nazzer, Aadhi, Shobana and Rukmini.

Providing the musical score is maestro and Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, whose list of credits includes a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards for his outstanding musical compilation for the multi-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. The story, screenplay and dialogues have been penned by K S Ravikumar and the lyrics by National Award Winning lyricist Vairamuthu.

Kochadaiiyaan stemmed from the grand vision of the director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, a talented and forward thinking filmmaker who is well versed with various trend setting film techniques. She says: “My ambition has always been to immortalise my father and bring the legendary Rajinikanth that audiences around the world adore in an ‘avatar’ he hasn’t ever been seen in nor experienced.”

“During the making of Kochadaiiyaan, I began to realise that through the medium of this film, we had to embrace a much broader aim which had the potential to be a game-changer for Indian cinema on a global level.”

“I have been passionately involved in film animation techniques and production for the last six years and for Kochadaiiyaan we wanted to do something unique and to create a new cinematic experience for India. To achieve this we decided to use Photorealistic Performance Capture technology which allowed us to have unlimited creativity on all grounds from building lavish sets, directing expansive fight sequences and creating elaborate costumes. Through the film, we will be able to transport audiences back to historic India and provide them with a much broader sensory experience.”

Kochadaiiyaan has created not only firsts in Asia but also on a world level through the use of the technology. What we achieved with the support of our technical partners in the UK, USA, India and China, has made this project a truly international venture and we are sure that Kochadaiiyaan will set the path for Indian cinema’s next 100 year journey.”

Watch the teaser here: 


The British funded project by reputed producers Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited and the AIM listed company Eros International has been shot exclusively at Pinewood Studios in the UK with a team of world-class technical experts including the London based Centroid Studios, a state of the art facility for Full Body Motion Capture, which have worked on various famous Hollywood productions including the recent Brad Pitt starrer World War Z, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ironman 2 and Harry Potter, and Counter Punch Studios from Los Angeles, who have been behind successes such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They worked in collaboration with Faceware Technologies, who have worked with The Mummy 3 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the Facial Capturing technology. A team of technical experts from South India and China have worked on the animation and the overall completion of the project.

Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International says, “Eros is proud to be associated with Rajinikanth once again. We are confident that like Sivaji and Robot, this will also be a landmark film in Rajinikanth’s prolific career and we are privileged to be a part of it.”

Speaking about the global venture, Dr J Murali Manohar of Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited says: “As a British production company, we have always been fascinated by the global reach and magnitude of the Indian cinema fraternity. We worked along with technicians from across the globe and top talent from India and are now delighted to present a world first to an international audience with Kochadaiiyaan.

We are sure that the film will appeal to a much wider audience given its technological innovations, stellar star-cast and captivating narrative and the film will seal its place as being a global representation of Indian cinema.”

Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend releases worldwide this December 2013.

Eros International’s ‘Agent Vinod’ records an opening weekend collection of Rs. 49 crore gross worldwide

Eros International, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry has announced a successful opening of Rs. 49 crore gross worldwide for Saif Ali Khan’s latest release Agent Vinod. The film has grossed over Rs. 41.5 crore in India (Net collection: Rs. 29 cr) and Rs. 7.65 crore overseas.

The film co-produced in association with Illuminati Films, released across 2500 screens worldwide on 23rd March, 2012.

Speaking on the film’s performance, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India Theatrical, Eros International Media Ltd said, “With Agent Vinod, Bollywood’s espionage genre comes of age and Shriram Raghavan has once again captured the audiences’ imagination with the edgy fast paced thriller coupled with some never before seen stylish action sequences”.

Pranab Kapadia, President – Marketing & Distribution – Eros International plc added, “Audiences worldwide have appreciated Shriram Raghavan’s spy thriller along with Saif Ali Khan’s slick stylish spy avatar”.

One of the highly awaited films of this year, Agent Vinod has an ensemble star cast of Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Gulshan Grover, Shahbaaz Khan, debutante Maryam Zakaria along with cameo appearances by Ravi Kishen, Ram Kapoor and music by Pritam.

Rajinikanth arrives in London

Superstar Rajninikanth has arrived in London to shoot his next film Kochadaiyaan at a studio here.

The 61-year-old actor addressed the media at Chennai Airport on Saturday morning around 4 am before he flew to London.

The superstar, who was in a happy mood told the media: “Kochadaiyaan will be a grand venture. The movie will release on Diwali. The talkie portions and couple of songs will be shot by Soundarya over the next 20 days. Over 40 per cent of the film will be completed in the UK.”

He added that the audience will get to see a youthful and energeticRajinikanth in the film.

After the London schedule, the film will reportedly be shot in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

According to various sources Sarath Kumar and others will be leaving for London on March 23. While it has not been confirmed but Deepika Padukone will also reportedly fly from Mumbai to London for the film soon.

 The shooting of the film will start this week at an undisclosed studio in London.