ラジニニューススクラップ 2002 August (2)


Saturday August 10, 1:47 PM Yahoo!India(Galatta.com)
Rajinikanth to quit films? 映画から引退しちゃうの?
"If Baba is to become a success, I would quit films", said Rajinikanth in the audio release of the Telugu dubbed version of 'Baba' songs.
Chiranjeevi presented the first Telugu audiocassette to Rajinikanth in the audio release.
Then Rajinikanth in his speech to the press admitted that he thought that his earlier film 'Muthu' would be the last film but later on he could not resist when a script like 'Arunachalam' came by, then it was yet another irresistible strong story and script like 'Padaiyappa' which made him do a film again.
With the phenomenal success of 'Padayappa' it was three-year hibernation period that Rajinikanth went into as far as films are concerned.
According to the actor he was inspired to do the film 'Baba' by a saint he met in America.
He finally got approval and the go-ahead for the film from a saint called as Mahavathar Baba who dwells in the Himalayas.
Rajinikanth concluded his speech by saying that Baba would be his last film if it generated the expected success.
 「もし『BABA』が成功したら僕は引退するかもしれない」 『BABA』のサウンドトラックのテルグ語版でラジニカーントはこう語ります。
 スピーチの中でラジニは、『ムトゥ』が最後の映画になると思っていたが、 『アルナーチャラム』のような台本をほうってはおけなかったし、さらに 『パダヤッパ』の強力なストーリーの魅力に負けてもう一度映画をやろうという気に なった、と述懐しています。  『パダヤッパ』の異例の成功と共に、映画に関して言えばラジニはいわば3年間の冬眠 期を過ごしていたわけです。
 その後、彼はアメリカで出会った聖人から『BABA』を制作するインスピレーションを 得たといいます。ラジニはマハヴァタールババとよばれるヒマラヤに住むその聖 人からやっとのことで映画の承認とゴーサインを得たのでした。
『BABA』が期待通りの成功を収めれば、これが最後の映画になるだろうと言ってラジ ニはスピーチを終えています。 (訳:永井真人さん)
Friday August 9, 5:35 PM Yahoo!India(hansazone)
Rajini and Dr Rajkumar
After sharing the dais with Chiranjeevi in Hyderabad the superstar is heading towards Bangalore.
He will now be sharing the dais with the Kannada superstar Dr Rajkumar to celebrate the 100th day function of Appu on 10 August.
The star of Appu is the Kannada thespian's son Puneet Rajkumar.
Rajini saw the film a few days back in Bangalore and appreciated Puneet's performance.
Dr Ambedkar Bhavan on Millers' Road wears a festive look since it's after a long time that Dr Rajkumar is putting in a public appearance.
Friday August 9, 1:38 PM Yahoo!India(Galatta.com)
More unofficial tips on Baba
While there are still controversies surrounding the release of Baba there are other unofficial news that surround Baba.
One such news is that the film has a scene in which Rajinikanth is praying in the Kaligaambal temple.
The Goddess idol that is used in the Kaligambaal temple scene is the original idol that was got from the worship place of the 'gurukkal' of the temple.
The other news that has been passing through the industry is that with just the audiocassette sales of Baba crossing more than Rs. 15 crores Rajinikanth is planning to build an engineering college from the revenue that will be generated from this film.
Talks and plans are happening fast to build an engineering college in Velacherry, Chennai.  
Wednesday August 7, 5:05 PM Yahoo!India(hansazone)
'Baba' spins his magic on the web Babaの公式サイト
With the release of the film only heart-thudding days away, Baba is now making waves on the web too. The synopsis, stars and the stills of the film are now available via www.studiorajini.com or www.babamovie.com.
The text on the official website has to be read to be believed - it promises Baba viewers an offering packed with 'stunts, spirituality and sentiments'.
While the websites display the sketchy quality of products done in a hurry, they display yet another facet of the superstar's shrewd marketing of his much-awaited film.
And if the text drips with exaggerated flourishes and misplaced adjectives, so what?
Its all part of being Baba...er, Rajinikanth!
Wednesday August 7, 5:00 PM Yahoo!India(hansazone)
Rajini is Chiru's Inspiration ラジニはチルのインスピレーション
The audio release function of Baba in Telugu turned out to be a 'mutual-admiration' platform for superstars Chiranjeevi and Rajinikanth.
After releasing the audio cassette Rajini complemented Chiranjeevi on his performance in Indra and described him as the second superstar in India after Amitabh Bachchan.
Rajini revealed that Baba is a commercial film with a 'spiritual' touch and hinted that it could be his last film if it turns out to be a smash hit.
Chiranjeevi was not short of compliments for Rajini either.
Recalling his association with Rajini in the Film Institute in Chennai, Chiru said that Rajini 'inspired' him at every step of his career.
During the making of Apoorva Ragangal in Telugu Chiru took lot of time to satisfy director K.Balachander.
He decided to bid goodbye to acting but gained confidence when he came to know that Rajini also took a few hours to do the same scene.
He had been to Swizterland and met Rajini on the sets of Baba.
When Rajini told him that specific punch lines should be written to suit a star's image Chiranjeevi came back and insisted on having such dialogues for Indra and it paid off.
"Rajini is the one and only superstar in the South and not me because is word has even changed governments" reasons Chiru.
It is learnt that Rajni wanted Rs 10 crores for the Telugu version and with buyers showing reluctance he has decided to release the film himself on August 15th.
August 5 Cinesouth
Hi Madhan! Looks like the whole Tamilnadu is anxiously waiting for Baba's release.

Shanthi was also part of the 6 crore people of Tamilnadu who were counting the days f or the film's release. She couldn't hide her curiosity.

Baba's reservations open on the 10th of this month. Most probably, it would be impossible to get the tickets at the counter for the first 10 days atleast. Hectic activities are on behind the screens. Postproduction works, basically. The people who're selling the tickets in black are extremely enthusiastic about it. It seems they are themselves going to buy the tickets in bulks and sell it at 150-200 bucks to the people.

Good Lord! The best way out is to go to the theatres on the 10th of August and book the ticket in advance. If you're planning to get the tickets at the theatre, you might as well take your whole salary cover with you.

Rajini's is very happy that 'Baba' hasn't got into trouble with the censors. 'Baba' is going to be released is 110 theatres. Most of the theatre owners had borrowed heavily from Pawnbrokers to buy the film's boxes. So, don't be surprised if tickets sell at 1000 bucks at the counters themselves.

I heard that they're done some mind-boggling graphic works too?

Yes. The same group that did the graphics for "Aalavandhan", Total Infotainment Limited (TIL), has done the graphics for this film too.

There's a scene in which Rajini plays basketball. There are scenes in which Rajini's foot prints start emitting sparks. There are more such scenes. Director Shankar had been working on these scenes.

Did you hear the sound track of the film? There was nothing spectacular in it. I only liked the duet song. I tried real hard but I couldn't like the other songs.

Shanthi, The fans feel the same way too. But the superstar himself says that the audience will gradually begin to like Rehman's songs. He said this at the shooting spot. Spirituality forms the core of the film. If spirituality and philosophy seem to be the strongest flavors in the songs, its not Rehman's fault. The story is made that way.

Yeah, Whatever. I don't like the songs. I don't like the songs. I really don't like the songs.

Alright. Stop that. You can say this after seeking the film, Often, the songs that don't sound that good as the audio might look beautiful in the visuals. There are chances that this could happen here.

Could be. Personally, I feel that lyricist Vaali had glorified Rajini a bit too much. Even in the duet song Vairamuthu had written lyrics like "Tamilnadu, Tamilnadu adhu yen Uyirnadu" (Tamilnadu is as dear to me as my life is). Lyrics like these remind me of the olden days in which poets used to write poems that gush about the kings.

Alright, don't think too much. I shall have more news on 'Baba' next time when I meet you.  
August 3 Cinesouth
Daily News Babaの音楽レビュー
AR Rehman has done it again- screwed up another Rajini sound track! How exactly does he manage to demolish Rajini's film songs alone?

Rajini's business acumen in getting AR Rehman might have fetched him millions through cassette sales, but he has not given much thought about the ordinary man who has paid fifty bucks to buy the cassette to listen to it. Has he ever wondered if these songs meet atleast 10% of the expectations of his fans?

The sound track begins with the theme of the film that sounds like an 'Omkaar'. Probably, most of the people would have surely skipped the theme the moment they heard it!

'Baba cinema cinema' must be the introducing song for Rajini in this film. Usually, SPB does the honor of singing the introducing song. This time, it goes to Shankar Mahadevan. It is a philosophy-ridden number. Cinema runs for three hours. Similarly, man's life has three parts too. That's what the song says. You might want to hear the song again and again, not because AR Rehman has done a great job with it, but because of the magic factor called Rajini. The song's opening notes creates an illusion of a western song. That's the only thing one could say in favour of Rehman.

The next song is bound to be a charmer. 'Baba, kichu kichu thaa', a duet, is the only song that sounds 'wow' in the film. This is the only song worth a second hearing. SPB with his ever sixteen voice has added life to the song. Though the song is a duet, Vairamuthu's social awareness lyrics like ' Naanaaga naan irunthaal naatukkenna nallathu adi' (If I were to simply be myself, what good will it do to the nation?) have added punch to the song. Lines like these have not affected the impact of the duet, instead, they have made the song look brilliant.

The remaining three songs are full of philosophy and spirituality. Who would have objected they were along the lines of 'Vetri kodi kattu' and 'kikku yerudhey' ('Padaiappa')? These were philosophy songs too that sounded good.

Singer Karthik's 'Maya maya' was a sub-standard quality song that floated by our ears like the proverbial dewdrop over the lotus leaf. One of the reasons behind the lethargy in the songs is the forcefulness of Vaali's lyrics.

Jayachandran is someone who has a clear diction in Tamil though he is a Malayalee. In his clear voice comes 'Rajjiyamaa illai imayamaa'. The title of the song sounds interesting, but as one moves on to the stanzas, the feeling of lethargy overpowers you.

The film's climax song 'yen nadai kandu' shares the same dubious fate too. The song's tune sounds extremely usual. This makes Karthik and Vairamuthu look buried. Maybe they thought that since it was the climax tune, it might be lively, fast paced and racy. So, they put in all their effort to a very wrong tune.

Whatever class the song belongs to, people have to like it for it to work. AR Rehman was busy in London with his 'Bombay Dreams' musical. 'Baba' was composed in this rush. There is a general belief that Rehman's songs take time to catch up, but they eventually will. Maybe this time, his songs might meet a different fate.

The Tamil film fans are a gullible lot. Without hearing even a single note of the songs, these people stood in long lines to get the cassette coupons. Rehman is probably trying to teach them a good lesson- do not go by the labels alone.


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