Cast: Rajini Kanth, Shreya, Raguvaran, Suman, Vivek, Manivannan, Vadivukarasi, Salaman Papaiya, Raja, Bose, Venkat
Production: Saravanan, Guhan
Music: A R Rehman
Sivaji is a grand movie that is directed by Shankar who is known for making big budget films under AVM productions. Sivaji has super star RajiniKanth in the lead role. Shivaji is getting form with the mega trio combination of director Shankar, SuperStar RajiniKanth and AVM productions. Music is scored by A R Rahman and Lyrics is penned by Vairamuthu.
Sivaji is AVM production’s 168th venture. For Superstar RajiniKanth, Sivaji is his 9th movie with AVM productions and for director Shankar this is his 9th movie in his directional career and first movie with AVM productions. A twist of fate is that Superstar’s Rajinikanth’s lucky number is nine and superstar has said to Shankar that this movie would bring great success for both of them.
This movie bears the title Sivaji after the name of the legend of Tamil cinema Shivaji Ganesan who started his career in Tamil cinema through the movie Parasakthi which was AVM productions. And another happenstance is that Superstar’s real name is Sivaji Rao. This film is being made under the budget of Rs. 50 crore. It is said that when RajiniKanth asked to write a script for him the director has explained the story in a single sentence which has impressed Superstar to sign up for the project.
This movie has lot of crowd pulling stars like Vivek, PrakashRaj, Raghuvaran who play lead roles in the movie. Actress Shriya is playing the female lead role. Initially Aishwarya Rai, Ayesha Takia and Rani Mukherjee were proposed for the female lead role but Shreiya has bagged the opportunity. Actress Sandya will be giving voice to Shriya. Nayantara is doing a item number song in this movie.
RajiniKanth (Sivaji) is a great businessman. He is The Boss of the company since he owns it. Suman is his manager plays a double role against RajiniKanth and ruins his business and makes Sivaji go to jail for the mistake that he has not performed. Rajini with the help of Vivek and Shriya hires a good criminal lawyer and comes out of jail in bail.
The role of the criminal lawyer is played by Raghuvaran. Rajini comes out of jail and takes revenge on people who were responsible for all of his sufferings. Rajini learns more about life when he is in jail and so after his release he does a lot of charity work to people who are in need. In the end with Raghuvaran helps him to regain all his lost property and Rajini becomes the boss again.
This movie will be dubbed in Telugu . The Telugu right is handed over to the producer Bellam Konda Suresh for 14 crores. This does not include Audio and satellite rights. Rajini has sung a song in this movie which is his second attempt of playback singing.
Mohan Lal, Amitabh Bachchan, Nana Patekar and even Sathyaraj were proposed to take the negative role. But Suman has bagged the opportunity. Art direction was done by Thotta Tharani, Stunts were handled by Peter Haynes, costume designing by Manish Malhotra and dialogues by Sujatha.