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Murugadoss excited about Stalin

Radhika Rajamani | September 15, 2006

A R Murugadoss

Good news for Chiranjeevi fans. A R Murugadoss is almost ready with his mega-venture Stalin, starring the megastar and set for a September 20 release. It is, in a way, a litmus test for Murugadoss, who has tasted success with all his earlier films. Shot mostly in Hyderabad, with a few songs filmed in Austria, it also stars Khushboo and Trisha.

Stalin is an important release for Chiranjeevi too, considering his earlier venture Jai Chiranjeeva didn't have a good run at the box office. Taking a break from the editing room, Murugadoss spoke exclusively to Radhika Rajamani about the film and his plans for the future. Excerpts:

Are you satisfied with the way Stalin has shaped up?

Yes. I am confident it will be a hit.

In an earlier conversation, you told me it was inspired by the crowd that attended the 100-day celebration of Chiranjeevi's film Indra at Vijayawada. Is the film a slice of life? Does Chiranjeevi play an army officer?

Chiranjeevi's real image is the character, based on real life incidents. The army officer bit is just a flashback.

StalinWhat was the process of filming Stalin like?

It was interesting. The Telugu film industry was new to me and I got to know the people and the work. It was as if I was on an educational tour.

Were you nervous about directing Chiranjeevi?

I was scared in the first week, but he put me at ease. In fact, he used to address me as 'Sir' and give me a lot of respect. That was humbling. He continued to address me in that manner even after I asked him not to. As he knew Tamil, he helped me with Telugu. He has given a natural performance, and Stalin will be a feast for Chiranjeevi's fans.

What about directing Khushboo and Trisha?

It was easy. Communicating with them wasn't a problem because they speak Tamil. Khushboo has a powerful role to play as Chiranjeevi's sister.

It seems Stalin is being released with 400 prints sold for a huge amount, a record in the Telugu film industry?

Yes. I am happy. I worked hard on this project, leaving my family in Tamil Nadu and living a bachelor's life. I couldn't even be near my wife when our son was born. I saw him only the next day. It is as if I have done penance for almost a year. I want the film to create a sensation.

StalinAre you nervous now that the date of release is near?

I am usually nervous but, with Stalin, all my nervousness has vanished in the post-production stage. I am waiting for its release.

You told me movies shouldn't be for entertainment alone, but should also have a message. What is the message Stalin wants to convey?

It is a message about how people should live.

After this, do you intend to move on to the Hindi remake of Ghajini with Aamir Khan?

In October, I will have a few discussions with Aamir Khan about adapting it, but actual filming will begin only in June 2007.

So, will you be taking a break then?

No. I am thinking about doing an action film (on the lines of Ghajini) that won't take too long to film. I am undecided about whether I should make it in Tamil or Telugu though.

Any long-term plans?

My ultimate aim is to make a movie in English, with Hollywood stars. I know it will take some time, but I am sure I will do it. My work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries is the journey. My Hollywood film will be the climax!

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Stalin is very good picture, sure, it is change our society.

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Really it is very good picture.

Posted by Srinivas Balasani

Sub: Good Luck Murogadass

i really like ur Ramana,Ghajini film in tamil. your really a good director !! im happy because Kollywood can produce top class directors like you.. ...

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Dear fans, We pray to god this movie will break all the existing records and it will create sensation in tollywood.

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stalin will be Big hit

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