Director Shankar, Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, cinematographer Ratnavelu and a crew comprising of 40 people left for the US last Friday to shoot for the magnum opus Enthiram (The Robot).
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The crew is scheduled to start shooting two songs composed by A R Rahman in undisclosed "beautiful locations in America" on Monday.
The last time Shankar and Rajnikanth came together was in Sivaji and it was Rahman who composed the songs for the same.
Producers Ayngaran International Films Pvt Ltd and Eros International have also released the schedule for Enthiram.
The crew details list R Ratnavelu as cameraman, Sabu Cyril as art director, editing by Antony, choreography by Raju Sundaram and costume design by Manish Malhotra. Mary E Vogt, the costume designer of Men in Black, Batman returns and Inspector Gadget is designing the futuristic outfits.
Stan Winston Studio (USA) who has worked in Hollywood biggies such as Predator, Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Iron man, Terminator and I-Robot will do the animatronics while Yuen Woo Ping (of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Matrix and Kill Bill fame) is in charge of the stunts.
Handling the visual effects (VFX) are Hollywood companies like ILM, Tippet, Cafe EFX as well as Hong Kong companies like Centro and Menfond.