Kuthu Mariamman
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Kuthu Mariamman

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India | SELF

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India | SELF
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"Endhiran"

Endhiran’s music, set to tune by Oscar-winner A R Rahman, had been released in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July. No surprises there — South Asia loves Rajinikanth, and if Endhiran (the Hindi version is titled Robot) has to succeed, a lot rests on the southern superstar and his director Shankar. In fact, Malaysia was the only overseas market where one of Shankar’s earlier movies, Jeans, had a 100-day run.
Social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, are already abuzz with Endhiran gossip. There’s plenty to talk about Endhiran, not least its roller-coaster ride up to the release. In fact, the film was almost shelved till Sun Pictures (a division of Sun TV) stepped in to salvage the project.

Endhiran, originally conceived by acclaimed Tamil science fiction writer Sujatha, has had a bumpy ride before Sun Pictures gave it a new lease of life.

Shankar, the most commercially successful director in the South, first approached Shah Rukh Khan to act in and produce the movie under his own production house Red Chillies Entertainment. But Khan backed out, reportedly over creative differences with the director. Shankar then teamed up with production house Ayangaran-Eros and approached Kamal Haasan before zeroing in on southern superstar Rajinikanth as hero and co-stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa. Unfortunately, production came to a halt after Ayangaran-Eros could not cough up more than Rs 30 crore in two song shoots in Goa and Peru.

Unable to meet the working capital cost, the production house abandoned the project midway in 2008. At about the same time, things weren’t going too well in the Tamil film industry, with Pyramid Saimira pulling out of Haasan’s magnum opus Marmayogi. The odds seemed stacked against Endhiran till Shankar and his crew, along with Rajinikanth, met the CEO of Sun group, Kalanidhi Maran. Maran gave his nod after diligently studying how the Rajini-Shankar duo’s earlier release Shivaji performed at the box-office in 2007.

Sources add that the key determining factor in Sun Pictures jumping on board could be the record Rs 80-crore collection of Shivaji, which did well in five different languages. "I repose great faith in Rajinikanth in making this movie an unprecedented success,” Maran told the audience at the audio release function that had been held in Malaysia. Never known for taking part in promotion shows of his production house releases, he showed up on stage at the Malaysian extravaganza, to everyone’s surprise.

The Endhiran team has kept the storyline and other aspects of the film under wraps. Yet, they let slip that the film has visual effects specialists, Eddy Wong and Franki Chan, working with them as also the expertise of Stan Winston known for Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar, Terminator and Predator. "A science fiction movie with 1,500 special effect shots — I hope Endhiran has a 200-day stint in the theatres of Malaysia,” Shankar said at the audio launch.

The storyline, a well-guarded secret, sources say, is the tug-of-war between villain Denzongpa and hero Rajinikanth in wresting control of the robot designed by the latter. “With all the necessary ingredients for success, one has to keep fingers crossed till the release date,” said Abhirami Ramanathan of Abhirami cinemas. A sci-fi venture with such a huge budget is bound to change the history of Indian cinema. “I won’t call it a Tamil or a Hindi film. It is targeted at the world audience,” he added.
- Screen India


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Discography

We have no singles and its always been chorus.

1. Naan asainthal asaiyum intha ulagamae ... is the best lyric that can describe the band's history

2. Mariamma ... Mariamma.... is very popular with the band name itself.

There is a long list ...

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Bio

Our music is as old as the universe itself. We have derived this form of music and dance from the energy and matter around us.

Our greatest grand pop and mom felt so bored with nothing that they had this brilliant idea of moving their body and creating noise.

It gave them a beautiful feeling and thus continued their feat.

This dance form called 'Kuthu' is perfected through millions of generations and is at its best in my band.