Rajni to play toon character


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, May 30 -- Rajinikanth's megahit Robot had 40 scenes out of 61 featuring special effects. His forthcoming flick, Rana, is also expected to be heavy on SFX, especially with its action sequences. And now, the south star will get animated.

Daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth, a special effects and animation technician herself, is producing an animated movie called Sultan The Warrior. No prizes for guessing that the hero of the film is a replica of Rajni. The actor, who is currently spending quality time with family in Singapore, will resume the Rana shoot over the next two months.

The animation movie's plans began to take shape five years ago. According to insiders close to the South star, most of the work on the film is over. Rajinikanth has also given inputs in terms of voiceover and other visual aspects. The film is likely to be completed after Rana wraps up and released tentatively next year.

SFX whiz Srinivas Mohan, who has worked with Rajinikanth on Sivaji (2007) and Robot, both of which fetched him national awards, is apparently also part of the technical team working on Sultan The Warrior, whose run time is about 120 minutes. When asked at the recently concluded CGT Expo in town, Srinivas refused to comment, saying, "I'm not allowed to speak. The right people will talk when it's appropriate."