We’ve seen the news everywhere and by now, most of us know that two songs for Vikraman’s Mariyathai were shot abroad, one in Australia and one in Bangkok. But did you know that A.R. Rahman’s Oscar played a part in the shoot at Australia? Vikraman tells us how. “We were returning from Canberra to Sydney by road after completing the day’s schedule. During the journey, we passed through some woods where I spotted a palatial house and approached the owner seeking permission to shoot some parts of the film in the house.
Initially he demanded a huge sum from us, but once we mentioned that we are from Chennai, his reaction changed and he said, ‘Oh! You are from the same city as A.R. Rahman? He is a genius, only yesterday I saw him bag double Oscars on TV.’ And with that one magic word ‘Rahman’, he let us shoot wherever we wanted on his property for free!”