75 percent of Ai completed: Director Shankar

Shankar-with-Richard-TaylorTill now Shankar promoted his presently filming project with Chiyaan Vikram as I. For some reason, these days he has changed it to ‘Ai’. “As with everything that he does, there is a reason to the name change which will be revealed in due time” says a representative of the director.

Featuring the likes of Vikram alongside British bombshell – Amy Jackson , we also hear the change came about as Shankar is nearing the completion of the project and has been brainstorming on injecting some new ideas to his theatrical wonder, in the making.

It has been almost a year, that the cast and crew of I rather ‘Ai’, spent time before the camera. In an open letter to the press the maverick director wrote an update –

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a year since we started shooting for ‘Ai’ and technically it is taking its own time for Vikram’s physical change, scanning, molding and for preparing prosthetic make up materials, but I believe it’s worth the wait.
In May I had visited Weta Workshop, New Zealand and met Richard Taylor, the co-founder of Weta, and other artists and technicians. Richard Taylor is a very creative and wonderful person and I was surprised to see him working along with others in the workshop, sculpting a horse for some project. What I liked the most about him is that he is keen on the creative part than the business part.
Had storming sessions regarding the look of Vikram and others in ‘Ai’. They took me through the whole Weta Workshop and I was amazed to know all the stunning visuals, makeup and props which I saw in the recent year’s movies are done by Weta. I had the same excitement when I visited Stan Winston Studios, US for ‘Endhiran’.
In June we had a three week schedule that happened in Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai. An eye riveting make up for Vikram was done by Sean Foot and Davina Lamont, and Vikram proved he’s a great actor once again. Now we’ve completed 75% of the movie and going for the next schedule in a couple of days.

Catch you soon!

Alongside, Vikram and Amy Jackson comedy superstar Santhanam has also been roped in . Renowned cinematographer PC Sreeram is working in collaboration with A R Rahman who is the featured composer of ‘Ai’ .

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