Not for nothing that producer-director Shankar is known as the ‘showman’ of India on the lines of Bollywood’s Subhai Ghai: the irrepressible film-maker recently created ‘Ukraine’ in Chennai so that superstar Rajinikanth doesn’t get to travel to Ukraine, the largest European country.
Known for erecting huge sets and planning things in a novel and unprecedented manner, Shankar has added one more feather to his cap by creating Ukraine in Chennai where the crew planning to shoot a duet song sequences involving Rajini and Amy Jackson. However, the situation was such that the crew couldn’t leave for Ukraine by the next available flight.
Neither did Rajini want to embark on a foreign tour and when he expressed his thought to Shankar, the latter went ahead to put his thinking cap on and create ‘Ukraine’ in Chennai by erecting huge sets resembling Ukraine’s landscape.
The song has since been shot and thanks to computer-generated graphics, the song has come out very well; though the expenditure might have gone overboard a bit, Lyca Productions didn’t mind as it was entirely satisfied with the end product!