Song picturisation of 'Boys'
Director Shankar has always had a penchant for grandeur, which is reflected in the locations he choses, the sets he gets his art director to design, and the way he picturises his songs. 'Boys' is no exception.
Apart from roping in Mumbai-based singers, Lucky Ali and Adnan Sami, to sing for the film, he has picturised his songs on unusual sets, and also used animation and graphics for four of his six songs.
In 'Jeans', Aishwarya Rai had a skeleton dancing along in a song. Here, a computer-generated beautiful girl dances with the real dancers for the song 'Girl friend...'.
For yet another song, art director Sabu Cyril has used the Beach area in Chennai to construct a Beach resort (San's Resort), complete with a swimming pool, restaurant, discotheque. A Caribbean atmosphere has been provided.
Sixty-two cameras were used for yet another song ('Kadhal Sonna Ganame..') in a new technique called the 'Time Freeze', claims the director. The same song also has some computer-graphics designed by Digital Pictures from Australia.
Waste products like rusted iron and copper, broken bottles, logs of wood, roots and branches of trees, empty bottles of Coke-Pepsi-Fanta, and bulbs, have been used to design the sets for the picturisation of the 'Boom boom..' song.
For picturising the 'Maro..Maro..' song, dance choreographer Raju Sundaram has used 500 fibre-drums, and an equal number of trained dancers selected from all over India. The song was shot in the International Cricket Stadium at Kochi, in the midst of thousands of cricket fans.
The auditorium of the Madras University was turned into a venue for the 'MTV' awards function, where the music group sings the number 'Sariga...'. Reportedly, the unit had taken special permission from the 'MTV' organisation to use its logo.
A week's shoot took place at the Rajahmundry Central jail, that houses about 1,200 hard-core convicts, and a 'gaana' song too was picturised there.
Mount Road (Anna Salai) Chennai, was the venue of some action sequences in the story. A 10-day-shoot took place there, the salient feature of which was a helicopter-chase scene. Hundreds of buses, cars and two-wheelers were hired for the purpose. This would be one of the highlights of the film, promises the unit.
All five of Shankar's earlier films have been successes. And if 'Boys' delivers what it promises to, and keeps up to all the hype it has generated, Shankar may yet have another hit in his hands!