The Independent film ‘The Rajini Effect’ by London based Tamil directors Nelson and Kuvera Sivalingam will premiere this summer at the largest Indian film festival in Europe. Taking place in Germany, the 10th Stuttgart Indian Film Festival runs from July 17 to 21 at Stuttgart’s Metropol Cinema. This year marks 100 years of Indian cinema with guest of honour, south Indian actress and director Revathi.
‘The Rajini Effect’, a film produced by Barking Mad Productions stars Jonathan Truong, Ramesh Vethanayagam, Mandeesh Gill and has a special appearance by Anu Hassan. The film has brought the talents of people from all over the world together, with the directors being of Sri Lankan Tamil origin and some the cast and crew hailing from Japan. The film will be screened on Saturday 20 July 2013 with a number of films from India and beyond, including the Aamir Khan starrer ‘Taalash’, and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Special 26’.
London based music producer Charles Bosco has utilised the talents of local British Asian artistes including Jackson Bosco, Priti Menon & Rani Joshi for the soundtrack which features an array of Tamil & Hindi songs.
So what is it about? ‘The Rajini Effect’ is a quirky comedy about a Japanese guy who wants to become the next big Indian movie superstar. Ever since watching his first Rajinikanth (south Indian movie star) film in Tokyo, at the tender age of 10, there is only one thing TAIHO wants to do with his life – become the next Indian movie superstar. Burdened by the realities of being a grown-up and having to support his single parent mother, his dreams begin to fade. Then one day he comes across an advert for an Indian short film competition looking for ‘Tomorrow’s superstar’ – all he has to do is make a short film to show that he has the special spark to become the next Superstar. Together with his 50 year old, budding film maker/accountant friend RAMU, he sets out to make the film and win the competition, on the way paying homage to his idol Rajini. With no cast, no money and very little time, can they make the film and win the competition? Can a Japanese guy become the next Rajinikanth? We are all about to find out!