Famed stunt coordinator Woo-ping Yuen will be directing superstar Rajnikanth, reports Prithwish Ganguly
South superstar Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Endhiran, which was previously titled Robot, has roped in acclaimed Chinese stunt coordinator Woo-ping Yuen to supervise the action stunts of the film.
Sixty-three-year-old Yuen, also an actor and director, has been instrumental in creating some of the most memorable action stunts in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that had Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill films, The Matrix series starring Keanu Reeves and The Forbidden Kingdom, which had Jet Li and Jackie Chan in it.
Directed by S Shankar, Endhiran is based on the work of the late writer Sujatha’s novels En Iniya Iyanthira and Jeeno Shankar, who has previously directed Rajnikanth in Sivaji: The Boss. The film has a mammoth budget of rupees 140 crore for Endhiran making it the most expensive film to be made in India to date.
“Endhiran will have very slick action sequences and Shankar wanted to have someone who is very big to create some never seen before stunts. Yuen is a master of stunts,” says an insider.
The source adds, “With Yuen looking after the stunts himself, be rest assured that you will get to see some action that defy gravity and reason. There may be some on-air stunts too. Rajnikanth is super excited that he will get to do all this. Yuen might also mix some martial arts in the action sequences.”
The shooting of Endhiran, shooting has already begun in the exotic locales of Peru, is
expected to release on April 14, 2010.