Rajinikanth’s 1995 superhit Muthu has been restored in 4K and can be re-released in Tokyo, Japan, this month. The film directed by K.S. Ravikumar and produced by Kavithalayaa Productions will be released in other screens and cities in Japan by mid-December. This can be the first time a restored movie is being released abroad. Muthu was launched earlier in Japan as the Dancing maharajah, acquiring cult status.
In a short, two-minute video, Rajinikanth has wished the individuals of Japan and welcomed them (Japanese audience) to watch the film. “This video will be played before the movie begins,” said Kandaswamy Bharathan, joint managing director, Kavithalayaa Productions. The video bytes given by the superstar are used for promotions across Japanese TV and social media channels.
“We have restored the print in 4K and 5.1 CH surround. We went frame-by-frame and removed the glitches. We roped in a Mumbai-based firm for this purpose,” he added.
In addition to taking over 4K scan and repair work from original negatives, 5.1 CH digital remix was dispensed below the supervising of music director A.R. Rahman. It took nine weeks to complete the complete the entire process and give a new avatar to this movie. “In the 90s, we had mono-audio and so had to convert it to suit today’s technology,” said Mr. Bharathan.
The film will be in Tamil with subtitles in Japanese. Muthu was first released in Japan in October 1998 across 50 screens. The title of the film was Odoru Maharaja’ (Dancing Maharaja) and it completed over a 100-day run with the best box office in the Japanese market then. In 2006, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a special mention concerning the film in his address to Japan’s Parliament. According to Mr. Bharathan, the Japanese identified Muthu as a movie of tolerance, compassion and with the great human.
Trailer goes viral
The new trailer has been released in Japan and has gone viral. Eden Entertainment, a Japanese distribution firm, and Kavithalayaa are working towards making this release a grand success. The film will run in over 25 screens with an average seating capacity of 250 each, according to sources.