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Sivaji Productions
Film production
Film distribution
Industry Entertainment, Software
Headquarters Chennai, India
Key people
Ramkumar Ganesan
Prabhu Ganesan
Products Motion pictures (Tamil)
Motion pictures (Hindi)
Website http://www.sivajiproductions.com

Sivaji Productions is a film distributing and producing company of Tamil and Hindi language films.[1]

History[edit]

Sivaji Productions company is owned by Prabhu Ganesan and his brother Ramkumar Ganesan. It is named after their father, the thespian Sivaji Ganesan. Notable films released under their banner includes Chandramukhi and Delhii Heights.

Sivaji Productions was started in 1956 by Dr. Sivaji Ganesan and his brother Sri V.C. Shanmugam. It was first started as a distribution company and distributed many of Dr. Sivaji's movies. In 1958, Sivaji Productions co-produced its first film Amardeep which was a Hindi remake of Amardeepam. Its first solo production was Vietnam Veedu in 1969 with Dr. Sivaji in the lead role.

Since then, Sivaji Productions has produced about 18 films till date. The last being Chandramukhi-the biggest blockbuster of 2005 and the longest run film in South India.

After Sri V.C. Shanmugam’s death in 1986, Dr. Sivaji's son Mr. G.Ramkumar took over Sivaji Productions.

Sivaji Productions has also ventured into the production of television serials. It has produced two serials, Kokila engey Pogirral in Tamil and Seethama Maeyamma in Telugu and is currently producing a Tamil serial called Thavam for Kalaingar TV.

Chandramukhi was the 50th film produced by Sivaji Productions.[2] During the success meet of Mannan (1992), Rajinikanth announced that he would act in Sivaji Productions' 50th film.[3] In September 2004, Rajinikanth congratulated P. Vasu on the success of Apthamitra (2004) and was impressed with the film's screenplay. Vasu narrated a story of the film to Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth later called Ramkumar Ganesan and asked him to do the film in Tamil under Ramkumar's home production banner, Sivaji Productions.[4]

Ramkumar telephoned Vasu, who was offering worship in a temple in Guruvayoor at that time, informing him of Rajinikanth's wish to do Apthamitra in Tamil under his direction.[4] Vasu reworked the script he wrote for Apthamitra to suit Rajinikanth's style of acting.[5] The film dealt mainly with the concept of dissociative identity disorder, commonly known as "multiple personality disorder" (MPD) or "split personality syndrome".[6] The film received positive reviews from critics and became a successful venture at the box-office.[7][8]

Their next project was initially announced with Gautham Menon as director.[9] However, the film's production failed to take off, with repeated dates being announced by the directors for the film's first schedule throughout 2009. Subsequently, Menon was removed from the project by the producers due to the film's inactivity, with directors Dharani, Vishnuvardhan and Saran leading the race to take over.[10]

In January 2009, the film was reannounced as Asal by Prabhu and the story was subsequently changed with Saran being signed up as the film's director.[11] The film received negative reviews from critics and became a failure at box-office.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Director Cast Notes
1958 Amar Deep Hindi T. Prakash Rao Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala, Padmini, Pran Co Production with venus Pictures
1962 Rakhi Hindi A. Bhimsingh Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Waheeda Rehman Co Production with Prabhuram pictures
1964 Puthiya Paravai Tamil Dada Mirasi
1970 Vietnam Veedu Tamil P. Madhavan Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, Nagesh, srikanth Was a super hit film that ran for over 100 days in Chennai, Kovai, Trichy and Salem
1974 Thanga Pathakkam Tamil P. Madhavan Sivaji Ganesan, K.R.Vijaya, Cho Ramasamy, Srikanth Celebrated over 100 days in Chennai(3), Madurai, Trichy, Selam, Kovai, Vellor, Tanjore, Kumbakonam, Tirunelveli, Erode & Over 175 Days in Chennai and Trichy
1977 Annan Oru Koyil Tamil K. Vijayan Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha, Sumitra

Super Hit film ran for over 100 days in Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Salem, Coimbatore, Tanjore and Kudandhai

1979 Thirisoolam Tamil K. Vijayan Sivaji Ganesan, K.R.Vijaya, Thengai Srinivasan Sivaji’s 200th film
One of the all time BlockBuster that ran over 200 days in Tamil Nadu and Grossed over 5 Cr revenue for the first time ever in the history of Tamil Cinema
1980 Ratha Paasam Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, Thengai Srinivasan, Manorama
1982 Vaa Kanna Vaa Tamil D. Yoganand Sivaji Ganesan, sujatha, nagesh,jai ganesh One of the Super hit Film that ran over 100 days.
1983 Sandhippu Tamil C. V. Rajendran Sivaji Ganesan, Sridevi,Prabhu Another Silve Jubilee film and was a big grosser after Thirisoolam. Ran for over 175 days in Chennai,Madurai and crossed 100 days in all major towns in Tamil Nadu.
1985 Neethiyin Nizhal Tamil Bharathi-Vasu Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu,K.R.Vijaya
1986 Anandha Kanneer Tamil K. Vijayan Sivaji Ganesan, Lakshmi,Thengai Srinivasan, Visu
1986 Aruvadai Naal Tamil G. M. Kumar Prabhu, Pallavi, R.P. Viswam, Vadivukarasi, Rasi
1987 Anand Tamil C. V. Rajendran Prabhu, Radha,Sowcar Janaki
1988 En Thamizh En Makkal Tamil Santhana Bharathi Sivaji Ganesan, vadivukkarasi, Nizhalgal Ravi
1989 Vetri Vizha Tamil Pratap Pothan Kamal Hassan, Prabhu,Amala, Khusboo
1990 My Dear Marthandan Tamil Pratap Pothen Prabhu, Khusboo,S.S.Chandran
1991 Thalattu Ketkuthamma Tamil Rajkapoor Prabhu, Kanaka,Senthil, R.P.Viswam, Silk Smitha
1992 Mannan Tamil P.Vasu Rajnikanth, Vijayshanthi,Khusboo
1993 Kalaignan Tamil G. B. Vijay Kamal Haasan, Bindiya, Shivaranjani
1994 Rajakumaran Tamil R. V. Udayakumar Prabhu, Nadia,Meena Prabhu’s 100th film
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil P.Vasu Rajnikanth, Prabhu,Jothika, Nayanthara
2007 Delhii Heights Hindi Anand Kumar Jimmy shiergill, Neha dhupia, om puri
2010 Aasal Tamil Saran Ajith Kumar, Prabhu Ganesan, Sameera Reddy, Bhavana,suresh
2017 Theri 2 Tamil Atlee Vijay, Amy Jackson, motta Rajendran, Baby Nainika Announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sivajiproductions.com
  2. ^ Dhananjayan 2011, p. 269.
  3. ^ Chinnarayana 2015, p. 11.
  4. ^ a b Kumar, S. R. Ashok (27 September 2004). "The making of a Rajnikant-starrer". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/fr/2005/06/03/stories/2005060304040100.htm
  6. ^ K. Jeshi (11 February 2006). "In an imperfect world". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (15 April 2005). "Return of the king". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (22 April 2005). "The Superstar strikes in style". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Moviebuzz (2008). "Ajith & Gautham come together in Surangani". Sify. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Moviebuzz (2008). "Breaking News- Gautham parts way with Ajit". Sify. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Moviebuzz (2009). "Ajith's Asal". Sify. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Review: Asal is for Ajith fans – Rediff.com Movies. Movies.rediff.com (5 February 2010). Retrieved on 21 February 2014.

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