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Rajini wows French filmmaker

Thursday, June 1, 2006 • Tamil Comments

After making waves in Japan, superstar Rajinikanth's fights in Muthu are set to entertain audiences in France, albeit only for 100 seconds.

French filmmaker Alain Chabat's latest offering Prete Moi Ta Main (Lend Me Your Hand) features one of the fight sequences from the south Indian actor's 1995 blockbuster.

The French movie was screened at the Cannes Film Market last month and will be released in November, Etienne Dubaille, an official in Chabat's Paris-based Chezwam production house, has been quoted as saying by a news agency.

Chabat, best known for his 2002 hit ‘Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra’, had been on the lookout for a clip to be shown on television in his comedy when his eye fell on the martial arts sequence in the Tamil film, he said.

In ‘Prete Moi Ta Main’, the lead actress watches the 100-second sequence on a TV set and as part of the dialogue says that she's watching Muthu, a must-see Indian movie’.

Rajinikanth's face and his trademark action style are clearly visible in the clip, Dubaille said adding that permission was obtained to use the footage from Chennai-based Kavithalaya production house.

In 1998, Muthu hogged the limelight in Japan where it was released as the ‘Dancing Maharaja’. The film did well at the box-office and gained Rajinikanth a cult following in Japan.