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Rajnikant’s Robot benifits unlikely ally – Central railways

Central Railways received a record Rs 1.56 crores revenue from renting its property for the film's shoot.

Written by PrashantRangnekar | Mumbai |
October 2, 2010 10:25:59 am

The worldwide release of Rajnikant’s Robot,the costliest movie ever produced in India,on October 1 has given the Central Railway (CR) too some reason to cheer — the movie has helped the railways to register a record Rs 1.56-crore revenue from renting its property for film-shoots.

As many as 28 movies were shot on CR property in 2009-’10,and Robot alone helped CR earn around Rs 68 lakh.

It is for the first time that the CR revenue from film-shoots crossed the Rs 1-crore mark. Though the security deposit with the railways was only Rs 5 lakh,it had asked the production house to get the property insured for Rs 10 crore against any damage after having a look at a sequence in the film.

In the fight sequence,some goons attack Rajnikant and Aishwarya in a local train.

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The sequence,which was shot both in the Central Railway (CR) and Southern Railway (SR),shows seats being uprooted and the compartment being damaged.

“The sequence was shot at Lonavala from December 18 to 28. Three trains were used; two were used for shooting while one was used for a camera that ran parallel to the train,” said AK Jain,senior spokesperson for CR.

“The damage shown on screen is all special effects. We do not permit any scene that would damage public property.”

Slumdog Millionaire also had some sequences shot on stations like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

“We are earning handsome money through film-shoots; we hope to cross last year’s mark this year too,” chief spokesperson Shriniwas Mudgerikar said.

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