In 1963 Tamil movie ‘Karnan’ a lot of effort was taken for the authenticity of the war scenes. The money involved was on a large scale. For the first time, a story from an epic was shot in opulent locations such as the palaces of Jaipur. Huge moving chariots were made in Chennai and transported to Kurukshetra, where the war sequences were filmed.Government permission was sought, and cavalry and infantry from the Indian Army were brought to the locations at Kurukshetra and the first rows of the charging armies on horses and elephants had soldiers from the Indian Army”
Every elderly people will still remember the war scene where in Karnan speaks to Krishna…Bheeshma in the arrow-bed etc. Nadikar Thilakam Shivaji is a great actor and the Andhra super star of those days, N.T.Rama Rao acted as Krishna in that movie. As everybody knows, Karna is a story in Mahabharata, our Hindu classic epic. ‘Karnan’, the 1963 Tamil Classic Movie – Unforgettable Movie! The music for the movie is by the famous M.S. Viswanathan and Ramamurthy duo.
The trailer launch of legendary Sivaji Ganesan`s restored digital version of epic movie Karnan was launched at Sathyam Cinemas on February 21. BR Panthulu`s Karnan will now be re-released in digital format soon.
At the launch director Cheran urged present day filmmakers not to use Sivaji Ganesan`s film titles for current films. Said Cheran: “I am an ardent fan of Sivaji Ganesan. Today,anyone can act in films irrespective of whether you have the talent or not. So by keeping the titles of thespian Sivaji Ganesan`s films, the present filmmakers are bringing disrespect to the legendary actor.”
Cheran challenged current filmmakers to remake a Sivaji Ganesan film. Added Cheran: “One can remake Billas and Maapillais, but it is impossible to remake Sivaji`s immortal Tamil classics.”
It is true that Nadikar Thilakam Sivaji Ganesan is a legend in acting and nobody can substitute him. He himself is a University of Acting and the young actors must devote their time in seeing his old pictures and learn the techniques of acting.