The footage used by MGR in foreign locations came to 80,000 feet. Out of these 10,000 feet were used for back ground scenes. MGR further deleted some 20,000 feet of the footage. But the duration of the film was over 4 ½ hours. He asked Sankar Director as well as Good Editor to trim the movie. After Sankar’s work the Foreign footage came to 40,000 feet. that is what we see today in the Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.
And what happened to deleted footage? And what the story will be? And were is the remaining negative. Many film that are released DVD nowadays have included deleted scenes. Some movies are again released as Special Edition have not before seen footages, Alternate ending and deleted scenes. Can MGR fans have a chance to peek the remaining portion? God Only Knows.
MGR has habit of spending lavishly for his own productions. Not to say Ulagam Sutrum Valiban his own production! He spent nearly 4 lakhs for the Water ballad for shooting (only shooting the real water ballad and not the matching shots that he took in Satya Studios with a large Glass Tank)
Catering is another Budget for his movies, his crew has spent Rs.80,000/- in Hilton Hotel, Japan in a day for Ice Creams, remember it was in 1970-71. What could be cost now?
On completion of this movie MGR’s home and all his properties were under Mortgage. The success gave the difference. The Budget got high because the negative were sabotaged and to make it up he has to recreate most of the scenes that are shot in Singapore, including the Tiger Balm Gardens, Beach Outdoor etc.
To be continued