After several dates for principal photography to begin, ranging between March and April 2011, were reported, it finally began on 29 April 2011 at AVM Studios in Chennai. In a turn of events, Rajinikanth fell ill on set and was treated for dehydration and exhaustion at a hospital, after being diagnosed with a mild foodborne illness, resulting in postponment of filming.He was admitted to St. Isabel's Hospital in Mylapore and seemed to experience vomiting. However, he seemed to be making a quick recovery and his son-in-law Dhanush said it was no big problem and that he would make a quick recovery
The pooja event saw Chow Ramasamy, Director Balachander, Director Balu Mahendra, Lyricist Vaali, Producer Panchu Arunachalam, Cameraman Ratnavelu.
The other guests include, SP Muthuraman, Lyricist Vairamuthu, dance master Raghuram, Rajini's daughters Aishwarya Rajinikanth & Soundarya Rajinikanth, Producer Suresh Krishna, actor producer Panchu Subbu, Sathya Jyothi Films Producer RM Veerappan, singer TM Soundarrajan graced the occasion.
The first shot was taken in the lucky mascot place at the Pillayar Kovil inside the AVM Studios.
It looks like Rajini’s full concentration is on his next project Rana. Well known fact is that Rajini never failed to keep up his word. He had promised his fans a few days through a letter stating that he would return to their love by entertaining them more and more. By sticking to his promise the actor is leaving no stone unturned to ensure his promise.
Even though he is taking rest in Singapore Rajini is making sure that everything goes well with Rana, which is dream project. He is in talks on phone with director KS Ravi Kumar and Lyricist Vairamuthu to known each and every happening of the film pre production works.
Rajini very recently have given a call to his heroine Deepika Padukone and has informed her that the movie will move on floors in the month of September. The actress is elated to receive a call from Superstar and she promised Rajini that she would give her fullest support to the film.
Now it can be confirmed that Rajini will be joining the sets of Rana in September.Rajini called Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone was in for a pleasant surprise when Rajinikanth called her personally. He told her that he will be back on the sets in September and work will proceed rapidly from that point. Deepika was thrilled to hear from him and assured him that she was onboard and will give her 100 percent to Rana.