Was planning to start blogging, but unable to start off, well after watching Sivaji, i said why not start off blogging on this.
The latest movie i watched as of now ;). hmm Had to wait for a week to watch it , the tickets were booked up for a week on the day of release itself. nice movie, with a message and as usual publicity stunts , Rajni Style, Way to Go 🙂 Must Admit Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Fell Flat n Sivaji was a massive success all over the world.
(Sivaji – Review – Settu Shankar, OneIndia,15/06)
What is the expectation of a Rajini fan from his ‘Thalaivar’ superstar’s film?
Extraordinary action with punch dialogues which excite the audience, impeccable , a decent romance without any awkward posturing, and finally a right message for the society are the of a standard Rajini film.
Shivaji, the biggest production in the history of Indian cinema, is laced with all the above mentioned ingredients in right proportions and above all the mannerisms and the new look of Rajini with a bald head really rocks the viewers.In fact one is treated to a fair dose of fresh new styles from Rajinikanth; the famous cigarette flick is replaced by a flick of a chewing gum and a one-rupee coin.
But remember beneath all this superstar hype, the movie is directed by Shankar, and he sometimes seems obsessed with exhibiting extreme and impractical ways of fighting a corrupt system in reel life, like he has done with Shivaji. This time he has focussed on black money and the hawala racket, and of course the oft-repeated rags-to-riches storyline, so typical of a Rajinikanth flick.
Rajini’s introduction on screen in this film is not as sensational as some of his recent hits, and the highlight of the first half is comedy. It’s the first time that Rajinikanth has got together with comedian Vivek on screen and their chemistry has worked well. But it becomes apparent that Vivek has overacted in a few scenes. The makers of Rajini film have not forgotten one thing; the fans coming to see their Thalaivar only. A director must always portray the supestar as a demi- god, and ensure his presence on screen in a major portion of the film That is why the fans start fretting and whistling over Vivek or Shreya portions which sometimes seem to undermine the superstar’s presence in the film.
For a Rajini movie watcher, Rajini is all-conquering in reel life. They accept even his ludicrous stunts, such as a somersault, flying in the air, brandishing his shoes to beat up the villains, or lighting up of a cigarette with his gun- without even batting their eyelids.
The pre-interval scenes appear far removed from the main plot, which makes it somewhat boring for the audiences. But the director has more than made up for this lacunae through some well-executed action sequences, and of course the inimitable mannerisms of Rajinikanth regale the audiences.
What is the story?
Shivaji is a US returned NRI who wants to do something for his motherland, but a corrupt system prevalent in the country put many impediments in his quest for the same. Suman, the man in a white costume with a wicked heart tries to kill Shivaji in every possible way. The remaining portion of the film is about how Shivaji overcomes all these hurdles and does good for the people, by flushing out all black money circulating in the economy.
The plot actually begins to unfold only after the intermission, and Shankar treats you to a truly filmy way of fighting black money and a corrupt system, just like he did in his first film Gentleman or Indian, Mudhalvan, and many other films. But there is nothing new in Shankar’s script, and once again he seems to follow the beaten track. However, the climax is an extended portion but is interesting, and the action and a brand-new look of the superstar really stuns everyone. Even a non- Rajini fan will enjoy his stylish looks and imposing dialogue delivery.
Is it a Shankar film or Rajini film…? Surely it is a Rajini film with Shankar’s craftsmanship! The superstar really steals the hearts of the viewers with every bit of his action. His new style and young looks rock the teenage audience. They applaud wildly for every scene in which Rajini appears, performing his magical styles.
One can better review the movie after watching the film with the fans in a theater instead of watching it in a preview theater with the so-called pseudo- intellectuals! After all, the purpose of the movie is to entertain the people for 3 continuous hours, and Shivaji has more than fulfilled this expectation of the movie-goers. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Rajini has more or less undone all the mistakes committed by Shankar in the script, through his virtuoso performance; whether it is a duet scene, or a dance oriented BGM, or a risky stunt, Rajini stands tall with his superb acting. Of course, one should give due credit to the director by bestowing the superstar with a new, fresh look.
It is truly a treat for every Rajini fan to watch the super star’s dance movements in the ‘Athiradee…’ song. Shreya has performed her part well with her sizzling song-and-dance sequences, but beyond a point, it seems overdone. Vivek’s comedy entertains the viewers, but in a few scenes he seems to be imitating the superstar as regards his dialogue delivery . It could have been avoided. Suman’s character as a larger- than- life villain fails to attract the attention of the viewers. The director has failed to show him as somebody with a unique mannerism, like Raghuvaran in Mudhalvan. It is a pleasant surprise for the viewers to see Prof. Soloman Pappaiya in a hilarious role. Other characters have also performed their roles well.
On the technical side, K.V.Anand has excelled with his breathtaking shots with camera. And musician A.R.Rahman needs no introduction. He has come out with some of the best tunes in his career for the superstar.
There are few logical flaws in the script. But above all, the super star stands tall like a strong pillar and the movie will definitely be another milestone in his glittering career. The extraordinary rush seen on the very second day of the release after rave reviews by the media earlier, proves this!!!!