Starring: Rajnikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka, Santhanam and many more
Editing : Samjith
Music : AR Rahman
Written and Directed by: KS Ravikumar
Rajni, the Super Star, returns back live after 4 years. That too the film released on his birthday. What else will give more joy to all the film fans. Lingaa a short time creation but with a huge star cast gave a very good hype on what the film is as many cases were against the story of the film. So lets see what the Super Star gives us.
Named after his grandfather, Lingeshwaran (Rajnikanth) is one of the classiest robbers, in association with his friends. But he is also wanted by Anushka and the folks of Solaiyur, for reopening an age old temple. Curious and clueless about why his grandfather is praised so much, Linga is finally forced to agree to visit the village. The young lad eventually learns that his grandfather was the one to revive the life and livelihood of the entire village, with his own money. But flashing back, Lingeshwaran is a wealthy king with a heart singularly aimed at serving people. Why and how did the king misunderstand? What is the backbone forms the rest.
The problem with Lingaa is that even though Rajnikanth plays two characters, it is Lingeswaran whom the film is clearly enamoured with. But the character is not truly striking and hardly has a formidable antagonist — the scheming British collector never seems threatening. For a film crafted and made ready-to-release in six months, many frames in the film look like a richly painted big canvas, quite a visual treat, with the beautiful Mysore palace and also sets mounted on a mega scale, animation and computer graphics.
Superstar – that’s one word, said enough. For years, movies that star Rajnikanth, portray him as a rogue who ultimately transforms into a benevolent and generous, forthcoming person with high respect in the society. This is the person Rajnikanth himself, in most parts. Thalaivar plays his part well, as a gentleman in all respects, and his dialogues befit both his roles. And both Sonakshi Sinha, who abandons her home and village to be with the Raja as he is banished, and Anushka Shetty as a television anchor-girlfriend of Lingaa are characters on the periphery. Naturally, with a superstar like Rajnikanth in frame after frame, the others around shrink into inconsequential specks.
Rathnavelu’s work on the camera angles, especially in songs, apart from palace scenes and train fight sequences are good. Equally good is Samjith’s work on editing and superimposition – noteworthy are the scenes when of jewellery robbery and the spat with the British. AR Rahman’s songs slowly gives the pep for the film and his background score is simple as the story. It is another clean masala from Ravikumar which has a racy screenplay to justify the story that preaches unity, integrity, honesty, humility, and generosity, all for the goodwill of people. Introduction of the thought that people should not be biased based on caste, is an intelligent move. However, certain patches do stand out as sore thumb that are in dire need of finesse – like dialogues for everyone other than Rajni, action, choreography, and graphics, especially in climax. In all, the film looks like it is made for Rajnikanth, to make him the hero of all times, but fails to meet expectations as a movie on the whole…!! 🙂