Lingaa enjoyed highest expectation for any Tamil cinema before its release in spite of being bombarded with many legal issues. The film, over the last few months not only increased the anticipation level among Indian movie goers but had also managed to induce excitement amid foreigner’s. So what does the most anticipated movie has to offer?
Well, to begin with there couldn’t have been a better treat for all Rajinikanth fans on his birthday for the movie focuses entirely on the Superstar. Though the movie carries a predictable plot, KS Ravikumar’s brilliant story telling skills induces a fresh dimension to the movie.
Raja Lingeshwaran(Rajinikanth) is a rightful heir to a famous dynasty that once ruled most parts of Southern India. Though he belongs to the royal family, Raja Lingeshwaran grows up to become a noble and learned person. When Britishers take over after abolishing the traditional Indian ruling system, drought wrecks havoc in Raja Lingeshwaran’s village.
Raja Lingeshwaran takes up the initiative and requests the Britishers to build a much needed dam that would serve well for the people. But his idea is opposed citing a political reason and hence he leads from the front and inspires each and every villager to take up the responsibility to build a dam for themselves without seeking help from the foreigners.
In spite of facing many deadly hurdles from people with evil intentions, the dam is built successfully however, the hard work of an entire village doesn’t bear fruit as the constructed dam is not allowed to serve its purpose by some corrupt people.
That leaves the present day Rajinikanth with a huge responsibility of finishing the work which was started by Raja Lingeshwaran and his people. But that doesn’t proves to be easy as he is jolted by many obstacles. How he completes his task at hand with the help of his friends forms the remaining story.
Rajinikanth shines throughout the movie and carries the entire film on his shoulders. His performance as a responsible king and modern person is appreciable. Anushka has done a wonderful job in her role as reporter and the other leading lady Sonakshi impresses the audience with her expressions. Santhanam is good as always with his witty one liners and his combination with Rajinikanth has worked wonders.
Randy’s camerawork is brilliant and has managed to capture the essence of Karnataka’s scenic beauty. Apart from showcasing Rajinikanth no more than a 40 year old, his collaboration with the colorist has worked well as there is seemingly significant difference in visuals between two different time periods.
Sabu Cyril, as a production designer has done a fantastic job in presenting visually appealing sets. Though the set designed for ‘En Mannava’ song reminds us of Sivaji’s ‘Vaaji Vaaji’, he manages to score lots of points in other aspects.
AR Rahman’s background score is brilliant as usual. Special mention goes to the make-up artistes and designer Nikhaar Dhawan who has tailored Rajinikanth’s costumes in a simple yet stylish manner.
Watch Lingaa for its technical brilliance and KS Ravikumar’s intriguing narration. If you are a Rajinikanth’s fan then watch it again solitarily for the Indian Film Personality of the year.
Review Courtesy: filmibeat.com