Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the impact Rajinikanth has on the masses. As I was watching this movie, I could not help but wonder how this 64 year old actor never fails to make the audience go crazy with his unique style. Journalist Naman Ramachandran, perfectly describes the start of any Rajini movie
There is total silence in the auditorium, a hush that is shattered when the letter ‘S’ appears on screen. Screams, wolf whistles and thunderous applause greet each letter that follows individually: ‘U’, ‘P’, ‘E’, ‘R’, ‘S’, ‘T’, ‘A’, ‘R’. The letters resolve themselves into ‘SUPERSTAR’. When the letter ‘R’ follows this, there is pandemonium. he next four letters joined to the first make up RAJNI—and now the fans are dancing on their seats: some shower fistfuls of small change on the screen and others cast flowers. The decibel levels rise while the opening credits roll, and when the man himself is first seen on screen, they spiral into a crescendo. Grown men cry openly and scream ‘Thalaivaa’ in the same tone that they reserve for entreaties to the Almighty.
You will experience such scenes whether you are in Ann Arbor, Manchester, Kuala Lumpur, Kandy, Sydney or even Tokyo. Lingaa was no different. It was a good and entertaining movie. The flashback scenes were powerful though some of the special effects and CGI could have been better edited.
I am sure many reviewers and movie critics will of course have plenty of things to say about this movie. They will be looking at it from an artistic point, in-depth character and so on. The truth is, watching a Rajinikanth movie is an experience by itself. It’s difficult to judge it based on conventional ways. The last 10 minutes of the film provide you with the usual fighting, good triumphing over evil and some over the top stunt scenes that may even shame Vijayakanth, (You had this for Enthiran as well with the ridiculous formations made by the robot Rajinikanth that seem to go on forever) but despite all of this, I would think the movie was just amazing. Plenty of useful messages throughout, some tear jerking scenes in between a few songs. The standard masala formula that has entertained millions of people without fail for years. I would think that Rajinikanth has done well with Lingaa.
Superstar is back!
Oh wait…He never really left.
Happy birthday Thailavaa!