The Robinhood act is hard to be missed and though there are those predictable moments, what the heck! I was thoroughly enjoying them even though there are some Nayak references with all the red tapes being cut and the signatures being taken, by hook or by crook! The drama is compelling and Rajini moments are also into force. Big time!
The tricks are all there. So much for the Rajini fans, you know! And it is not difficult to imagine that there would be many more of the clan after the release of the flick. Goggles keep swirling in the air with utmost charm, coins keep moving one palm to another while defying gravity, a jeep races over a dozen odd other big cars while throwing them in air as if they were sleeping dogs on a pavement.
But mother of all stunts take place in the per-climax song when a revolver thrown by Rajini finds its own target, shoots it and returns back like a boomerang into his hands. Well, there is one more. A bullet racing towards Rajini manages to reach him but stops millimeters away from his forehead. And now as he walks, it continues to move back too.
Yes, I got my money's worth by this time.
But then there was more to come. And this was not just the gimmicks/style but some real drama. After an attempt on his life, Shivaji returns back in his new avtar. And this is what one calls style. One would have never imagined being bald to be so cool, but Rajini makes it all so plausible! This time around he is called MGR and just when it seemed that the movie had come to an end with a possible sequel being in the mind of the writer, there are some more intense scenes between him and Adi to follow.
The 3 hour film comes to an end with a Matrix style choreographed action sequence and the seetis-and-taalis are eae deafening. If this is the kind of frenzy in Delhi, what would be the kind of scene down South, I wonder?
My friend was right. I didn't miss on any of the fun even though the only words I could understand were a few mouthed in English. The hype was worth it, I realize, even as I move out of the theater promising myself to catch it again as and when it came in it's Hindi dubbed version or with English subtitles.
Yes, I am a little guilty about the fact that I ignored a few movies, especially Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Ocean's Thirteen over Shivaji but I can convince myself that after all it was worth it. I will certainly give each of the backlog films also a dekko but till then I am sure the Shivaji hangover would be hard to resist.
After all it is due to all the right reasons that when Rajinikanth name flashes in the opening title rolls of each of his films, it is prefixed with SUPERSTAR. Yes, he truly is!