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 foreigners. 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 story telling skills
induces a fresh dimension to the movie.
Raja Lingeshwaran(Rajinikanth) is the rightful heir to a famous
dynasty that once ruled most parts of Southern India. Though he
belongs to the royal family, Raja Lingeshwaran graduates as a civil
engineer who also goes on to become Madurai's collector as per his
father's wish. When Britishers takeover after abolishing the
traditional Indian ruling system, drought wrecks havoc in a small
village to which Raja Lingeshwaran is transferred as its new
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. He also takes care of the
monetary issue by taking up the expenses to build the dam.
In spite of facing many deadly hurdles from people with evil
intentions, the dam is built successfully. However, after many
years(present day) the hard work of an entire village is put under
danger by a corrupt MP played by Jagapati Babu, the main
An old man from the village, played by legendary director-actor
K Vishwanath gets to know that the only way to save the village is
by opening lord Shiva's temple situated near the dam after almost
75 years which was also built by Raja Lingeshwaran. But since the
villagers believe only an heir of Raja Lingeshwaran should open the
temple, Rajinikanth(Lingaa), who is the grandson of Raja
Lingeshwaran, comes back to the village to open the temple. Why the
temple has to be opened? What danger has befallen on the village
forms the rest of the story.
Rajinikanth shines throughout the movie and carries the entire
film on his shoulders. His performance as a responsible king as
well as a civil engineer is appreciable. Anushka has done a decent job in her
role as TV 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. Supporting actors' performances including Jagapati
Babu is average.
Randy's camerawork is brilliant. 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 like designing the vehicles
of pre-independence era to perfection.
Rahman's background score is good. The work of make-up artists
and designer Nikhaar Dhawan who has tailored Rajinikanth's costumes
in a simple yet stylish manner is appreciable.
Special mention goes to Samjith Mohd who's editing skills turns
an average plot into an interesting watch. Screenplay is average
but at the same time doesn't irritate, despite the movie's run time
which is 2 hours and 55 minutes. KS Ravikumar as a director
could've paid extra attention to logical loopholes the movie
carries which would've drawn appreciation from critics as well.
Dialogues are good and are delivered powerfully by
VFX and graphic team has failed to impress, especially in the
climax portion, but one shouldn't forget that the movie was
completed in just six months.
Watch Lingaa for its sheer entertainment value and KS
Ravikumar's intriguing narration. If you are a Rajinikanth's fan
and do not mind Thalaivar disrespecting the power of gravity then
watch it again solitarily for the Indian Film Personality of the