Right from the lyrics to the foreground on Rajinikanth's 'Naa Vanthutenu Sollu' dialogue, which is conveyed with a generous dose of resentment, everything in the 'Neruppu Da' song teaser from Kabali, speaks volume about what's been happening in the superstar's career over the last few years.
Though it cannot be said with conviction that the 36 second teaser is designed to answer the questions posed by critics over Rajinikanth's ever reliable midas touch, which seemed to have lost its vigour, it cannot be unnoticed that the teaser serves as an answer to a host of questions.
'Bayama'? Asks Rajinikanth and follows it up with his trademark laughter, only this time, it is more of a roar. Can anyone intimidate this 65-year-old, who has delivered hits for a living? No sir, absolutely not.
So what if he is old? Does that mean he has to quit after going through a rough patch? Here he is, playing his age. Most importantly, even now, his charisma is totally intact. My dear critics, that's Rajinikanth for you.
The teaser has come with a message and it is loud and clear: One of the most popular actors of Asia has just begun. This might be his second innings, but it's just the beginning.
With sharp cuts, detailed constituents and astonishing make-up, the teaser is everything a Rajinikanth fan would hope for.
If this is what director Ranjith is about to put up as a whole when the movie finally releases, Kabali can surprise many with its performance at the box office. And 'surprise' here, falls on the pleasant side of things.
Rajinikanth, as he says, is back and how! Argue not, just sit back and enjoy the show this wonderful actor is about to present. And, he is well on his way to follow it up with yet another magnificent show.