The day Rajinikanth's millions of fans have been waiting for is finally here. The Tamil superstar's mega-budget movie Kochadaiiyaan (also spelled as Kochadaiyaan) has arrived near your theatres in multiple languages. This time, Rajini will be seen in never-before avatars as the film is a historical fiction directed by his daughter Soundarya Ashwin.
Kochadaiiyaan has Bollywood's big names like Deepika Padukone and Jackie Shroff in the cast with Oscar Award winner AR Rahman and some of the world-class technicains working behind the screens. These names alone add huge value to the project. Soundarya Ashwin's debut film is made on motion capture technology, which was earlier used in Hollywood films like Tin Tin and Avatar. But only a part of the budget has been spent on this Tamil flick.
The story of the film is about a son (Rana)'s fight to regain the lost glory of his father (Kochadaiiyaan) both played by the superstar, who will also be seen as Sena (Third role). AR Rahman's voice tells us about the battle of two kingdoms Kalingpuram and Kottaipattanam. The film begins with a kid running away from his sibling. Why he escapes? We'll come to know it later.
In the next phase, we meet valiant warrior Rana impressing the king of Kalingpuram. He becomes a trusted aide of the ruler and on his advise, the king declares a war against Kottaipattanam. But the king is in shock in the battlefield as he sees Rajinikanth supporting his opposition.
Kalingpuram king is hurt by Rana's betrayal and now he seeks revenge against him. On the the side, Kottaipattanam prince Sarath Kumar is moved by Rana's work in the battlefield and appoints him as the Commander In Chief but the king played by Nassar is not happy. Why? there is a flashback to it. Situations change soon with Sarath marrying Rajini's sister and the price that he pays for it is to leave the kingdom. What happens next should be seen on-screen. Continue reading the Kochadaiiyaan review on the slideshow...
The makers of the film have put their best efforts on Kochadaiiyaan and have almost made it a fine product. In the beginning, there is a small documentary on motion-capture technology. Frankly speaking, the standards used in the Tamil flick may not be upto the mark but considering that it is a fresh attempt not in only Kollywood but in India, we have to encourage the Soundarya Ashwin's team.
Thumbs Up For The Story
The first credit for the success will go to KS Ravikumar for coming out with a remarkable story. Though, it is predictable at parts, the tale manages to surprise you at regular intervals. It is simple, yet entertaining.
Rajinikanth Continues To Steal Show
No matter what Rajinikanth does, he continues to steal the show. His expressions are good to watch. But Deepika Padukone's character disappoints you big time. Jackie Shroff, Sarathkumar, Nassar, Shobana and others have done justice to their roles. Full marks for yesteryear actor Nagesh's character.
AR Rahman has not disappointed again for Rajinikanth. The Oscar Award winner has come up with a couple of good songs in Kochadaiiyaan. Audience have given thumbs up for 'Engae pogudho', 'Medhuvaagathaan', 'Maattram Ondrudhaan', 'Manappenin sathiyam', 'Idhayam' and 'Karma veeran' songs. His background score is nothing short of extraordinary. Other technical departments like cinematography and editing are good.
Verdict: Ignore the technical flaws, watch it for the brave attempt made by Soundarya and her team. Mind you, Kochadaiiyaan is a worth-watching film.