After a long wait, Sivakarthikeyan's Rajini Murugan has finally hit the big screen. So what does this film, fabricated by the Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam team, has to offer movie buffs this festive season?
Sivakarthikeyan is at his usual best and a treat to watch. Keerthy Suresh, playing a Madurai girl, comes up with a believable performance (kudos to the dubbing artiste). Comedy tracks involving Soori has worked out well. While songs are already popular among fans, background score by Imman is apt for the movie.
Overall View: Barring a few logical errors, Rajini Murugan is an entertaining watch and a treat to family audiences.
Rajini Murugan reinforces what we had learned from Varuthapadatha Vaalibar Sangam — director Ponram has a flair for entertaining us even with a story that sounds dated and cliched.
The film actually feels like more of what we had seen in the earlier one , but posses a sense of joie de vivre that lifts it up and keeps us amused.
The film is overlong with innumerable songs and comic scenes that could have been left at the editing table. It is also utterly unambitious, content with clearing its low bar, but this unpretentiousness is also what makes it work to an extent.
Cashing in on the Rajinikanth sentiment to the T, Sivakarthikeyan, a real life Rajinikanth fanboy, saves a very ordinary and regressive film from turning into a boring and unbearable experience.
Replete with cliches and almost everything that you may have already seen in Sivakarthikeyan’s films – unemployed wastrels, stalking, punchlines that are delivered with great timing and the village milieu – his latest offering “Rajini Murugan” works solely because of the actor’s presence.
A predominant part of the first half of the film moves with the hero's attempts to woo his girl. Sivakarthikeyan's combo with Soori as his man Friday works out well as usual in these sequences.
The film does not disappoint in comedy department, thanks to the proven chemistry of Sivakarthikeyan and Soori. They ensure that the film does not have a dull moment anywhere with constantly one-liners and counters that make us laugh.
Verdict: An entertainer that can be watched mainly for Sivakarthikeyan and Soori.
A couple of friends try to make something of their lives in Madurai
Only actors of the mould of Sivakarthikeyan, who enjoy tremendous fan-following in interior Tamil Nadu, could make these films work. Ponram is well-aware of this, and smartly allocates quite a bit of time to romanticising Madurai’s culture.
Tamil cinema has, forever, been obsessed about unearthing the next Rajinikanth.
Rajini Murugan carries a fragile storyline, but that is understandable as films like these are made for the sole purpose of entertaining the crowd. However the team could have worked a little more on tightening the screenplay.
There are a few laughs here and there and you also find some intense scenes now and then, but one feels the whole product could have been laced a little more rigid.
Sivakarthikeyan is someone who clearly knows where his strengths lie and what people expect out of him.