Let alone the fact that it has not been a great decade so far for the Superstar of Indian cinema, Rajinikanth. In the last decade too it was not an ideal beginning for Rajinikanth. His film Baba, which was released in 2002 bombed at the box office sending warning signals to the Superstar's camp. But the boss of box office came back with quite a big bang as his next two films Chandramukhi and Sivaji, which came out in 2005 and 2007 respectively went on to set box office records.
However, the decade did not end on a good note as Kuselan(2008) failed to collect enough money to keep its producers happy. This decade too has not been productive enough, for Rajinikanth's factor too has not been able to showcase its usual magic. Blame it on luck as the Sivaji star was kept silent for four years because, he was hospitalized right after his blockbuster movie Enthiran in 2010.
Though this decade began on a positive note for our Superstar, it has not been good ever since. After a gap of four years, Kochadaiiyaan, India's first motion capture movie flopped leaving some distributors with no choice but to ask for compensation from Rajinikanth. Lingaa, which was completed in just six months predominantly to compensate for the loss incurred from Kochaidaiiyaan too failed to keep the cash registers ringing post two weeks at the box office which once again left the distributors in a spot of bother.
Considering what's happened in the last two decades, it is very much evident that in forty years Tamil cinema is experiencing something different with Rajinikanth films. For the first time in forty years, it feels as if Rajinikanth films too are prone to fail at the box office consistently. Slowly but surely suggestions regarding what kind of roles Rajinikanth should choose are emerging within Kollywood post his Lingaa debacle.
While some experts say that a phenomenon called Rajinikanth cannot be written off this early, others say that it is time for the face of Tamil cinema to prepare itself for a make-up or should I say makeover? As of now, what we all know is that Rajinikanth's next move is as crucial as it can get.