Starring : Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Shobana, Nassar, Aadhi, Sarath Kumar, Rukmini, Jackie shroff, Nagesh
Director : Soundarya R Ashwin
Music : AR Rahman
Production : Eros International , Media One Global Entertainment
Camera : Rajiv Menon
Editing : Anthony
Narrative tales of heroic entities always grab our attention. That’s a trademark style of Indian folklores and art. Of course, the history of this land dates back to many eras. We feel delighted and emotionally connected even to the fictional tales of King and Commanders in spite of hearing it over and again. Be an adult or kid, it’s the magic created by these tales and when you’ve an additional magic of Superstar Rajnikanth, you’ve the results.
Set in backdrops of ancient era, the film gets a commercial treatment in KS Ravikumar’s panache that keeps you engaged for next couple of hours. When his brave father Kochadaiiyaan, a man of valour is put to death with false fabrications, one among his two sons Rana sets out to settle the scores.
Soundarya Ashwin can wholeheartedly thank K.S. Ravikumar. His narrative becomes an intriguing element, especially in second hour. The top-notch animation embedded with his storytelling style intensifies the emotional punch in many places. The characters of Superstar Rajnikanth have been very well sketched, especially the role of Kochadaiiyaan and Sena (the latter is a special surprise). But it’s little disappointing to see rest of the characters getting unsuitable with real life portrayal, specifically with Sarath Kumar and Rukmini. But the sketch on late actor Nagesh is worthy of appreciations. But it is Rajnikanth’s voice and the dialogues that turns on the verve of audience. Deepika Padukone goes little unnoticed. The flashback sequences in the second hour and the riveting climax are the cherry on cake. The expressions on characters’ face and body language hamper the emotional depth.
The word ‘Academy Award Winners’ gets revived yet again for AR Rahman and Resul Pookutty. Mark our words! The background score is exceptionally far beyond the paradigms of Slumdog Millionaire. The songs occupy ¼ the duration of entire film, but the musical charm of Rahman keeps the momentum going at right pace.
Kochadaiiyaan, name it and you know who the crowd puller is? Rajnikanth becomes the major factor in drawing you inside theatres. Yes, it’s a dream come true for Indian film buffs for the emergence of performance capture technology based film. Tons of extolments to Soundarya Ashwin for this towering endeavour.
Every time Tamil cinema goes on to achieve new standards, it desperately needs Rajnikanth. A supernatural thriller like Chandramukhi, a sci-fi thriller – Endhiran and in all likelihood, Kochadaiiyaan is not an exception.
What works – Narration by KS Ravikumar, Superstar Rajnikanth’s presence, Background score
What doesn’t work – The animation of many characters are mediocre, lacks depth in emotional expressions, 3-D visuals are just average.
Verdict: Rajnikanth – The gate opener of new revolution.
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