174 Min | Action – Drama | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
Starring: Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha
Lingaa Review: Blessed to see our Thalaivar back in action. Story begins with a massive introduction song, with our Superstar fully loaded with style and a power packed song from SPB (with foreign dancers around, it very much missed the local flavor which could have given Lingaa a much intended take off). Following which our evergreen ‘Lingaa’ mesmerizes the plot with his usual style ‘n’ wits. Santhaanam did justice with his timing n humor. But still a senior comedian would have been a much fitting bet. As the 3rd generation Rajini is driven to his native soil, which is where he comes to know the magnanimous and godly image of his grandfather ‘Lingeshwaran’ and it is here the actual story begins. Lingeshwaran’s character is inspired from the real life story of ‘Colonel Pennycuick’. His selflessness in selling off his family property to mobilise money to fund the DAM project forms the plot. He is introduced to us through a powerful fight sequence in train which is rich in Technique.
In Lingaa, throughout the pre-Independence shots, director has ensured perfection with the Picture Color, dress fashioning, amazing locales, Vehicles used, furniture etc. and have given us a good look back of the era. Rajini’s Charisma and dialogue delivery is made to suite the role of a King (This would have disappointed the many who die for his punch lines). And as usual he lived the role to perfection. Anushka paired against Lingaa was a treat to watch and Sonakshi paired with Lingeshwaran is beautiful and she has pulled over the role with ease (including her lip movement for Tamil). AR Rahman has been below average with his BGM and songs. At many occasions it was the BGM that failed to create the magic.
As usual we had the SPB opening song, the Snake comedy (in a different style), Rudhraaksha, Radha Ravi, Nizhalgal Ravi, Vijayakumar etc. KSR have done a commendable job except for the climax fight. Wrapping up a Rajini movie in 4 months is no lesser than wrapping an Avatar in less than a year. Strong script but a little lengthy in delivery. And above all it is a Rajni movie, who is worried about the rest. Thanks Thalaiva for treating us with Lingaa on your birthday. ‘A King Is Always A King’. When he set his return on Dec 12, the rest paved way for the Kings arrival. The undisputed superstar of world cinema.