Lingaa Movie Review
Release Date: 12th December 2014
Planet Movies Rating – * * * * / 5
“I haven’t failed, I have just postponed my success,” says Rajini which is one of the punch dialogues in Lingaa !
Lingaa, directed by K.S. Ravikumar, who also scripted the film in collaboration with the film’s dialogue writer, Pon Kumaran. The film stars Rajinikanth playing dual role, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. Music was composed by A. R. Rahman while cinematography was headed by R. Rathnavelu.
Truly so, Rajini is back with Lingaa, a full-on, true to Rajini style film is surely a treat to his ardent fans after an average grosser in his previous outing Kochadaiyaan. Its much better to watch the real Rajini in real blood & flesh than watching him as a cartoon animated character as it was shown in Kochadaiyaan.
The films shows several histrionics of Rajinikanth. Rajni dances, fights, chews up a spy cam, romances 2 heroines in two different roles, does bungee jumping, saves a million people, donates all his property & leads a layman’s life, does wheeling on a bike, steals gold chains & necklaces.. You name it & Rajini has done it all in Lingaa.
Its so heart-warming to watch Rajini who enthralls the audiences even at the age of 64. His acting prowess & screen presence is un-matchable.
The film starts off with a 1939 story backdrop showing a dam which plays a central character to the film in itself. The film is about a king/civil engineer/collector Lingeswaran who has built this dam which is a lifeline of a village singanoor. The subject deals with casteism, women & child rights, patriotism in its own small way.
Then we have the young Rajinikanth who plays Lingeswaran’s successor who is a petty thief/chain snatcher in present day. How did Lingeswaran build this dam during the British rule & what happens to his successor in the present day when he visits the same village in the present day.
Sonakshi Sinha & Anushka Shetty look pretty in their chubby forms much to the liking of the south indians. Both have done justice to their roles & have played their roles well.
The film being produced by Rockline Venkatesh from Sandawood, naturally much of the film’s shooting has happened in karnataka as expected. The real Mysore Palace, Linganamakki Dam, Shimoga, Jogfalls & Chamundi foothills have been featured in the film.
Mona – Gasolina & Indiane va are the pick of the lot from the not so special songs by A. R Rahman. The background score of the film also could have been better.
Some of the negative aspects of the film – the wooden acting of the british actor who has played the negative role. The film could have done with some tighter editing. At 175 minutes length, the film is a bit of a stretch.. Not that we are complaining as its acceptable for Rajini fans who get to watch more of him.
Rajini has delivered again & how ! K.S Ravikumar ensures that the film remains an out & out Rajini film all the way. Come on Boys… !!!
Reviewed by Madhukar KR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Statistics Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingaa
|Directed by||K.S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||Rockline Venkatesh|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Edited by||Samjith Mhd|
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Running time||178 Minutes|
|Budget||100 crore(US$16 million)|
- Rajnikanth as Raja Lingeswaran / Lingaa
- Anushka as Lakshmi
- Sonakshi Sinha as Bharathi
- Jagapati Babu as Nagabhushanam
- K. Viswanath as Lakshmi’s grandfather, the village head
- Santhanam as Lingaa’s sidekick
- Karunakaran as Lingaa’s sidekick
- Dev Gill as Freedom fighter
- Brahmanandam as Corrupt Police officer
- Radha Ravi as Bharathi’s father
- Vijayakumar as one of the Village heads
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Zamindar of adjacent area
- R. Sundarrajan
- Manobala as Train Loco pilot in 1939
- “Dhadi” Balaji
- Anu Mohan
- Prabhu (Cameo appearance)
- Falk Columbo
- Lauren J. Irwin as collector’s wife
- William Orendorff