‘Sivaji is a film the whole family will want to see at least once’
Cast: Rajnikanth, Shreya, Suman
Producer: M. Saravanan, M.S. Guhan
The wait is finally over. The Indian and overseas market is crackling with excitement and for the next few weeks there will be serpentine queues for the tickets not just because of the hype but the good word that has spread some hours before the show began all over the globe.
Director Shankar has concentrated too heavily in making Rajni and also each frame look beautiful. The film is a notch above the ordinary as far as the technique is concerned, but, perhaps, he isn’t too well aware that what the viewer hopes to watch are not gadgets and gizmos, laptops or mean machines, but a well structured story. Yes, there’s some goofiness in this movie. It comes with the territory. You might go a little wacky too if you had to keep an order amidst the chaos of Rajni’s mannerisms. Even that can be overlooked.
Rajni plays a software engineer Sivaji (the tagline of Sivaji is ‘The Boss’ which stands for ‘Bachelor of social service’) who comes back to India with Rs. 250 crore in his account and wants to do charity.
How his rival Suman thwarts his samaritan effort and how he performs the heist and robs the black money (looks like one cake walk) forms the crux of the story. Shreya looks like a million bucks, Suman’s work is refreshing - sometimes it helps not to be God. Rajnikanth fans will be mesmerised by some of his numbers and ‘cool’ dude attitude and others probably appreciate the humour and banter more. It is unadulterated genre fun, but might have benefited from a number of judicious cuts and the annoying denouement. Either way you slice it, Sivaji is a film the whole family will want to see at least once, high expectations aren’t a problem. This movie will meet all of them, and leave you smiling to boot. What more could you want?
Y. Sunita Chowdhary