(12 Dec 2014)
Maharaja Rajinikanth as Raja Lingeswaran
Raja Lingeswaran is Raja Rajinikanth all the way. He is the personification of
all goodness. Thalaivar surprises us time and again with his magic. Energetic,
charismatic, stunning delivery and playful humour as ever. Fulfilment comes only
through service and can never be derived by merely accumulating wealth - This is
the message of the movie presented with a good storyline and perfect punch
With blaring vocal chords and ecstatic fans near the screen, only while watching
for the second time after FDFS, I realized that Sivaji-the-boss BGM is used for
Because of the KSR & SSR combo, some people go to theatres with 'Muthu' & 'Padayappa'
in mind. Fighting hardships, doing an 'athiradi' comeback with adrenaline
pumping sequences is what they anticipate throughout the movie. Though Lingaa
has few such sequences, however, it's a full-length movie about a personality of
someone like the 'Zamindar' (Old Rajinikanth) in the movie 'Muthu'. Lingaa is
about generosity, benevolence, unshakeable conviction in philanthropy and a
tranquil mind without the anxiety about materialistic world. Neatly packed with
other entertaining aspects.
I agree that one or two insignificant scenes that didn't help much to carry
forward the story could have been trimmed down. But we have to realize that a
Rajini movie is made for the masses with diversified levels of socio-economic
background and age group. Certain sects need such short intervals for relief in
coping up while watching a movie. Gripping and fast-paced screenplay which
today's teenagers expect may not suit for the diversified audience of a
Rajinikanth movie. Some critics(actually fans of other actors) were complaining
about the climax hot-air balloon stunt (which comes for just 5 mins), as if
logic-defying is new to the world of cinema. But we (Rajini fans) were actually
wondering, instead of springing from bike-to-balloon, why the director didn't
sketch a stunt sequence involving bike-to-spaceship-to-moon :-) Dude,
Rajinikanth is the force of nature. If you expect nature to be comprehensible by
human logical mind, then how are we going to realize extra-dimensional 'tesseract'
universe, wormhole, singularity, etc as shown in Interstellar? ;-)
Metaphorically, I can see some characters in the movie as real-life elements
1. 'Saami Pillai' (Ilavarasu) character depicts Rajini's real fans/well-wishers.
They just stay with him irrespective of his success, hardships & circumstances
without expecting any future favour from him. For they know the real benevolence
and goodness of Rajini, they are just happy by associating with him.
2. Santhanam and Karunakaran can be seen as Rajini's childhood friends. They saw
the entire- span of Rajini from bus-conductor to Superstar and relish their
friendship without any hiccups.
3. R.Sundarrajan character represents those media which purportedly spread
false/negative news and twists his words/actions to the general public so that
they find some temporary material gains.
4. Vijayakumar and Dev Gill are those people who are good-hearted by nature, but
react/express their hatred towards Rajinikanth, too quickly for mischievous
claims/prejudice, only later to regret their deeds and realize the real Rajini.
5. British villain represents those elements who would devise all sorts of
deceitful tricks to object/misrepresent Rajini's welfare activities in an
attempt to save their own power/ego. They either defame him or try to derive
gain out of his present/future political associations (while possibly playing
the role of a seed for such political associations).
6. Radharavi character portrays a healthy critic around Rajini. He applies his
discretion and weighs public opinions if necessary, reacts intellectually for
7. Finally, the Dam is the legacy left by Rajinikanth through his stardom,
benchmark movies, inspiring real life rags-to-riches success story, strength of
character and modesty that will be cherished by the generations to come.
Only K.S.Ravikumar (KSR) can amusingly weave Rudraksh, Snake and Temple in a
story about Lingeswaran and title it as 'Lingaa' :) Special thanks to KSR for
having a cake-cutting scene for the 'Maharaja of Anbu Samrajyam' and releasing
it on his Birthday. Long live Thalaivar.
With love, Rajni Magesh