It’s Rajini all the way

  • Mixed reviews for Rajinikanth’s film
  • Lingaa fits the formula of Rajini entertainer
  • 2 hours 55 minutes film can be a test of patience
  • Rajinikanth’s charms papers over the deficits

Chennai, December 12: Rajinikanth’s much awaited film, ‘Lingaa’ proved to be a true gift to his fans on his birthday, who rushed to the theaters to watch the film on Friday. According to media reports released in November the movie has raked in 100 crore, a good one month before the release. Eros International bought the theatrical rights of the film. They also had the rights of Rajni’s earlier film ‘Enthiran’ (Robot) that made over 200 crore making it the first Tamil film to have made that kind of profits. His last film Kochadaiyaan’s debacle at the box office did not mar ‘Lingaa’ at all and was released in over 3000 theatres across the world. Directed by KS Ravikumar, the film also has Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles, music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Rathnavelu.

In fact the first day collection of Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha starrer is expected to exceed that of ‘Enthiran’ and ‘Kaththi’ in Tamilnadu. With Rajinikanth’s strong fan base already thronging theatres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the film is expected to break records in the Telugu speaking states too.

While the reviews of been mixed, the overall mood is positive. The average reviews for the music and the length of the film – 2 hours 55 minutes were expected to be deterrents for the film, yet Rajini fans are not to be stopped. The plot moves between two time periods – The story is about Raja Lingeshwaran, a wealthy engineer (Rajinikanth) who starts to build a dam with the help of people of a village when British government refuses to help, but dies before completing it.  The scene shifts to present times when a petty thief (Rajini) finds an idol made of precious stones in the village temple and plans to steal it only to realise the problems people of the village face. Thief turns out to be the grandson of Raja Lingeshwaran. The film has all the makings of an out and out Rajini entertainer and is expected to do better during the weekend.

Reviews at a glance:

Although, Lingaa arguably is one the better films of Rajinikanth in a long time, the actor remains a slave to his trademark mannerisms – which do not allow him to sink into the character. Here he does not flick a cigarette in the air (that will be politically incorrect now, will it not be?), but twirls his hair and moustache. And there is hardly a difference between Raja Lingeswaran and Lingaa

-Hindustan Times

Lingaa is a mainstream entertainer with some substance, playing to Rajini’s strengths. Low expectations and high patience levels would enable you to enjoy Rajinikanth’s screen persona

-Behindwoods

It is basically three hours of Rajinikanth doing his thing

-Indian Express

Yeah. Sure, the film does test your patience at times, but Rajini papers over those moments with his trademark charm, witty dialogues, and not a bit of help from his gang of thieves

-Rediff

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