The 'Sivaji' Trailer
I got quite a nice surprise when I got home after the trip as a couple of comments in previous posts and an email informed me about the new Sivaji trailer. The trailer has been put together with more effort than usual Tamil film trailers. Like usual Hollywood trailers, it features good editing and attempts to string together similar scenes(like Rajni giving Shreya a rose) and to make the visuals match the song lyrics(like Rajni laughing for Gada Gada Gada Siripadhum Style...). It serves up quite a bit more than the usual pieces of song sequences and collections of scenes. There are more than a few snippets of dialogs and more importantly, enough dialogs to give us an idea about the kind of movie it is going to be. In other words, it is a fitting trailer for a mega-movie like Sivaji.
My guesses about the story based on the trailer and Shankar's history - Rajni, in the old hairstyle, plays his trademark simpleton role, joking around with Vivek, romancing Shreya and being affectionate to his mom. The romance doesn't go too well and something convinces him that he needs to do his bit for society. He changes his look(complete with new hairstyle, coolers and small goatee), becomes an insanely rich businessman and goes about transforming the village. Just have to wait to see if I came even close :-)
That said, the trailer did not completely blow me away. It had more than its share of exhilarating moments but it also had some moments that left me cold.
First among the pluses was ofcourse thalaivar himself. Even after seeing the photos, I had a few doubts about how Rajni would look on screen but they've been completely laid to rest. He looks young and dashing. The scenes where he walks in white away from the helicopter and the scenes where he says "Cool" and "Paera kettale adhirudhu illa...?" are terrific and I can already imagine myself getting goosebumps in the theater. The fight sequences look like they're gonna rock with the one in the music store having some good moves. All the background score choices are great and feel perfect for the trailer. The closing shot with the rolling gun was also nicely done.
Now for a couple of minuses. The trailer didn't make me any more enthusiastic about the Oru Koodai Sunlight... song sequence. The blonde wig suits Rajni much better than I thought it did when I saw the photos(especially when he does the Padaiyappa salute) but the few steps shown didn't look too smooth. I'm just hoping it doesn't turn out to be another Baba Kichukichu Thaa...! Wasn't too impressed with the comedy sequences either. They looked pretty juvenile in the trailer.
Overall though, its a definite thumbs up for the trailer and it will keep us satisfied until June 15.