Monday, June 18, 2007

Sivaji - Full Review


Sivaji delivers exactly what one expects from a combination of Rajnikanth and Shankar - a larger-than-life Rajnikanth improving society in a simplistic but dramatic manner while romancing Shreya, goofing around with Vivek and participating in rich, elaborate song sequences and graphics-filled fights. It is weak on logic but Rajnikanth's style, charisma and screen presence have been exploited to the fullest extent to make that easier to overlook.

Shankar's record at the box-office proves that he knows the pulse of the viewer well. Sivaji seems designed to prove that he knows the pulse of the Rajni fan just as well. An all-out, unapologetic tribute to Rajni's star power and solely intended to showcase his ability to carry a movie single-handedly, the film is the work of a director who fully understood Rajni's image and set out to depict it in the grandest way possible. In that, he has succeeded. For Rajni(and Rajni fans!), Sivaji is gonna be a tough act to follow.

Sivaji(Rajnikanth), a sofware engineer in the US, has returned home for good and is determined to do good for the people. He decides to open universities to provide free education and hospitals to provide free medical services but finds the process rooted in corruption every step of the way. Setting aside his own misgivings, he bribes the concerned people and finally gets the permission to set up his foundation. But problems arise in the form of Adiseshan(Suman), a powerful businessman who sees the foundation as competition to his own empire. Meanwhile, Sivaji falls for Tamilselvi(Shriya), a pious, timid girl but she and her family don't warm up to Sivaji and his family so easily.

The film is unabashedly aimed at Rajni fans. The one liners, the slo-mo shots, the multiple hair styles, costumes and get-ups(including dressing up like MGR, Sivaji and Kamalhassan) and the references to past movies(note the professions Suman asks Rajni to consider when he is down on his luck) are all designed to elicit cheers and whistles from the actor's huge fan base. And Rajni rises to the occasion, carrying it all off with elan. Looking young and dashing in some fantastic costumes, he plays to the gallery as only he can. The actor and comedian in him peeks out in the first half (he has some funny lines and he is very convincing when he is frustrated about the roadblocks to his plans) but it is all style in the second half. Starting off with the fantastic teakadai confrontation with Suman, it is a one-man show all the way. Armed with new gimmicks like the coin toss and the bubble-gum pop, he reminds us once again why is the real original as he takes on Suman and his cohorts.

For his part, Shankar picks his favorite 'social vigilante' theme but the whole thing seems very watered down here. The first half describes the problem(corruption) while the second half suggests a way out of it(use the black money hoarded by the rich to fight it). It is a topical issue sure but is handled in a superficial way that prevents it from making an impact. Sujatha helps lay out the issue in a short and crisp manner but the sequences where the plan is put into action are mostly outlandish. Creating sequences allowing Rajni to be bombastic and larger-than-life has obviously been Shankar's only consideration and so logic and realism take a big hit.

The movie doesn't start off strong. Rajni's introduction scene is pretty weak(inspite of a strong build-up). Ballekakka... kicks off rather abruptly and the song sequence itself, inspite of the grandeur and a slim and great-looking Nayantara, is disappointing (btw, was that Shankar talking on the cellphone during the koovum cellphonin... line?). The technique of painted surroundings is a Shankar trademark by now and so fails to wow us and the fast steps for the song are a bit too much for Rajni to handle.

Inspite of the fabulous make-up that makes Rajni look almost half his age most of the time, we know that Shreya is way younger than him and any lovey-dovey sequences between them would have been quite uncomfortable. But Shankar cleverly sidesteps this by making the entire romance a comedy and that makes it easier to accept. Rajni's family wooing her family is different from the usual boy-girl routine and the entire sequence where they visit Shriya's house is hilarious. The comedy is definitely loud, juvenile and slapstick but it works. Vivek has some fantastic lines and Pattimanram Raja is an inspired pick for the role of the harassed, exasperated father. The segment where Rajni turns fair is also very funny(and clever since Shankar brings it in without making Shriya seem superficial) and the comic undertone makes the Style... song sequence work a lot better than the photos suggested. The location is great and Rajni has some great steps and moves(who else can make a simple move like taking off coolers to reveal plain glasses underneath, so stylish?!).

One of the big reasons for Chandramukhi's success was the flashback sequence that allowed Rajni to appear in a different get-up as Vettaiyan Raja. Shankar has learned well from that and tweaks the screenplay to allow the same kind of surprise here too. Rajni's look in the last segment is exhilarating and a good surprise (Oh, how I wish those pictures hadn't been leaked!). He gets to introduce a new style, utter some crowd-pleasing punchlines and participate in a stylish, good-looking fight sequence.

Shriya looks suitably mellow as Rajni's love interest. She looks gorgeous in the song sequences and is probably the only Tamil heroine among the current crop who deserves the description 'hot'! Considering the clean nature of the rest of the film, she could have been clothed a little more in the songs though. Suman plays a suave, sheep-in-wolf's-clothing kind of villain. He does a good job but his character is obviously very ineffectual and that affects our impression of him. Vivek has almost as much screen time as Rajni if you disregard the song sequences and has some hilarious lines.

Athiradee... should count as one of the best Rajni song sequences of all time. Lavishly mounted in a great setting with great ideas, bright costumes, superb choreography, it is one of the high points of the movie. Vaaji Vaaji... and Sahana... are more noticeable for their grand sets. As far as fight sequences go, Shankar spoils them by being too ambitious. The music store fight is nicely done but the comedy hurts its effectiveness. The car chase at the drive-in is plain ridiculous with SUVs flying off in all directions as they are swatted by Rajni's vehicle. But it does end on a nice note though. The climactic fight is saved by style with the billowing coat on Rajni adding to the atmosphere. The small fight at Suman's godown and the fight inside the rundown building end up being the best of the lost since they are more realistic and down-to-earth.

52 Comments:

At 12:18 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

BB,

Good review (even if you are Superstar fan)

3 stars? :) (assuming that Baba got 2.5)

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger KayKay said...

To me the first part was excruciating to sit through. The movie only kicked into gear in the second half and began showing signs of being a Rajini flick. As entertaining as it is, Shivaji clearly shows Rajini's incompatibility with A-List directors having their own film-making style. Shankar's patented Everyman Hero warring against a corrupt establishment doesn't sit well with the Super Star's larger than life image. Can these 2 go their separate ways and do what they do best? I'd rather have another Anniyan or Padayappa then have to endure an uneasy hybrid of the 2!

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sivaji just sucks!!

 
At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Its Shankar with KV Anand and Thotta Tharani in the song. Also one more aspect, Rajini mouths loads of dialogues from recent movies, 'enna vechu comedy kimidi' 'Panni ka thaan kuttama' and a couple of more which I forgot.

-KP

 
At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you the review BB. Oru chinna request. neenga ezhuthura review la, ungaloda star rating add paneenga nanna irukum.

Sivaji ku evalo rating? 3 out of 4

RS

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

Very good review, Balaji. I assume it will be a 2.5 stars or maybe a 3. As I said in the previous post, I did not like the songs when I first heard them but when combined with those sets they were great.

The Oru Koodai Sunlight and Athiradee songs are getting the biggest cheers and whistles here because that is where Thalaivar does most of his style.

And I found that all the action sequences should have been trimmed a lot. All of them were too long IMO and it would also have greatly helped in reducing runtime.

 
At 4:03 AM, Anonymous vatsan said...

rajini style? appadina? sivaji highlights the demise of rajini as we knew him. HIs style is gone, his voice isnt as good as it was, his face is now expressionless.

it was painful watching sivaji, rajini is now a pale shadow of his former self.

saving grace, anyone who wants to watch rajini on screen will like the movie. thts bout all thts good. But somehow rajini does not seem like rajini

PS: for further proof watch style in padayappa and sivaji.

 
At 4:07 AM, Anonymous vatsan said...

I wonder wat SP Muthuraman was doing as the Executive producer, he shud have cleaned up the script.

Muthuraman gave us memorable rajini movies like netrikan and Murutu Kalai (Which i believe lead the way for the current rajini image, before this rajini WAS acting like kamal is doing today)

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

Balaji,

You and the legion of Rajni fans might be interested in this article in Indiafm.com.

http://www.indiafm.com/features/2007/06/19/2776/index.html

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

http://ia.rediff.com/movies/2007/jun/19rajni.htm - one more

 
At 6:32 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

Seems like Shankar's intention was to make a grand film which hits the viewer through its sheer gradeur of visuals but devoid of any logic. He has definitely succeeded in that endeavor. Shankar has probably lived through his dream and ensured the movie looks spectacular. He has also, it seems tried to follow the Hollywood style of money making where typically movies make potloads of money in their initial 4-5 weeks and then taper down slowly. Sivaji apparently is headed in that direction if I am not mistaken.

To me it is time for Rajnikanth to hang up his boots now that he has probably convinced himself of the power he has which he might have doubted after the hit BABA took and made him feel a little shaken.

I feel if at all he acts again in a movie, the movie should have a decent story and something new to offer rather than pure visual treat and special effects loaded techologically superior piece of film. He does not have anything to prove to anyone.

I think now is the time for him if he still wants to continue acting to try out small budget interesting pieces similar to what he did before he became the superstar larger-than-life hero.

I long to see the actor who portrayed the roles in Avargal, Apoorva Ragangal, Mullum Malarum, 6 rilirundu 60 vari, Johny, Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri and whole lot of others.

May be it will not happen and a lot of you may not agree with me. But like someone pointed out in an earlier posting where they said Kamalhassan doing kind of roles that Rajnikanth used to do before he became a superstar, I would like to see Rajnikanth atleast once in a strong performance oriented author backed role that will tap into his ability and make him perform within himself.

Shivaji Rao Gaekwad has done it before I don't see why he cannot do it again.

Please tell me if I am just dreaming...

Cheers
Venkat

 
At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with VThinkTank. But Rajni is even bigger than an Amithab. So he might just surprise us with another grand entry. Personally I want him to slip into more intelligent roles and see if he can deliver the same impact as he did with his movies like "6il irunthu...". I mean he has the capability to send a powerful message if he were to, for example, romance a widow or divorcee who is the mother of a child (like Kamal did in Mumbai Express).

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice review. Yes, I found Rajni's intro scene very disappointing. Shankar could have done better considering that even movies like Sivakasi and Thotti Jaya had good intro scenes for its heroes.

The first half dragged on a bit and I remember thinking that this might turn out to be a damp squib and then with the "Vallakai Bajji" scene the movie heats up. The second half was brilliant and I was reminded why Rajni is called THE SUPERSTAR. He carries the movie in the way only he can. It was full "Paisa Vasool" for me.

BTW, Yes it is Shankar with the cellphone in the Ballelakka song.

Anand

 
At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Ram said...

bb, "A bit too one-sided to seem completely honest, it is still a solid" review...;-)

but was fun to see a review that you were absolutely delighted to write...and were dying to write!

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger KayKay said...

And Balaji, my own 2 cents worth can be read here:
http://tomesflicks.blogspot.com/2007/06/shivaji-boss.html
I see where you're coming from, being a die hard Rajini fan and all, so I guess I should thank you for still injecting some constructive criticism into your review.

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At number 9 in the UK box office:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/movies/

Damn!

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

I keep reading conflicting reviews regarding the first half. Some reviewers have panned the first half as boring and have said that some of the scenes(like eating the red chillies and all that) were ridiculous for someone like Rajni. Is Vivek's contribution better here than it was in Anniyan?

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji,on the dot with your review, no wonder you took a little longer to post this review,I felt the movie was a complete entertainment package but something's missing, just that I was a sucker for Baasha and sort of missed a similar buildup and delivery, that was all power, you could feel it in every dialogue and actions of co-stars and events in the movie. Shankar's framework is so predictable now, thats the issue, all of Thalaivar's earlier movies there was some novelty in his story themes but for Shankar it is always vigilante themes and I loved it till pre-Anniyan. I feel Shankar survived here in Sivaji because it was Rajini in his pet vigilante theme, but I'm not queuing up for his next movie if I hear the word vigilante again, he has squeezed that theme bone dry, Anniyan bored me, he better reinvent himself, but then again ... masses rule! Also,
would you rate it better than Annamalai or Baasha or Moondru Mugam on Thalaivar's list of movies? It did not make an impression on me as much as these movies did though I admit the climax mottai boss shot was special.
Arun

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://movies.nytimes.com/indexes/2007/06/18/movies/boxoffice/weekend_uk/index.html


is this u call SIVAJI FEVER.
hindi movie amitabh doing only cameo role no 3 n sivaji no 9.

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Good review, Balaji. Agree with almost everything you have said in the review. Thalaivar has never looked so dashing since Thalapathi happened. To me, Sivaji is all about Thalaivar proving the Hype Kills theory wrong :) So, what is your Sivaji count?

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon

Did you see no of theaters ???


JBJ - 47

Sivaji - 12

Don't mess with thalaivar

- Sivaji

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

Sivaji vandalay theatre ellam adirudungo............


Coool..... Coool....

Shankar ipdi kavuthuputiye kanna, Edo Naan irundadala Nee Thappicha Illena Ennoda Katradigal Unna Sulukku Eduthurupanga...

next time edavadu interestinga pannu.... andha interesting novel part unnoda small budget 'S' Pictures padangalukku mattum vechukadey puriyarda....

uh Hahahahahhah....

Coool....

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

srivatsan, thanx! yes this is a 3 * film. 'baba' got 2 * btw :)

kaykay, i didn't find the 1st half to be that bad. as much as style, punchlines, etc., comedy too is an integral part of rajni's movies. and i thot shankar did a good job keeping that in mind though - using ur terminology - the 'compartmentalization' was awkward :)

awesome review on ur site btw. very well written.

anon, to each his own :)

KP, thanx for the confirmation. i thot i recognized shankar but not the other 2 :)

RS, star rating kodutha focus is on it rather than the review itself. adhaan avoid panren. but yes, 3 * for 'sivaji' :)

balaji, thanx! i liked the songs even b4 and so they were fantastic to see on screen :)

vatsan, i honestly don't think so. ur description fits what i felt about rajni in many scenes in 'baba'. but not here :)

venkat, i don't think it was shankar's INTENTION to make a movie devoid of logic. he probably had to decide between rajni's image and full logic and opted for the former.

as for wanting to see the actor in rajni again... we have a lot of good actors like kamal, vikram, surya, etc. but we have only 1 superstar. so i don't miss the actor all that much :)

anon, i'm curious too to see what he does after this. he has to do something special to beat the way he has portrayed in 'sivaji' :)

Anand, thanx! whatever my feelings on the rest of 'sivakasi', i feel vijay's intro scene was one of the best in recent times. rajni's intro will be way down on my list of favorite rajni intros :)

ram, lol. good one :)

anon, thanx! iwas looking for a similar list in US. found a list with the top 50 or so movies but 'sivaji' wasn't in there. it definitely made more money that most movies on there. so i think they just didn't consider it. me thinks itll figure between 10 and 15 in the US list :)

vijay, as i said it was definitely slapstick. almost targeted at kid i'd say... but i found it funny. if the heroine goes after rajni, they call him chauvinistic and if he does silly stuff they say it doesn't suit his image. he can't get a break :)

not sure if itd rate higher than 'anniyan'. but he has some great lines and is there for most of the movie :)

Arun, thanx! yes its definitely a rajni movie rather than a shankar film. definitely not in the same league as 'baasha' or 'annamalai' for me. but i liked it better than most of thalaivar's recent flicks.

anon, the rank alone doesnt tell the whole story. as the other anon pointed out, JBJ ran in almost 3 times the # of theaters. and had a much wider target audience since it was in hindi :)

filbert, read both ur reviews as always. was amazed at how similar our thots were esp. in the 2nd review.

count is just 1 so far :( will be lucky to make it even 2!

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Apala said...

Hi Balaji!
Here's NA BO chart. I would say they missed out Sivaji (might be around 20-25! Jhoom B Jhoom has 83 prints and Sivaji does not have that many!)
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Anyway, good review. But I think it's far one-sided! I think Baradwajrangan's was more unbiased and TRUE!

I enjoyed "Mottai" Rajini! It was a revelation but for that (just like CM) you had to wait almost 2:45 minutes!) Athiradee & Style were great to watch but others fall in the regular "shankar ishytle"!!

Well, It's DEFINITELY NO BABA! But It's not Rajini's best also! (I think "Baasha"(though did not have "grandeur" in the making, had/has me glued to the seat everytime I watch!)

That's my 2 cents!

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

raju's review was better I think.
Balaji this time is biased..

This movie just passes bad rajini movies since 90..

bottom list..

sivaji/arunachalam
ejaman
ulaipali/paandiyan
adhisayapiravi/baba

this is a perarasu movie with more money and AR's assistant.

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous vidhya said...

$ 32 on tickets...$ 20 on sweeets to distribute among our friends... Drive all the way from sunnyvale to fremont on a friday afternoon with heavy traffic...Forgetting to wear that special earring... Skipping lunch.. All worth when i saw soundarya rajinikanth name on screen for SULTAN. Watching Sivaji was extra paisa vasool. :)

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enna kodumai vidhya..

is sondarya r. your relative or friend?

onnum puriyala

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

apala/anon, yes i agree that the review is biased. but if u think about it, every review of mine is biased. whether its the story, the concept or actor/actress, if i like it i'm going to rate the movie higher even if the movie lacks a few other things. here i like rajni and so the review is biased.

by the same token every single review is biased since the likes/dislikes of the reviewer are reflected in the review. thats what makes them unique. so when u say baradwaj's review or raju's review is unbiased, all u're saying is that their review reflected ur opinion of the movie i.e. you agreed with their reviews more than u agreed with mine. theirs is not really unbiased either. Another Rajni fan might look at their reviews and say that they were biased against rajni since they nitpicked about logic in what was obviously a movie intended to showcase rajni. its just perspective :)

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger tt_giant said...

i enjoyed the coolers removal scene a lot!

Mottai boss scenes kaagavey paakalam..

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Nice review from a Die-Hard Rajini fan.

I'll wait until the price goes down to 10$, if not, I'll wait for the DVD.

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Narayanan.. I am in your katchi as well. Now for more bad news, the film will run coming weekend also at $16 (General Admission)($11 for kids) at the same locations as opening weekend.

Our wait continues! :-) ;-)

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Sandya
Heard rumours that the distributors got it for 85K and that they have made 65K already. Let's see what happens.

I am confident it will happen soon.

 
At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Narayanan, My guess is last week of June for the price to change to $10. We'll see, but you never know. I'm not holding my breath on this! :-)

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see "conflict of interest" in your review which obviously shows in the bias. But passionately written though and very thorough.

Next to your 3* you should have another (*) that says "written by a die-hard Rajni fan".

I guess 2* for Baba was very liberal then! Any way, it is your prerogative, you can give it a four too - make merry!

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger Nithya said...

nice review BB... 3 stars thaana? Thalaivar for that adhiradi song alone deserves 4.5 stars, a very conservative estimate..:D

thalaivaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

 
At 3:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey anon !
Balaji will give 3*, 4* and don't be surprised if he gives 5*

His reviews on masala movies are the funniest I have ever read.

Be it reviewing a Perarasu film or our MEGA-PERARASU Shankar's film
Balaji is liberal
and this is his star film
so, don't be surprised if he rates this masala crap with 2* or 3* along the lines of mozhi, PV, chennai-28 etc :)

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Balaji, was expecting to see ur review over the weekend, since u said u would put it up Sat or Sun.. When I didnt find it after many refreshes, I was wondering what was happening.. A thot also was if someone in ur home was sick; glad to know that you were just polishing it - after all, it was 'THE' movie..

If you read my review and my subsequent post, you would realize that I haven't criticized Rajni at all.. In fact, I think he was the one who saved the movie. My criticism was on Shankar.. U know, though obviously a Kamal fan, I was also expecting this movie for a long time.. Otherwise, why would I spend thrice the usual ticket money to watch it first day, that too on a working day? What I couldn't digest was, with little more effort, it could have been better..

From the reviews and comments of many Rajni fans, I realize that for you guys, watching Rajni young, differently stylish, in unique get-ups, etc. is quite enough, or even more than enough.. I have never had it that way, even for a Kamal movie, so I was disappointed.
Even for Dasavatharam, I am keeping my fingers crossed that he has a strong script to support the different avatars.. As someone commented in my blog, it would be terrible to see 9 weird characters in the movie without any story..

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

The Real Global Tamil Superstar - http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=14475956

 
At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Apala said...

Hi Balaji:

I agree that each sees their own rainbow! I like Rajini and Kamal both (of the rest of the lot I like Surya, Madhavan and Vikram), so I was not lookinf for you to pick on Rajini! I like Shankar, Mani, Bala, Ameer, Cheran, Kamal, Balu M, Mahendran ...... all the directors! So I was not looking for you to pick on Shankar either. I am a BIG fan of Sujatha from my school days. So I was not looking for you to pick on him! I was just saying that there are "big" issues as the movie did not work as a whole! Indivdual scenes stand out but then there is lack of cohesiveness. That's what even Baradwaj Rangan (who, BTW, is a Rajini fan too!) pointed out. Take, eg., BABA, when Rajini was introduced they said he is a BIG DADA and does not fear anybody/anything. So he is getting those "wishes" from the Baba - it did not really matter because he was already too powerful! I was like, what is that Rajini can't do himself already and now he is gonna do with these wishes?!! Same here. That's the problem with the story! (I am not sure any Tamil movie ever had too much of "LOGIC". So I was not looking for one in a Rajini movie!). The movie failed to connect and so everything was so much on the surface level, as soon as the "awe" factor is gone, the movie almost fell flat - except for the "Mottai" BOSS! That's all!

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

superb movie enjoyed every bit of it....

pk

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

I agree with most of the review except:
1. How could you enjoy the humor in Rajni and folks visiting Shriya's family. That was crass Vadivelu kinda slapstick and did not bring in much laughter even at the theatre while watching :(
2. The whole fair and lovely sequence wasnt enjoyable at all and seemed very forced
3. The music store fight was ok dokey for me, but that might be because I watched Anakonda Oka Rozu recommended by you that had an out-of-the world fight-comedy scene in a music store.
Rest of the review..I totally agree with you. Good write up as is usual!

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is defintely SIVAJI FEVER..the movie mades its debut on the uk box office at number 9 on total revenue made....although it is below that hindi movie and other english movies....it is dut to the sole favt that sivaji is only running on 12 screens in the uk.....wth that being said...sivaji has the highest avg earning per screeen of any movie in the uk right now....if it was runnin on 50+ screens like the hindi movie...it is probable that sivaji would be within the top 5 of the uk boxoffice....i saw the movie in west hills on sat after my finals...i did like the comedy, i did like the actions scenes, the story was so-so..but this was an all-out rajini movies and i liked it for that...i never was a rel big rajini fan until i found out how important he is to tamil cinema....i still dontlike movies like arunachalam and padayappa....but sivaji is not one of his worst movies...shankar directed this movie in a way that satisfied all the rajini fans across the world...and he did a good job of that...good review balaji...
Bharath

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

I sure no other Rajnikanth however big it was when the film released must have been analyzed like Sivaji. Goes to show the command this one man has, in this case him joining with the likes of Shankar and AVM along with A R Rahman undoubtedly created the heads to turn and take look so that people could make an observation.

I have not seen the movie yet, but from what I have noticed or observed so far from each one of the postings is that the movie stands out for its grandeur and Rajnikanth, but completely lacks that bit of a COHESIVE script which would have made it into a kind of classic movie.

That said Shankar it seems has created a perfect plate of Rajnikanth meals for the people with nice garnishings to whip up a feel of wholesome entertainment of 3 hours (seems like one of the longest Rajni movie).

I still don't understand this logic of our directors always wanting to create a long movie rather than a crispier one. I guess it is the creative personality inside the director not letting him to cut off certain scenes.


OK ALL OF YOU WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD DIRECT THE NEXT RAJNIKANTH MOVIE SHOULD THERE BE ONE.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK WOULD BE A NICE ROLE TO SEE RAJNIKANTH ON THE SCREEN?

Awaiting your all answers

Venkat

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous kumari said...

Good review Balaji.
I decided not to analyse the movie too much(Shankar adikkalanu thaan thonuthu) but just enjoy Rajni's presence. The movie is still fun to watch inspite of the minuses :)

 
At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Ram said...

OK ALL OF YOU WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD DIRECT THE NEXT RAJNIKANTH MOVIE SHOULD THERE BE ONE.

--> whoever directs the story, I think Panchu Arunachalam (the screenplay-dialogue writer who made stars out of Rajni and Kamal [Sakalakala Vallavan]) should be involved. his style might be dated but he knows the dos and donts of superstar's movies as well as anyone. he beautifully analyzed the failures of baba and alavandhan in an interview awhile ago.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK WOULD BE A NICE ROLE TO SEE RAJNIKANTH ON THE SCREEN?

--> POLICEMAN. age might have dimmed his reflexes and speed but if he can look young in flashy costumes as he did in Sivaji, then he can look equally dashing (he's so fit anyway) in a police uniform.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

raju/apala, don't disagree with ur points. as u guys said, for many fans, rajni is enuf to cover many of the flaws and i guess thats how it was for me in 'sivaji'. just wanted to point out that no reviewer can be unbiased. the biases is what makes the reviews unique :)

shwetha, can't really say why i liked the comedy scenes. they worked for me. i thot raja's exasperation and vivek's lines were hilarious(like the way he asks "lungi enge"? raja asks "edhuku"?, he says "chumma freeya pazhagalamnu-dhaan" - one of the exchanges i LOL). same with the fair & lovely segment. the 'style' song alone made it worth it for me :)

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

I never feel BB reviews are one-sided of course superstar gets 1/2 star more than others(thats because he likes superstar). If you see number of 3 star movies abd above it is highest for Kamal and not Superstar which draws logical conclusions :), recently except 1-2 movies I concur with most of his reviews.

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

That is true, the lungi comment was pretty funny and I did laugh. I think I should watch the movie one more time because I remember not liking Padaiyappa while watching in the theatre but it quickly became one of my favorites after a few times on dvd! Some of Vivek's lines on Simbhu and the Koduma Saravanan were really funny. Yes, the boss surely deserves another chance! Was good seeing you the other day at the Sivaji fest! Sorry, couldnt talk more for the fear of losing my seat or being pushed to the end aisle seats. The aarthi, agarbathy and poster guys are my friends (and the poster actually is framed and hangs in their living room!), unfortunately I missed that part of the festivities that day as I got stuck in traffic.

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi all
its seems to be soundarya is going to marry arun rumours are going on ..well let us see what is going to happen

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger Blogeswari said...

anon : whoeees arun?
btw bb.. mail you review to editor@the-week.com , your review is good

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger anantha said...

Niceeee :D

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good review (even if you are Superstar fan)

3 stars? :) (assuming that Baba got 2.5)

I agree with the above comment.Mozhi had a three star rating & Sivaji gets the same ? what a load of **** this film was !!!!!!!!!

 

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