Director: Nelson Dilipkumar
Why is Rajinikanth a Superstar? Why has he seen un alumba paatthavan ungoppan Whistle-a Kaettavan? Why does he have Kuttich chevuttha ettip paatthaa usura kodukka kodi paeru? This movie explains these lyrics and gives justice to his stardom.
A retired Jailer, Muthuvel Pandian lives his life peacefully with his son ACP Arjun (Vasanth Ravi), wife Vijaya (Ramya Krishnan) and daughter-in-law Mirnaa Menon (Shwetha) and his grandson Rithu. He lives a regular life, helps his garndson film Youtube videos, or buying vegetables for the house. His son Arjun, a strict cop goes missing while on a mission to catch a gangster ring that stealing statues from temples. When the family receives an earth shattering news, Vijaya blames Muthuvel for the incident. What happens when a father decided to take matters in his own hands and seek revenge forms the rest of the plot. And this where the OG Thalaivar magic begins on screen.
The movie has multiple whistle worthy moments and even at 72 years, Rajinikanth reigns everyone’s hearts as the superstar. But that’s all the movie has to offer. After 24 years Ramya Krishnan and Rajinikanth were paired up, which could have meant so much more had she been given a little more to do in the film than just act as the sobbing mother and wife. At least 24 years earlier in Padayappa, her character was layered and had a lost more to offer. The movie is full of cameos, Jackie Shroff, Shiv Rajkumar, Mohanlal, Sunil and Tamannaah. This seemed like an attempt to appeal to audiences from various other languages. Them being superstars in their respective industry also had their moments to establish why they are superstars.
Does this mean this is a perfect movie? This movie is far from perfect. It doesn’t have a story or concrete plot. Everything is predictable but Nelson adds his magic to it. With witty one liners and a great premise for Rajinikanth to make a comeback, the movie is quite one-dimensional in its storytelling. What really pulls the movie through is the musical score provided by Anirudh. The slow motion walk, the Hukum song and the Rajinikanth effect is quite consuming. Anirudh’s music and background score was perfectly in sync with the movie’s mass scenes.
Coming to the performances Vasanth Ravi as Rajinikanth’s son maintained the same stoic expression. Ramya Krishnan’s plays her part to perfection but hasn’t been given much to do in the film.Yogi Babu’s series of jokes worked here and there but with hardly any impact. Vinayakan as the main antagonist nailed his performance, he is creepy, funny yet very frightening. With his blood shot eyes and ruthless actions his acting peaked in the movie.
In conclusion, Rajinikanth’s unmatched stardom and heroism is evident but that is not enough to make a movie successful.
Rating: 3/ 5