When K.S. Ravikumar is on board with Rajnikanth, the best you can expect is a commercial entertainer with its equal punch of emotions, mass, comedy, romance and sentiments. Earnestly, his previous collaborations with Rajnikanth titled Padaiyappa and Muthu have been perfect exemplifications. Let’s see how different and engaging is their recent flick Lingaa that has a worldwide release today marking the birthday of Superstar Rajnikanth.
The film is set in backdrops of two different time periods. One in 1939, where we find Rajnikanth playing Lingeshwaran hailing from the lineage of a Kingdom, who is an IAS officer and engineer on the mission of constructing dam for his villagers suffering from drought and poverty. Cut to the present situation, there is Lingaa (again played by Rajnikanth, a petty thief along with his bunch of sidekicks (Santhanam, Karunakaran and Balaji). Situations urge Lingaa to move into the same village, where his grandfather is worshipped as God. Although reluctant and hesitating for not enjoying of the materialistic privileges of his grandfather, Lingaa later realises the best things that he has contributed to the history of mankind.
Rajnikanth stuns us in his avatar of Lingeshwaran. His body mannerisms and his powerful dialogues blend well with this role. Watch out for the emotional sequences that come in second half. A man who does no harm, helps others around him with happiness is a King in himself. Such lines really gain our attention rather than mere claps. Rajnikanth as the grandson entertains us with his witty lines along with Santhanam and their combination manages to evoke good laughter. To keep the audiences engaged with some commercial dose, KS Ravikumar tries bringing in some romantic appeal between Rajnikanth and Anushka, but it’s at the decent level and not to miss the ‘Mona Gasolina’ song. Sonakshi Sinha embellishes her role with some significance and carries more substance than Anushka. Karunakaran doesn’t the right chance to score and he could’ve been very well utilised. Dev Singh Gill has been wasted. Jagapathi Babu as baddie is okay, though he doesn’t get more scope. Radharavi, Vijayakumar and Sundarajan are apt for their roles.
AR Rahman’s presence doesn’t engage us completely and he seems to have missed out his usual magic in background score. But the songs are quite enjoyable. Thanks to cinematographer Rathinavelu for top-notch cinematography. Editing is nicely done for the transitions remains soft and neat.
There aren’t much negative traits in this film and if you are precisely looking up, it’s not the exact point though, Lingaa might not gratify the audiences in the mass zone, but would make it more compelling to watch for the stellar performance of Rajnikanth in dual roles and KS Ravikumar’s ability to handle this script efficiently.
Verdict: Rajnikanth’s magical performance recreated.