2007. Sivaji The Boss saw the daylight after approximately 2 years under production. It smashed the box office collections like no other! When everyone was wondering what could be Super Star's next project, Sultan The Warrior was doing rounds. It was presumed to be Soundarya Rajinikanth's first 3D film featuring her dad. Back then, an authorized website (www.sultanthewarrior.com) by Ocher Picture Productions and Adlabs lived. I used to drop by the page countless times after school just to catch a glimpse of our Thalaivar in the animated composition. The project was shelved shortly and Shankar's Enthiran The Robot snatched the limelight away. Since then, there were many endeavors to reset Soundarya's dream. The film sprang from one name to another. It became Hara from Dheera before being renamed into Rana.
Due to Super Star's health issues, Rana (which was proposed to be a feature length live action flick) was halted. In the end, Kochadaiiyaan, a prequel to Rana, arrived as a relief in the form of a 3D Motion Capture Computer Animated Feature Length Period picture. Just like the time you've taken to finish reading the genre, Kochadaiiyaan (under Soundarya's direction and K.S Ravikumar's script and screenplay) took roughly 3 years to be shaped. And today, I was finally capable of catching the most expected innovation of the year for Kollywood and my ever first Tamil film in 3D.
Kochadaiiyaan Movie Review
IN DEPTH REVIEW:
Logline (1/1): Ranadheeran plays the double game with both Kalingapura and Kottaipatinam kingdoms to fulfill the last wish and avenge the unfair death of his late father, Kochadaiiyaan. A prodigious hero subject that tailor-suited the mass appeal of Super Star.
Plot (1/1): For a chariot that runs only for 2 hours (thanks to film editor Anthony), Kochadaiiyaan guaranteed theri mass from start to finish! The core story line involved plans and schemes of Ranadheeran to attain his goal (which was leaked in the second half). At first it didn't make any sense to me as to why the film was named after Kochadaiiyaan instead of Ranadheeran. But later I realized Kochadaiiyaan was the reason the complete story existed. K.S Ravikumar, the man behind the story planted his writings on the default route of a plot graph. From the introduction to the exposition; from the rising action to the climax, he must have studied and gone through the script repeatedly to eliminate any shortcomings.
Screen writing for a Rajini film is a complex process. One must know how to mash up action, comedy, drama, tense, songs, screen time allocation, dialogues and romance into a toothsome serving. Thanks to K.S Ravikumar, we got that handled! He has poured various layers of expressive plus artistic thoughts and manufactured Kochadaiiyaan out of it. Scenes were engaging to say the least. It has been a significant amount of time since I've watched or read a king's story. I love stories of that kind. The plot might be an old wine in a new crown glass, but the screenplay will glue you to your seat. It spoke on behalf of Kochadaiiyaan. I wished 'Super Star Rajni''s title card animation could have been done finer. But still, the name was the only one that mattered and I shouted my throat off for that! The introduction of the palace and the society was good. Rajinikanth's entrance with his trademark of horses and intro song served justice to his fans. From then on, the film dashed towards what it wanted to show you without wasting much time. You might feel the musical journey hampered the movie's proceedings a little here and there. It was pleasing to see Nagesh on silver screen. The interval block was predictable though. Before you could even say: "I know what is going to happen next", Soundarya brings in the past and treats you with another protagonist! The Siva Nadanam was superb. It oozed Kochadaiiyaan's strength and role. Fight sequences during the ship hijack: Two thumbs up! The way Rana fought with the bunch of fierce lynx and snapped their tooth off, distinguished the 3D viewing effect. I teared for the death sentence scene. All the other characters that participated were given fair amount of frames to appear. Speaking of screen space, we have 2 full hours of 2 Rajinis to enjoy looking at. That is more than I can ever ask for! Although Idhayam hurdles the flow, I wouldn't have missed placing the song in the movie because it represented creme de la creme of the rest. Be sure to catch the appearance of Kochadaiiyaan's elder son!
PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERIZATION (1/1)
Kochadaiiyaan was a Rajini, Rajini and Rajini show all the way. It was pretty obvious that Soundarya was super scrupulous when she designed her father, that too in 3 different versions! The simulator nodes and grafting machines at Pinewood Studios proved reliable. They did an almost flawless task in fabricating the characters using real life actors. Characters wise, Kochadaiiyaan and Ranadheeran were both sublimes. They had Xerox copies of charisma, elegance, boldness, style and philosophical instincts. Their screen presence meant a lot for the success of this film. I adored the names given for each of the roles. Deepika Padukone as Princess Vadhana was the everyday heroine but trust me, you do not want to miss the intoxicating stunt act she performed. Nagesh as the uncle was cute as ever with his jocular acts and timing comedies. Sarath Kumar as Sengodagan appeared for a brief moment. I wished they had a proper conclusion for him in the climax. Shobana as Yaahavi made her acting visible during the punishment footage. Jackie Shroff and Aadhi as Raja Mahendra and Veera Mahendra respectively were the secondary villains. Apart from Rajinikanth, Nassar as Rishikodagan had explicit details in his physical attributes. He was the formidable yet weak antagonist for Kochadaiiyaan. The aging effect for Nagesh's and Nassar's characters should have been more clearer. With that being said, all the characters came in and made a mark.
VISUAL EFFECTS (1.2/2)
Soundarya did the right thing by exposing the type and quality of computer graphics work that was installed in the movie, through the official teaser and trailer. She did not stimulate superfluous ideas and assumptions among the avid fans and general viewers, which would have caused major letdown. Today, that was precisely why I modulated my expectations before entering the cinema hall. My last dollar bet was on the story and screenplay. Surprisingly, the on-screen outcome was excellent. 5 minutes into the film made me understand why the bold maker wanted to produce this venture in her style - the animation format. Kochadaiiyaan was a ginormous set of notions which required grand production designs and crucial particularity. If it was shot into a life action film, the product would have been great no doubt. But, animation platform supplied limitless potentials and exemptions. I really enjoyed all the characters that were translated into thi