Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#Lingaa #hindiTeluguTamilMovieFilmReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * *


#Lingaa #hindiTeluguTamilMovieFilmReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * *

 
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Hindi/Telugu/Tamil Movie Review
Johnson Thomas
Repetitive Heroism
Film: Linga
Cast: Rajnikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: K. S. Ravikumar


Rating:  * *


Rajnikanth’s films always have a buzz surrounding them so ‘Lingaa’ was no different coming into it’s opening. but unfortunately ‘Lingaa’ does not live up to expectations. it follows the same old tried and tested pattern to showcase Rajnikanth.

Lingaa straddles two periods – the original King features in the pre-independence segment while his son and heir , in the post-independence segment. Both the roles are essayed by Southern Superstar Rajnikanth. The Father goes against the British to finish the dam work but fails and his son then takes up the challenge to complete the work, as collector of the region. That’s as far as the story goes. needless to say , there are songs, dances and silly cosmeticised action bridging the story-telling gaps while punctuating the narrative with ridiculousness and illogic.

It’s no fun watching Rajnikanth do the same old stuff and this despite the add-on new fangled technological improvisations. 
K. S. Ravikumar, who also scripted the film in collaboration with the film's dialogue writer, Pon Kumaran, does a shabby job  making the entire run of play look ludicrous and laughable.  Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha don’t contribute much. Neither does the music by A. R  Rahman- which has now begun sounding like assembly line techno stuff. Cinematography by R rathanavelu and production Design by sabu Cyril are just about passable.  Stunts choreographed by Hollywood stuntman Lee Whitaker may have been well executed but traditional editing tropes demean the experience. Not much of an entertainer , this!

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