19 June 2007

Sivaji Review

Late-a vandhalum I hope this review will be latest ;-)

Okay, first and foremost, if you go to this movie expecting something, nay anything, similar to Shankar's earlier decent works, you are rudely mistaken. In fact, you would end up disappointed !

I always have a simple formula for watching formula movies. Go with null expectations. Just go to the movie hall to get entertained and you can actually enjoy watching these formula movies.

If you are a Rajinikanth fan, well, like myself and so many others, you will have sore lips and hoarse throat from whistling and yelling and catcalling. Well, I am not a Rajinikanth fan or whatsoever, but I kind of like to revel in that festival atmosphere.

Having set that clear, I guess there is no point in me telling the story or whatsoever. The movie is a clean entertainer. It is just that Shankar has wasted a golden opportunity here. He could have made the screenplay a bit more tighter and added some more meat into it. I mean he could have actually added some more logic into the story too !

Rajinikanth carries the movie through. There were however some scenes where I felt that they could have avoided the closeup shots. Shirya looks cute and pretty and in fact, shows her talent for comedy too !

The icing on the cake is actually vivek. He revels in his role with amazing timing and in fact, this should rank high up on his good roles and should go a long way in resuscitating his flagging career.

All the supporting actors have played their part effectively and nicely. However menacing Suman looks, he actually falters when he says "I am very sensitive". What in the world was that ?

The biggest let down of the movie, needless to say, is actually Shankar.

A hype around anything is created when people expect something from it. In shivaji's case, the hype around Shankar is totally unjustified. Rajinikanth and Rahman, the two other factors for the hype, have actually done more than the hype they deserve.

My Verdict: A decent and a clean entertainer. However, I think my prediction about this movie would be true !


PS: Of course, I can comfortably watch it one more time !


Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 8:56 AM


  1. Blogger ada-paavi!!!! posted at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 10:15:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    my verdict on ur review, total bullshit. Poi Sollarathuku oru aalavu irukku
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 8:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Vatsa: Well, each of us have our own opinions ;-) If you ask me, I would say that you went to the movie with too much expectations and hence you were disappointed.

  3. Blogger Ravi posted at Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 12:59:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    I went to the movie with no expectation and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Yes, we can find fault at many places in the movie. However, it is sheer fun to watch with the whistling, hooting and yelling fans at a Chennai theatre (Abirami)and the movie and Rajni on screen are well worth it.

    Yes, Shakar did a much better job in Mudhalvan and Indian, but here it seems his awe of Rajni has affected his script which is loose. But hey who cares ? I will see the movie in theatre again possibly in a smaller city like Trichy to enjoy the audience atmosphere again !
  4. Blogger YURVI posted at Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 8:40:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    The laptop showed 20 Lakhs crores black money, but the dialogue at one place says 2 Lakhs crores of black money......

    Hope Shankar, Rajni, AVM all were thinking about their black money...thats why this mistake....

    During one election (when coimbatore blast took place) rajini himself admitted getting black money for movies....

    Can he surrender or any one can arrest him?

    Can shankar assure there is no black money involved in This movies real business....

    Thats why shankar could not impress us in this movie....
  5. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Friday, June 22, 2007 at 3:12:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    dey yurvi;
    appadi partha was one day cm in mudhalvan alright ?

    In case you did not know, most movie's post lagaan period, pay even the spot boys by cheque, making it an all white transaction.

    kamal says it appropriately in pks "pazhamozhi yellam aaraya koodadhu, anubavichu dhaan parkanum".

  6. Blogger Chandrshekar posted at Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Shankar is one of the worst directors that Tamil Cinema has seen. Loaded only with hype, empty in substance , a pure "vittai" mannan. K.S.Ravikumar is far better than shankar, because he maintains that he is doing only commercial movies. Only shankar can get the reward for perfectly farting in 1000, techincally correct ways.
  7. Blogger Vasanth posted at Monday, July 2, 2007 at 12:20:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    After all the expectation and hype created in media, i think the movie is much below expectation. For all non-rajini fans its a one time watchable one. And for rajini fans it is a dream come true to see his star dazzling. But i dont see shankar in any department of the movie except in one song where he shows up himself to establish that it is a shankar movie too.

    -KV Anand camera all throughout the movie, especially in making rajini dazzling and the songs & fight sequence were well picturized.
    -Music & picturization for 3 songs were really awesome.
    -One more credit to Rajini for his bald look.

    -Screenplay is below standard. To be specific, the screenplay for the first half of the movie was totally a crap mixing serious subject, love & comedy unproportionately. Im quite surprised shankar has done this.
    -It doesnt look like a shankar movie except the richness in almost all songs. So average credit to direction part.
    -Name any Vivek movie, i will assure u that it has far better jokes than this. Vivek has performed much as a second fiddle to Rajini than a comedian in this movie.
    -Background score other than the music for song & fight sequence were well below standard. I think Deva will suit Rajini far better than ARR in providing background score to his movie (Courtesy: Baasha & Anna malai).

    Am I exaggerating... but this is what i serious feel abt this movie.

    Overall : Below expectation that the media created, but a decent movie to time pass: watchable once, movie for die hard rajini fan. I see a lot of blogs comparing it wit h Baasha & Anna malai. Please dont do that.
  8. Blogger Shankar posted at Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 3:51:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Felt the movie was a big crap. You can read my review at http://shaviswa.blogspot.com/

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