Claps for: - The realistic animation, the grandeur, the lavish green setting and the acting.
Slaps for: - The tedious songs that play after every 15 minutes, in order to extend the one hour movie to two hours.
Plot: - The story revolves around the enmity between two regions, set in the time of kings and queens; Kochadaiiyaan depicts the Indian princely culture. Rajinikanth plays the role of the father as well as the son. Till the interval you're still figuring out whether Rajni's the protagonist or the antagonist.
Kochidaiyaan is an ideal patriot for whom protection of homeland precedes that of family. The king is jealous of Kochadaiiyaan due to his likability with the citizens. The post interval film focuses on the return of Kochadaiiyaan's son Rana, who is back for the revenge of his father's death as well as to fulfill the promise that he gave to his father.
Animation: - Characters are easily distinguishable; the animation is so real that even fine lines on Rajni's palm are visible. However the background sketches are just vague. Out of the many animation flaws, the lips don't sync with the voices, being a typical Rajinikanth movie, improbable action scenes are anticipated, even Deepika is seen jumping from balconies, throwing stacks of dozen sticks in the air and rolling lifts in the air, the Maharaja making an announcement to a million soldiers is audible from the balcony itself and the tedious songs after every 15 minutes kill your mood. The movie is sprinkled with cheesy dialogues and oodles of melodrama, dialogues being in quintessence or chaste hindi, lines like 'Tum chinta mat karo jab tak me hu maharaj ko kuch nai ho sakta' are expected.
Combo on offer: - The acting is convincing, the dances are substantial. Ms Padukone manifests as a pretty Menka in desi, ethnic outfits and Rajini is the hero who saves the day. The lavish green setting is a visual treat and the movie takes you to an extreme scale of grandeur and flamboyance.
Our Verdict: - The unexpected twists keep you firmly gripped in your seats. It does have its flaws too. All in all, we give the movie Claps for the entertainment value and of course, Rajinikanth.
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