Remember those 'Supremo' comics, which portrayed Superstar Amitabh Bachchan as a super -hero saving the world. These comics projected Amitabh Bachchan more dashing and powerful, which excited his fans all over the world. The reason to immortalized any super star is to show them doing the impossible and extend their star image to another higher level. The same thought process must have inspired Soundarya Rajinikanth to immortalize her father Rajinikanth in India's first motion capture photo-realistic 3D animated film - 'Kochadaiiyaan'. This technology is very popular and now quite common in Hollywood with films like 'Polar Express', 'Avatar', 'Bewulf' and many more. But to make such film, a producer needs huge financial support along with the help of great technicians and a path-breaking vision. So let's find out, whether Soundarya Rajinikanth may manage to do justice to the debuting genre or might end up giving us those films which has great ideas but when it comes to execution, fails miserably.
'Kochadaiiyaan' is a story of great warrior Rana (Rajinikanth) who returns back to his kingdom after defeating his enemies. The king (Nassar) along with his son (R. Sarathkumar) & daughter Vadhana (Deepika Padukone) welcome this great warrior in their kingdom and appoint him as commander in chief. But Rana has something else to acquire in this kingdom which is related to his powerful father Kochadaiiyaan (Rajinikanth). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is interesting but quite stale and has been shown in many of the earlier Hindi films. The screenplay is lethargic and follows its path at a snail pace. There are few good fight scenes which will keep you glued to the silver screen. But the weak and lengthy screenplay gets you detached from the film. The whole excitement in the film keeps going down mainly due to the weak special effects and unwanted songs. The makers have done a good amount of hard work and it does reflect on the close up shots of Rajinikanth, Nasser and Nagesh. Besides that, the whole effort seemed juvenile and amateur. Nevertheless, the background graphics were terrible and unreal, due to which the whole connect with the film is missing.
Music & Direction:
A.R Rahman has composed the music of 'Kochadaiiyaan' and one can add it among the list of his weaker films. There are so many unwanted songs in the film, which dilutes the flow of the film. Not even a single song in the movie has the magic of Rahman attached to it. Background music is good and goes well with the flow of the film.
Soundarya Rajinikanth dares to venture into an unexplored genre with the help of limited resources. The hard work does reflect in some scenes, but on overall basis it's a huge disappointment. The movie will remind you of all those 2D-3D animated series or movies we had seen on Cartoon Network, which forced us to change the channel, instantly.
Rajinikanth fans will be extremely happy to see him in three different avatars. Both Rana and Kochadaiiyaan appearances look fantastic. Deepika Padukone looked plump and different. Jackie Shroff, Nassar, R. Sarathkumar, Nagesh and Aadhi looked great in their cinematic avatar. Shobhana, Rukmini and others lend good support. Amitabh Bachchan's vocal intro in the beginning adds the grandeur to the film.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, there might be some dum stored in for you if you are a die-hard Rajinikanth fan or want to see the level of our filmmakers trying to create the new genre. For all others who are expecting a film which can come at par with international films like 'Avatar' or 'Bewulf', well 'Kochadaiiyaan' might disappoint you as it ends up being extended HD graphic game introduction on a big screen.