No doubt many of us asked our self this question. Maybe you were sitting in a movie theater watching the movie when all of a sudden an actor whose talent you had admired or whose style had seemed so imprinted in your brain pops up in a average movie like Sivaji. A movie so not above your expectations, in fact, that it not only tarnishes them but makes you feel guilty for once believing in the director. After all, you had invested all your hopes on this person (Shankar), and now they’re out there destroying every ones expectations.
Unless if you’re a die-hard Rajni fan (like me), “Sivaji” is perfectly a mixed average movie experience.
Watching “Sivaji” you get the feeling that entire film was written, produced, shot and edited with out matching to Rajni’s type and his style.
Let’s look at the facts here – we’ve got one big and bunch of semi-big actors (big enough names for people to recognize, like Suman and Raghuvaran) in a relatively high-budget, high-scale flick created and produced by trendy much acclaimed and modern thinker the Director Shankar. You can tell they possibly expect us to take this movie seriously by releasing in the middle/end of a summer season with mega-budget, blockbuster music from A.R.Rahman and superstar.
The key to pulling off a message oriented movie like Sivaji is as simple as the reformer vs. anti-social,corrupted system, etc. is to keep the message clarity with realistic sample incidents (one black money case to build from) and dialogues. Well, “Sivaji” does dabble in that area both for campy humor and confusing theme, but also to seriously push the story along specially the first half.The lame comedy and first half shreya love sequence is some what offbeat to the movie and did not glue into the movie message.
Shankar did that perfectly of ‘love sequence with the message’ when Arjun and Manisha Koyirala acted in that one day chief minister movie.
There isn’t much to say about the plot other than the obvious – it’s about how black money can be put to good cause.
Second half is some what engages us in the movie.With many corrupted politicians and Suman in a kingmaker role stealing the show, but Sivaji’s portrayal of the conversion of rich to poor and from rags to riches being handled with subtlety.Super star as always gave his best in these sequences.
Overall I felt that movie would have been tailored to suit Super star status and style.
Note : Your movie experience might be different all here I’m trying to give my perspective on Shankar directing Rajni. Your experience may be very well different from mine.