Directed by K.S. Ravikumar
Produced by Rockline Venkatesh
Written by Cheyyar Arun , Pon Kumaran
Starring Rajinikanth , Anushka Shetty , Sonakshi Sinha , Santhanam
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
Edited by Samjith Mhd
Production company Rockline Entertainments
Distributed by Eros International
The movie opens to an engineer (Ponvannan) surveying a dam with the whole village of Solaiyur looking on. The village headman Karunakaran (K. Vishwanath) and the area’s Member of Parliament (Jagapathi Babu) are also among the onlookers. That same night, the engineer is murdered and just before he passes away, he asks the elderly Karunakaran to open the Shiva temple located close to the dam. The engineer’s death is believed to be an accident by the villagers. The temple has remained locked for over 70 years and when the villagers ask Karunakaran permission to open it, he reveals that according to his father’s oath, only a successor of Raja Lingeshwaran should open it. He sends out emissaries to different parts of the country to search and find Raja Lingeshwaran’s only remaining successor – his grandson (Rajinikanth). However, hating his grandfather for not leaving him any wealth, the grandson – who has also been named Lingeshwaran, has shortened his name to Linga and is a petty thief, who steals small objects along with his gang (Santhanam, Karunakaran, Balaji), for a living. Linga and his friends are caught by the Police and are in jail, when an unknown lady reporter – Lakshmi (Anushka) comes and rescues them. Lakshmi reveals that she is from the village of Solaiyur and wants Linga to come to the village, to reopen the temple. Though reluctant at first, Linga and his friends go to the village, to escape from the Police.
On reaching the village, Linga learns that the Lord Shiva sculpture in the temple is made of a rare precious stone and plans to steal it and settle down for life. It is here that he learns of his grandfather – Raja Lingeshwaran (Rajinikanth). Lingeshwaran, also a Cambridge graduated engineer, first came to the village of Solaiyur as a Collector, in the British era. On learning that the farmers of this village and the surrounding villages are facing severe floods for 3 months and complete drought for the remaining 9 months, he appeals to the British government to help build a dam in Solaiyur. His fellow British collectors and their chief ridicule him and refuse to help construct the dam. He resigns as a Collector and takes up the construction of the dam on his own. Being a very rich Maharaja, he puts in his own money and goes about constructing the dam with the help of the villagers (Radha Ravi, Vijayakumar, R. Sundarrajan, Sonakshi Sinha and many others), much to the chagrin of the Britishers, especially Collector Hunter. In an unfortunate turn of events. just when the dam is nearing completion and there are torrential rains endangering the dam and the village, Linga is forced to seek Collector Hunter’s help. Hunter puts forth some conditions, sticking to which Raja Lingeshwaran loses all his wealth and is also disgraced by the villagers. The angry villagers chase him out of the village, asking him never to return again. What were the conditions put forth by the Britisher? Why did Raja Lingeshwaran lose all his wealth? What happens to the dam? Why are the villagers angry with Raja Lingeshwaran? What plans does the corrupt MP have for the present day dam? Watch Lingaa on the big screens to know…
Director KS Ravikumar has given us many super hits with the Superstar in the past and is all set to give another one with Lingaa. Known as the king of commercial entertainers, he has lived up to the name in his latest directorial too. The story is larger than life, just what the Superstar’s fans would want to see him in on the big screens, after a big gap! The director has seamlessly woven the past and the present in this movie set in two different eras. The dialogues need a very special mention with Superstar getting to deliver some new punch dialogues. Some of the dialogues like, “I have not failed. I have just postponed my success… See you soon!” bring the theatre down. Putting together such an ensemble cast and above all completing a movie of this magnitude in just 6 months, is absolutely mindboggling and the producers deserve all the credit for this. Director Shankar is known for having one or 2 extravagantly made songs in his movies but KS Ravikumar has made all the songs in Lingaa on this scale. The Superstar is back with a bang and rocks with his acting, stunts, dialogue delivery and style. However, the biggest plus is the way he has gelled and shared the comedy sequences with youngsters like Santhanam and Karunakaran, He has brought out the differentiation in the two characters he has played and as Raja Lingeshwaran, steals the cake. Anushka is the show stealer and looks absolutely gorgeous on screen. Sonakshi Sinha as the village belle Manibharathi has made a stellar debut in Tamil. Her emoting and dancing are top-notch Anushka and Sonakshi, despite not sharing screen space in any scene, have vied with each other for acting honours and both have performed brilliantly. Santhanam is his usual comic self and his oneliners are ribtickling. Karunakaran does not have a meaty role but carries himself well in the scenes he appears in. Veterans Radha Ravi, Vijayakumar, K. Vishwanath and R, Sundarrajan breeze through their roles. Jagapathi Babu is apt as the corrupt politician. The actors who play Britishers, especially the stars playing Collector Hunter and his wife, excel.
AR Rahman’s sound tracks are already topping the charts and the visuals take them to a totally new plane altogether. However, with so much being spent on the project, the graphics could have been better. The train sequences in the flashback and the climax sequences could have been better showcased in the graphics. Randy’s cinematography is an absolute treat for the viewers. The way he has managed to film the outdoor shots especially the dam scenes and the one shot from the top angle when he covers an entire royal dining table with all the people seated on it are top class. Editing is crisp.