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REVIEW: Sivaji: the Boss

TSV Hari  Chennai, June 16, 2007
First Published: 12:02 IST(16/6/2007) | Last Updated: 13:23 IST(16/6/2007)

Cast: Rajnikant, Shriya;
Director: Shankar;
Rating: ****

Sivaji: The Boss is all about numbers. It narrates the story of an NRI do-gooder Sivaji (Rajnikant) who wants to spend around Rs. 2 billion to set up a number of free educational and medical institutions in his hometown.

Sivaji, a successful computer wizard, comes to his hometown from the US to share his wealth with the poor and needy. But very soon her realises that things aren't as easy as he thought and he becomes a victim of a corrupt system. He is harassed by a dhoti-clad politician Adisheshan (Suman), in myriad ways. A corrupt bureaucrat assists the politician in exploiting Sivaji.

They suck up all his money and leave him to suffer. How Sivaji turns the tables with the help of his uncle leads to the climax of the movie.

<b1>As far creativity and novelty is concerned, it is obvious that director Shankar did not try to be different as Sivaji turns out to be a rehash of all his previous jingoistic claptrap efforts.

Shankar has packed enough gimmicks in the movie to keep his catcalling front-benchers happy. Rajnikant's garish costumes and wigs look outlandish. It seems they have been designed to make him look adequately youthful for 25-year-old Shriya.

Age seems to have caught up with Suman too and he grimaces in the appropriate sequences. Vivek, who plays Ranjnikant's uncle, is the surprise scene-stealer.

Sujata's dialogues, KV Anand's camera work, Thotta Tharani's massive sets and AR Rahman's music live up to the expectations.

All in all, Sivaji is a complete masala fare riding on the shoulders of Rajnikant, who undoubtedly remains the USP and the biggest attraction of the film. Enough to keep the cash registers jingling!

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