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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Movie review: Kochadaiiyaan falls notches short of a Rajinikanth epic

Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 24, 2014
First Published: 12:19 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:41 IST(24/5/2014)

Thalaivar Rajinikanth's much touted comeback on the silver screen, Kochadaiiyaan, is here. Is it worth the fan frenzy? Not really.

Kochadaiiyaan is the story of great warrior Kochadaiiyaan Rana Ranvijay (Rajinikanth), who wins the trust of king Mahendra (Jackie Shroff) of Kalingpuri, but breaks it soon to free the slaves from his motherland Kottaipattinum. Soon, we discover that Rana has a hostile history with Kottaipattinum king Rishikodagan (south actor Nasser).

WATCH: ONLY RAJINIKANTH FANS WILL LOVE KOCHADAIIYAAN



Rishkodagan's son Sengodan (R Sarathkumar) is Rana's friend and marries Thalaivar's sister, which makes the king furious. Rishodagan's daughter Vadana (Deepika Padukone) loves Rana and the film traces the struggle of the lovers amid warring royals and breaking trusts.
 
Debutante director Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin opens the film on a high note and packages the film with high-octane drama and action. The first half of the film is gripping and keeps you on the tenterhooks.
 
The makers start off with footage of Rajinikanth, Soundarya and Deepika Padukone working on the project. The movie then begins with Amitabh Bachchan's narration, initiating the audience into the story.
 
Rajinikanth makes his entry in the typical superhero style - galloping on his horse between hilltops as he practically flies between the cliffs. However, the animated format - motion capture picture technology notwithstanding – is not the same thing as watching Rajini in flesh.



This period drama loses its pace in the second half, as it is dragged down by action and too many grand scenes, dances and battles.
 
Watching the film does not really give you the high you expect from watching Rajinikanth in 3D.
 
In the Hindi version, the high sounding and overtly dramatic dialogues is another downer. Sample a few:
 
"Ye dard waqt ke aankh mein aansu ban ke jam gaya."

Deepika inspects a statue of Rajinikanth, Rana the fighter, and says, "Itne chikne gaal jaise mere chumban ke liye banaye gaye ho."
 
Watch Kochadaiiyaan for the vivid motion capture technology and Rajini's tandav in the second half. But be warned, an overkill of patriotism, courage and friendship may leave you bored.

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