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What is so great about Rajinikanth's Lingaa teaser, one wonders

While good triumphing over evil narrative is as old as the hills, what makes a story different is how it is told. Sadly, Rajinikanth as Lingaa is one we have seen over and over again. So, what's the fuss with the almost 3 lakh views on YouTube?

regional movies Updated: Nov 10, 2014 14:25 IST
Nivedita Mishra
Nivedita Mishra
Hindustan Times
Rajinikanth,Lingaa,Sonakshi Sinha

How often can one keep seeing the same stuff and keep humouring oneself into believing that this is mass entertainment, this is Rajinikanth and possibly, this is Indian audience and their choices.

A look at Lingaa teaser and it isn't hard to miss its similarity with Kochadaiyaan, only the latter was set in an ancient, mythical era, while Lingaa exists in a world we live in.

The teaser opens with an impression of a man walking across a bridge. The next frame, of course, tells us it's Rajinikanth as Lingaa.

Watch: Lingaa Teaser

We get to see vignettes of what looks like an animated fight sequence atop a moving train with dhoti-clad men and the 'hero', though we can't quite make out who he is. But it's not hard to guess who it could be. The next few frames show Rajinikanth in many sartorial avatars in various acts of omission and commission.

One notices that, possibly, there is a present and a past angle to the narrative - some part of the story seems to be set in a more recent past, may be, British India in a princely state. And then of course, there are two pretty women - Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty.

From the teaser we get a feel that this is some kind of revenge drama with sufficient romance and some humour thrown in.

But what one fails to understand is why and how has the teaser garnered the kind of response (at the time of filing this report, the count stood close to 3 lakh views) it has over YouTube? We've seen Rajinikanth in this avatar many times over. The superhero-meets-savior-of-the-poor-meets-tormentor-of-the-evil looks jaded. Not because the stories are bad, but because the manner it is being told has been seen before.

If teasers are anything to go by, Lingaa looks to be just another Rajini affair, loud and overdone, with nothing new to offer. It's clearly a case of been there, done that, even by Rajini standards!

(Erratum: The YouTube views of Lingaa were wrongly mentioned being as close to 3 lakhs. It should have been close to 30 lakhs. The error is regretted.)

First Published: Nov 08, 2014 15:41 IST