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June 23, 2007

Sivaji , the “Baas”

Filed under: Movies — Teal @ 2:02 pm

Yuppy .. been a loooooong time since I wrote a review and much much longer since I watched a Rajni movie in theatres. After much unnessecary hype and hoopla created by most of TN’s junta , including standing for hours together to get tickets – spending 200 odd for watching the movie . .. and that too THIS ONE!


What was Shankar thinking????

When MGR was 60 odd and acted with much much younger heroines he had the sense to take long shots! Rajni’s age shows clearly through the utterly ghastly close-ups and his inability to dance [no, i dont mean the way he has danced since his entry into tinsel town]

As is the case with most Shankar movies, there is unnessecary extravangance in almost every turn of the movie. ‘Ballelaka’ – features some of Tamil Nadu’s pot bellied junta who bear various motifs on their tummies – from lions to pongal pots, to Rajni’s face. What is utterly disgusting is watching them wobble in close up as poor shankar made them jump and jive [Eeek, i tend to get very specific at times]. Shankar has tried the ‘guest’ appearance funda for [I think] the first time in front of the camera . . .

Thotta Tharani’s art work is amazing … all the sets are wonderful and very very ethereal , especially the setting for ‘Sahana saaral’ – the glasshouse and the water below the flooring. Manish Malhotra’s design is very gaudy and I would advice ppl to wear coolers while ‘Oru koodai sunlight’ comes on screen , biker blonde rajni is a hoot to watch!

As is the case with most Rajni movies , expect a lottt of punch dialogues. And after the grand realisation that he had glorified smoking all these years , the super star switches to chewing gum.

Watching Bald Rajni being styled Morpheus style and fighting matrix style stunts [or was it trying to spoof them, can anyone tell the difference?] was one of the many things tht irked me to the CORE. And what does he mean by demolishing all the guitars???? Stunt sequences copied from all successful action movies – POC, Kill Bill , The Matrix Trilogy. That Peter Hayne guy must be jailed for plagiarism!

Shreya has duely taken Ash’s place to prove she can scare as much [or is it even more] with her plastic smiles and her wanderfool acting skills , but dances amazingly well through out the movie. Vivek’s comedy remains subdued in the grand screen presence of the ‘Baas’.

The music of the movie is plain disappointing. A.R Rehman has rendered incoherent noise [listen up for the sound of scratching nails and heavy metal objects moving in ‘Oru koodai sunlight’] The other numbers are too ordinary for the standards that he has set. Nothing hummable or worth retaining.

Alltogether an utterly pointless flick. Shankar again takes the anti politician approach and makes utterly ridiculous things seem possible. Leave your brain in cold storage, take in loads of patriotism with you into the theatre. You will come out entertained. I guarantee it.

For all the Rajni Verians who might be reading this  – “Coooooooool………



  1. was wondering from which movie tat climax stunt was ‘inspired’ from…
    loads of patriotism??lol..who goes to watch a rajni movie wit patriotism in mind??…its an out n out rajni movie…n tat was enuff 🙂

    Comment by Vivekanand — June 25, 2007 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  2. I have had extreme responses to the topic of Shivaji- either outright horror (like yours) or absolute enjoyment (in case of Rajini fans). Either way I am glad I didnt spend $20 on this 🙂

    Comment by Ramya — June 29, 2007 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  3. 🙂 The pre-requisite to watch a rajini movie is to leave your Bheja at home !!

    Comment by Titan — July 12, 2007 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

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