Saturday, 24 May 2014

Kochadaiiyaan - Good, Bad, Ugly.

When the show ended at 12:30 pm, which was supposedly to be ended by 11:30 pm, there was silence in the theater, pin drop silence. Nobody moved, nobody clapped, nobody screamed, strange scene at the end of a Superstar's movie on a first day. And, when was the last time we saw Superstar die on screen? I could not imagine this scene if it wasn't just an animated movie. The response from the audience would have been different if it wasn't an animated movie.  It was quite evident that nobody accepted this as a Superstar's movie.

Kochadaiiyaan is a revenge historical drama. Rana, the son of Kochadaiiyaan avenges his father's murder. It has love, action, betrayal, etc. Kochadaiiyaan has a good script and screenplay by KSR with his usual touch, who never goes wrong when joining hands with Superstar. Excellent cast starting from our Superstar, Nasser, Sarathkumar, Deepika, Jakie Sharoff, Aadhi, Shobana, etc. Fantastic songs and BGM from ARR. Even though some of the songs should have been avoided. But how is the final output? Will it satisfy all the audience? A big no. I only wish they have made this as a normal movie.

Still Kochadaiiyaan has its moments, but it was very few. That goose-bump moment during Superstar's intro, his trademark steps and  that slo-mo walk in the intro song which makes everyone go crazy. His punch dialogues, even though its just an animated avatar of Superstar. But he best part for me is the recreation of Nagesh, and whoever has dubbed for Nagesh has done a tremendous job. Kudos to the team for bringing back this legend on screen.

ARR and Superstar tries hard to save the movie, its bad that we are able to hear only his voice modulations and we miss his facial expressions. Especially during his interaction with Nasser when he was in prison and during the climax when he mouths 'vesham poduvathu endru mudivana piragu pagal enna iravenna'. And, the romance scenes and duets are so bad.

Kochadaiiyaan's animation standard is sure to disappoint anybody. We can simply call it as low standard rather than calling it as Indian standard. But, still Superstar was recreated on screen as a young avatar and Jakie Sharoff and Nasser also upto some level. Others, especially all the ladies were real disappointment. It was fun identifying who's who before a character speaks. Expecting a sequel with high standard.

Kochadaiiyaan - Still watch it for Rajni (voice) and ARR.

Rating - 2.5/5.0.

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