We all know that RAJINIKANTH the name itself brings millions to theatres world wide and the India’s first Photo realisting technique experiment from his daughter Soundarya hits the screens.
Rana (Rajinikanth), the leader of warriors in Kalingapuri, cons the king and switches sides to Kottaipattinam with the warriors. It is later revealed that he did that to fulfil the promise of his dad Kochadaiyaan (Rajinikanth again). He also has a reason to take revenge on the king of Kottaipattinam Rishikodagan (Nassar). Will he succeed doing it? Watch the film to know the answer.
As the film is completely shot using motion capture technology, the entire film was shot inside a studio and all actions and reactions of the actors were captured by 48 cameras. Rajinikanth’s trademark mannerisms have been captured well to an extent and when he walks during the introduction song with SPB’s song in the background, you might just forget that you are watching an animated avatar of Superstar. If Rana character showcases a charming and energetic Rajinikanth, Kochadaiyaan character showcases the vintage Rajinikanth. The ‘Rudra Thandavam’ dance sequence is a sheer delight to watch. Rajinikanth’s magnetic voice is the biggest plus point of the film and the audience will go gaga over his punch-lines.
Deepika Padukone could have looked better, while Sarathkumar looked more like Sarath Babu. Kudos to the team for bringing in Nagesh, and it looks like a tribute to theveteran actor. Rukmini, Shobana, Aadhi and Jackie Shroff have short but vital roles, which they have done well.
Senior artist Nasser has been brought out almost perfectly in the animated form. He has a strong role in the film, but his characterization looks little dodgy towards the end.
The promos and trailers gave us a hint of what to expect the film. Made at a budget and time frame which cannot be compared with Hollywood films, one cannot expect themovie to be technically flawless. What works in favour of the movie is that the team has given maximum attention to replicate Rajinikanth’s style and mannerisms. For instance, in a scene, Rajinikanth shuffles an elephant toy between his hands. The particular scene reminds us of the Rajinikanth we have seen in the 1990s. On the flip side, certain nuances like eye ball movements and emotions are not convincingly conveyed via motion capture technology.
AR Rahman’s music increases the tempo of the film at critical junctures, especially during the ‘Rudra Thandavam’ and ‘Ship fight’ sequences. It is always not easy for a music director to complement the extra-ordinary animated visuals. But, AR Rahman has managed to do it with terrific orchestration. Rajiv Menon should be lauded for bringing out the close-up shots of Rajinikanth so authentically that sends fans into a frenzy mode. Editing by Anthony is crisp and with a running length of under 2 hours, the movie does not test your patience.
Screenplay and Direction
The movie’s screenplay is written by KS Ravikumar, who is known for super hit commercial entertainers, and it is surprising to see him come up with a period story. He
has made sure that the movie has enough twists to keep you engaged. The dialogues are crisp and truly in Rajinikanth’s style.Soundarya R Ashwin has made a brave decision by handling a new technology in her very first film. It is also a commendable attempt, as it is doubtful if the same story could have been made as a normal feature film. It is an honour for anyone to direct Rajinikanth, and Soundarya has gone a step further by creating an animated version of him, which will stand the test of time. The movie ended with a small twist, which might pave way for a sequel.
In spite of the fact that animation and motion capturing involved with Kochadaiyaan are no match to Hollywood standards, this is just the beginning in Tamil cinema and it is a good beginning. If this movie is the output of the first attempt at motion capture technology, we should take it happily.
+Starting 15 mins is a dont miss +Rajini intro is stunning
+Action sequences were absolute +Script work is terrifically done from K.S.Ravikumar
+Dialouges from Rajini make fans go crazy
• AR Rahman Music
– People who doesnt know much about the technology would not take this seriously
– Songs which comes without a reason irritates you
– Expressions and Emotional touches failed in capturing through this technology
– Dragging and Bored first half
– Huge amount of budget has been spent and quality misses which annoys the viewer
– Long runtime
Kochadaiiyaan is a experiment of Motion Capture technology with a historical back ground .. Technically makers should be appreciated for the attempt but they failed in quality issues .. This movie is no where near to the Hollywood Standards .. Watch it for Rajinikanth and ARR Music .. Try if you love to know about the technology else take it easy.