Kochadaiiyaan – An experience not to be missed !                     

by Narendran R

After a long hiatus, Superstar Rajinikanth returns to rule the box office again with his next venture Kochadaiiyaan. Although it is not the usual live action film seen in cinemas regularly, the name Rajinikanth is enough to incite interest among the movie buffs as to what this new film is about. Adding to their curiosity, the movie has been in the making for a very long time and only recently had its audio launch function amid much grandeur and fanfare. The trailer of the movie was also released at the event to thunderous applause and great reception.

Despite what was seen as India’s first motion capture photo-realistic animated film, the micro blogging and social network sites were filled with mixed reviews when it came to this venture. This was contradicting as compared to the diehard cine goers and Rajini’s fans themselves who were spellbound with the mere presence of Rajinikanth himself on the screen. Citing what Director Shankar said in the audio launch event earlier, many fans had a mindset of ‘’Neenga Vantha Mattum Pothum’’ reasoning that the presence of Rajinikanth himself is suffice to watch the film. Hence, what could be the reason behind this predicament? The article delves more into the depth of the matter.

The main issue that flooded my news feed was the motion capture technology used. It is said that the visuals were below par when compared to the likes of other Hollywood movies using the same technology like The Adventures of Tintin or Avatar.  Please bear in mind that the cost of production is a vital reason for this. Both Tintin and Avatar had an average production budget of $100 million and $230 million respectively. In addition to that, both the movies took almost 5 years to complete the entire process of filmmaking. Hence, it is absurd to even throw such allegations to the makers, who tried their best to complete the movie under a much more compromised budget and time.

Experience plays a paramount importance in the film industry. Thus, it will be apt if no comparison were made. James Cameron and Peter Jackson are experienced filmmakers and hence comparing a debutante with them is unfair. Instead, director Soundarya should be lauded for her effort in bringing such a huge change in the Indian cinema in her maiden venture itself. What looked like a far-fetched idea before now seems a viable option for filmmakers in the future.

Regardless of the alleged drawbacks, Kochadaiiyaan boasts its own trademark star cast and world class technicians. From Superstar Rajinikanth to Sarath Kumar, Jackie Shroff and Deepika Padukone who are already famous in the cine field, there are more to that actually. Music score by the Oscar winning A.R Rahman is already a chartbuster. All the 9 tracks have its own momentum and give a special majestic feel to the film in particular. SP Bala’s vociferous voice in Engae Pogutho Vanam and the mesmerizing Karma Veeran are great renditions to name a few. Vairamuthu with his usual penchant for philosophical lyrics continues his trait in Kochadaiiyaan as well in Maattram Ondrudhan Marathathu. Rajiv Menon’s cinematography looks promising in the trailer itself as he showcases why he is one of the best in the field. K.S Ravikumar , the man behind the successful Muthu and Padayappa is credited with the story for this movie. Known for his Mass commercial movies, he sure knows what Rajini fans are expecting from him and from the trailer, the efforts are visible.

In a nutshell, the effort of the entire team can be seen and kudos to director Soundarya who has come up with a totally different attempt. Slated to release in multiple languages, this movie would be a turning stone on the face of the Indian cinema. There may be many Indian films with this technology incorporated in the future, but this will remain the first and the game changer in whole. Do watch it in theatres to experience the new standard of film and be prepared to be amazed!

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