Cast: Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka shetty, Jagapathi Babu.
Director: KS Ravi Kumar
Music Ar Rahman
All theatres in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka are going houseful for the movie marking Thalaivar Rajinikanth’s return after a gap of almost four years, not taking into account the animation film ‘Kochadaiyaan’.
Released in 3,000 screens today, on Rajinikanth’s birthday, “Lingaa”, directed by KS Ravikumar, who had produced blockbuster films like “Muthu” and “Padayappa” in the past, is likely to deliver results within the first week though critics have been upset over no hypes in the film.
The storyline, set in the backdrop of pre-independence era over the construction of a damin a Solaiyur village, where Rajinikanth was engineer Raja Lingeswaran, brings relief to his villagers constructing a dam despite opposition from the British Raj. Enraged British rulers get him out of their way hatching a plan to insult him before his own people.
Come present day, an engineer comes to curvey the dam but dies mysteriously not before advising the villagers to re-open the Shiva temple and go for dam’s opening. When the village headman reveals that only the grandson of Lingeshwaran can open the temple, Lakshmi, played by Anushka, succeeds to bring him to the village.
Lingaa or Rajinikanth with his lieutenants Santhanam and Karunakaran, plans to rob the temple’s precious stones and ornaments but soon realises his grandfather’s legacy in the village and decides to change the villagers’ woes.
With A.R. Rahman’s music, Rathnavelu’s cinematography, the film is produced by Rockline Venkatesh and distributed by Eros International.
While the first half of the film is gripping, the second half vividly drags on. Nonetheless, it is a Rajinikanth’s film and it will go packed for at least a week. Some of the records it is set to create include crossing the box office earnings of “Kaththi” for 2014.
Rajinikanth’s own blockbuster “Endhiran” collected Rs. 11 crore on its opening day four years ago. As Vijay starrer “Kaththi” minted Rs.12.5 crore and remains top film in 2014, “Lingaa” should collect anywhere between Rs. 20 to Rs.25 crore, excluding the collections in its Telugu version.
While advanced booking peaked, many instances of fans resorting to violence in many theatres was reported. Some places have reported the tickets being sold in black at Rs.1,000 but crowds in front of a theatre signify the release of “Lingaa” in those theatres.