Years of compulsive movie going gives you this ability to see what's coming.
The moment Rajinikanth started doing wheelies on his bike as the villain took off in a giant balloon with the leading lady, I knew it. "Oh my god, he is going to do it," I tell my friend.
Two frames later, he was speeding away on a hill road as the giant balloon rose from below. And, then he let the bike go and leapt into the air.
Time stops as he pierces through empty space. For a moment, embarrassment gets the better of me as I bury my face in my hands.
Realising that was not helping, I started whistling and the crowd joined in. By the time we were done, Rajini (Actually a computer-generated replica with his face) had flown from the cliff on to the top of the balloon, a la Superman, and finished off the villain in pure Rajini style.
Kalanithi Maran must be lamenting the missed opportunity as Lingaa rakes in crores at the box office, breaking records set by much younger heroes.
Text: N Sundaresha Subramanian, Business Standard