Film: Sivaji 3D
Director: S. Shankar; Cast: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Suman and Vivekh
Rating: Three and a half stars
Watching superstar Rajinikanth sizzle on screen despite how cliched it appears, as some may call it, is an experience worth a million smiles and the thumping of as many hearts.
Now, watching him recreate the magic in 3D, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Released five years after its original release in 2007, "Sivaji 3D", with shorter running time, cut down by half an hour, is highly entertaining and three times visually enthralling.
Rajinikanth plays a US-returned software systems architect in the film, named Sivaji, with the sole purpose to give something back to the society. He aspires to build a charitable trust through which he wants to set up schools and hospitals for the underprivileged.
However, he's faced with illegitimate and corrupt government officials demanding bribe at every juncture. To add to the woes, he earns the wrath of a local, well-reputed businessman Adiseshan, played by Suman, who becomes his biggest obstacle.
The rest of the story is about one man's fight against corruption to create an equitable society in true 'Rajini' style.
The impeccable conversion from 2D to 3D is truly amazing and at par with Hollywood standards. All those who've always cribbed about the poorly executed Indian 3D films should not miss "Sivaji 3D" at any cost. Had it not been for the successful collaboration between AVM productions, Prasad EFX and Real Image, this visual wonder wouldn't have been possible.
The opening song "Balleilakka", featuring Nayanthara, is a treat to watch and so are scenes involving Shriya, who appears prettier. It doesn't matter if you're a Rajini fan or not, you're sure to leave the theatre with a sore throat from all the hooting and cheering.
Tharani's sets come alive in 3D, while K.V. Anand's cinematography, originally done using 4k scan, a very high video format resolution, has certainly helped the film look superior in the converted version.
And to top it all, you have moments of 'Rajinism' that you can celebrate with everybody. Be it his trademark walk or the dialogues that he mouths with ease and style or, even scenes where he pounds baddies to pulp with one punch may appear cliched, yet entertaining.
And all this happens just few inches away from your eyes and probably with a wave of the hand; you might probably touch the superstar.
Finally, to watch the film in Dolby Atmos, an object-based audio platform, will truly give the audiences a life-like, sensory experience. With "Sivaji 3D", the Tamil film industry is sure to garner a lot of attention from the rest of the world.
But the biggest question that needs answering is will "Sivaji 3D" pave the way to the re-conversion of many successful films into 3D? If yes, how many will succeed in the process?