Direction : P. Vasu
Production : Trident Arts
Starring : Raghava Lawrence, Ritika Singh, Shakthi, Vadivelu
Music : S. S. Thaman
Cinematography : Sarvesh Murari
Editing : Suresh Urs
Following the grand success of Chandramukhi, P Vasu returns back to supernatural thriller with the film ‘Shivalinga’, which happens to be the remake of his very own last year Kannada hit movie with same title. The film stars Raghava Lawrence, Ritika Singh and Vadivelu in lead roles.
When a Muslim cook Rahim (Sakthi) is mysteriously killed by an unknown person during train journey, his girlfriend pleads CBCID department to reopen the case feeling that it could not be a suicide as reported by police department, but a murder. The case is handed over to CBCID officer Shiva Lingeshwaran (Raghava Lawrence), who is married to Ritika Singh now. Sooner as the investigation begins, his wife starts witnessing paranormal activities at their new home and indeed becomes a victim.
It looks like P Vasu wanted to satisfy the fans of Raghava Lawrence and thus decided to make some alterations in the script that includes the opening introduction and of course the final moments of the film. In fact, the climax alone turns out to be a major disappointment, where it completely differs from the original version, which was far better and more convincing. The climax here turns out to be more illogical and it somewhere makes the entire film’s gripping moment get diminished. When it comes to commercial elements, the film has the dosage in plenty with mix of horror and humour. Moreover, it’s a strong comeback by Vadivelu, which is more enjoyable throughout the show. In fact, we get to see him back with a bang after many years. The screenplay has been narrated with engaging moments, especially in the second half, except the above mentioned climax.
When it comes to technical quotients, the songs turn out to be a major disappointment. In accordance to satisfy the Raghava Lawrence fans, they have come up with fast beat numbers, which affects the supernatural and eerie feel of the movie. Cinematography and editing are okay. The CG works for the last song before climax titled ‘Shiva Linga’ has been creatively done.
Having said that the protagonist is a CBCID officer, it looks slightly illogical and inappropriate with Raghava Lawrence. His mannerisms of appearing like a mass hero don’t befit here, but then it’s commercial movie. This is a movie that is supposed to feature him in underplayed role just like Rajinikanth does it in Chandramukhi. But during most of the scenes, he has the self-aggrandizing appeal. Ritika Singh tries to do justice to her role, but again looks more Tomboyish in many places, where it again could be the Telugu remake of Irudhi Suttru, which possesses her ardently not letting her gain more feminine attitude. The only showstoppers of this movie are Sakthi and Vadivelu. While Vadivelu keeps us tickled with funny bones throughout the film, Sakthi offers a stupendous performance, where he overshadows Raghava Lawrence in many places. In fact, this could be the only reason why Raghava would have insisted P Vasu to change the climax so that he could be a show stealer, which in turns becomes a huge disappointment. Others in the cast – Radharavi, Jayaprakash, Santhana Bharathi, Oorvasi, Bhanupriya and others have done justice to their roles.
Comedy episodes of Vadivelu
Performance of Sakthi, Raghava Lawrence and Ritika Singh
What doesn’t work?
Although the film has a time worn plot, it doesn’t bore you out anywhere. If the investigation process of the protagonist was made yet more gripping with a substantial climax, the film would have been yet more engrossing.
Verdict : You can watch it for the strong comeback of Vadivelu and Sakthi performance.
Rating : 4.5/10
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