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Monday, June 30, 2014

Kochadaiiyan - A Review

Author: Glory Sasikala

Being a confirmed die-hard thalaiva fan, and having never missed even a single movie of his to date, I should have by all rights seen Kochadaiiyan a long while back. But having been to see Endhiran with all fanfare and deciding that while the movie was nice, it wasn’t a Rajni movie, I have been waiting patiently for the next quintessential thalaiva release.  Where he would throw something into the air and gulp it, or pick something up with his feet, or do stuff that defied all scientific rules, and delivered punch lines.."Kanna…”

And so I decided Kochadaiiyan was not authentic thalaiva stuff despite my children and others telling me that the movie was worth watching.

“The movie is good”

“But that’s not a Rajni movie.”

“But it’s his voice!” (that was my daughter, Mona)

“I don’t want his voice.”

“The dialogues, Mamma! Everybody is raving about the dialogues”


However, I do have this habit of wandering into Inox at Citi Center now and then, and on a week day, badly needing a break, I did just that. Kochadaiiyan for the evening show. Got my PP combo, picked up my 3D glasses, and settled down.

Of note, the 3D is really not that necessary – there’s very little 3D in the movie, but yes, Rajni’s name comes at you, all in gold, and one really can’t complain. Not after years of watching those letters go into the screen, nice to see them come at you.

And then was unfolded a perfect Amar Chitra Katha, with kings and queens (not so much) and warriors and treachery and betrayal and palaces and…forbidden love in beautiful gardens.

So refreshing to watch a movie that has not even the slightest tinge of Americana in it! Yes, Rajni’s head does seem slightly dismantled from his body, especially in the beginning, but as the movie goes on, it kind of adjusts itself and feels ok.

I’ve come to associate classical music and dance with Tamil brahmins, as in Tamilnadu, maamis and maamas seem to be so much a part of the package, and my mind did go ‘brahmanical’ when I heard the beautiful melodies accompanied by fluid bharatnatyam movements, but then the songs are amazingly melodious.

Rana the son is namma thalaiva, whose punch dialogues it is that got people talking.

Kochadaiiyan, the father, is a grand guy. He really is. He is every bit a warrior, gracious, lithe and majestic, has an aura and is fit to be a king.

Deepika Padukone as the fearless princess who combats the intruder and in fact overcomes him has a good role to play and does full justice to it.

The bonus and cherry on the cake is that we get to see Nagesh again and his well known mannerisms. Ah…that one was nostalgic, reminding one strongly of the one and only classic Vaithy in “Thilana Mohanambal’

…There is water in this movie…lots of it, beautiful, rippling water, oceans and rivers. There is also darkness in the movie, dark, stormy skies, dungeons, dark palaces…

The movie ends on the hopeful note of a follow-up. And then we get to see behind the scenes, where a totally besotted father Rajni is being bullied and dragged about the way only a precious daughter can get him to. The world might be in awe of the man, but Soundarya certainly has him wound round her little finger.

Well, I, for one, came out quite happy and satisfied, and feeling, “hey! It’s a Rajni movie alright!”

About Glory Sasikala:

Where breathing, writing, living and loving lose their personal identity and present as one, I come from that land... sometimes letting my pen lead me, sometimes leading my pen…’s a Pied Piper’s tune all the way!


  1. Your review makes me want to watch the movie (though i must admit im not such a die hard fan :P ) but its unbelievable not a single cinema here (Delhi) is playing..

    1. And that would be one of the best compliments you could pay me if you go and see the movie because of my review. Thank you so much! :-)

  2. Not much of a movie-goer but might try Kochadaiian, thanks to your endearing tribute to the impossible 'thalaiva'