16 at 60. I mean, HOW?!! Everything fails when it comes to describing the Superstar fever that’s gripped every soul possible. A phenomenon in the truest sense, Rajinikanth, from splitting a bullet into two with another bullet, lighting a matchstick with his mere gaze and making a knife rotate 360 degrees in thin air for five mins flat, we’ve seen it all and yet, instead of detesting them as acts that would make Einstein roll in his grave we’ve chosen to embrace the fact that only Rajinikanth can perform such deeds and still manage to leave people agog with its sheer awesome-ness! Endhiran (swoons!) was no different at all! This movie, I can state, is nothing short of resplendent. This movie arrived and HOW! I remember seeing someone on TV tonsure his head and dedicate his hair in true Thirupathi manner to the idol he venerated , Rajinikanth. And another person fasting for days together to make sure his Thalaivar’s movie is a massive hit. Only him I tell you, only him!
So, here I was sitting at home the day before its release thinking about how I’m going get the first day tickets because I already had tickets for tuesday and it was a conscious decision to leave the first three days for the frenzied fanatics of Rajini land thinking it was gonna be the same as the good ol’ Baasha days when a girl couldn’t possibly make it in one piece if she was anywhere near the FDFS celebrating theaters. And now I get to hear about a parallel world in Chennai, with girls throwing paper bits sitting in the first three rows and the boys wondering if they should do something to save their grace. Sigh* Times I say! 🙂 ( How easily I can detract from where I was! Gah!) So, 12:30 am, thinking about all the people who annoyed me with FDFS tickets, there I was putting trashy plans with Eli (My vertically/horizontally challenged fun movie lover friend) with sincere effort. And finally, we got tickets at PVR first day! Yaey! 😀 It’s onlyyyy thanks to VK and TS (our Chinmaya cronies) who got us in and HOW! 😀 ( I am aware I am using too many ‘HOWS!’ at the moment but it’s all because of the outright brilliance of that day! -> So, wth!) We even got better seats, thanks muchos to VK 🙂 And it began, the movie, I really am lost as to where to begin, I was hoping for the usual massive five-minutes-into-the-movie intro and the Annamalai ‘SUPERSTAR RAJINI’ BGM and was pleasantly surprised to hear a techno jazz type-ish BGM and see him in the very first scene on screen! It’ll take some time getting used to changes like these. The songs (especially ‘Irumbile Oru Idhaiyam’ and ‘Kaadhal Anukal’), the train fight, ‘Who is that Chellaatha?’, the dance showcase, 35 going on 25 Ash, abused Merc, the return of Alex Pandiyan Rajini and of course ‘Who is the black sheep?’ Meehhh! (Slam you villains!) were what that ran through my mind loopless. It was on par with any techy hollywood movie that you’ve come across. So, with Shankar at the helm, Ash sharing screen space, ARR’s tunes, Pookuty’s design sound and all the high funda firangi technicians, at the end it’s Rajini being the exhaustive genius that he is, who makes it colossally epic.
As he popularly quotes in Padayappa, ‘..indha thani aalukaaga uyire kuduka ethana aalunga irukaangannu konjam etttti paaru’, sure enough he’s leading the way with the rest of the world behind him. A manifestation of dynamism and an establishment of legendary charisma, a true SUPERSTAR he will forever be! 🙂