thanks to An Jo..
Handling a super-star beast like Rajnikanth isn’t an easy task. You tame this beast, and it can do some great things. The ‘actor’ in Rajnikanth might have had branches in the form of excellent K Balachander’s movies or even the remakes of Amitabh Bachchan’s super-hits that adorn his super-stardom down south but the roots that make him what he is to his fans are and will continue to be his insane fan-fare thanks to his, in today’s lingo, ‘SWAG.’ . If he tries to break-away from the carefully cultivated image his fans have of him, he is actually cutting off his roots. And that, no super-star, however big — or however powerful an actor might lie within [read Amitabh Bachchan] – can afford – at least in this country. Shankar successfully capitalized and extracted what-ever was needed out of Rajnikanth’s stardom and made a cunningly smart film in ROBOT, where, he ensured the stardom served the film’s greater interests while still garnishing the film with Rajnikanth’s mannerisms and antics that form the magnet to his multitude of Tamil fans. Pa. Ranjith, who gave us the superior MADRAS [a film all about Dalits without ever mentioning the D-word], alas, struggles and fails massively at this soul-struggle of a film. He surely has lost the battle between Rajnikanth the super-star or/and Kabali the film – HIS film. Continue reading