Lingaa (Rajinikanth) is a happy-go-lucky man and a small time thief. One fine day, Lakshmi (Anushka) from Public TV meets Lingaa and asks him to open an ancient temple which was built by his grandfather, Raja Lingeswaran. But Lingaa rejects Lakshmi’s proposal as he does not want to know about his grandfather who has left him in poverty.
After some days, Lingaa was caught by police in a robbery scam. To escape from the police, Lingaa accepts the proposal of Lakshmi and goes to his native village with Lakshmi.
Lingaa comes to know that his grandfather Raja Lingeswaran has a dream to build a dam and he builds it solving the vital problems in the village, water and agriculture and many other problems. Raja Lingeswaran aim is to save the dam.
Will young Rajini saves the dam and how he saves it? What is the story behind the temple? Forms the rest of the story.
Rajinikanth’s performance is stimulating. Rajini performed the train stunt with self-possession and ease. The King Lingeswaran has really stole the show; and with that your hearts too.
Sonakshi Sinha looks good as the village belle and does her role sincerely. She added spice to the movie with her wonderful performance. Especially a number with Sonakshi Sinha is just rocking. Anushka looks trendy in fashionable costumes. Remaining cast of the film performed well in their supportive roles.
Rajini’s is biggest asset of the film. His one-liners and punchy dialogues are really rocking. The power of punches hasn’t faded in him. His stunt sequences are rocking and especially the train fight is just amazing. Thanks to Hollywood stunt master Lee Whitaker who superbly composed the fight; and Rajini performed the train stunt with self-possession and ease.
Costumes of Raja Lingeswaran were excellent and kudos to the costume designer Photography has captured the pre-independent era and is good.
Minus Points: The storyline has a powerful theme. Yet it was dragging at places where Rajini’s presence isn’t there. Re-recording is pretty bad.
Analysis: The entire movie was carried on the shoulders of Rajini and his one-liners and punches. Camerawork is superb and especially all the scenes which showcase the dam construction have been shot nicely.