My Take on Rajnikanth’s Kuselan
When I came out watching Chandramukhi, my mind kept on telling me – Malayalam version was far better than Tamil version. But today I couldn’t make a distinction. If you take out Nayanthara from Kuselan I felt Kuselan was little better than its Malayalam version.
Even though Rajnikanth comes on screen only for less than an hour, he is invisibly present in each frame of the movie after his introduction. Having watched lot of his movies it is a totally different experience watching him in this movie. Can we think of a Rajni movie without a fight or a punch dialogue? For millions of his die hard fans he is a living God but through this movie he wants to remind his fans how he is just one among us with the same feelings. Arguably the only superstar among superstars in Indian cinema, he wants to portray the human being in him.
There is no doubt that story written by Srinivasan is a great one but all credits to G Vasu, the director of Kuselan for making few changes to supporting characters especially one played by Vadivelu to suit the taste of the Tamil audience.
After seeing movie Veyil I had become a great fan of Pasupathy. With this movie my respect for him as an actor has grown leap and bounds. Typically when you come out watching a Rajni movie we remember only Rajni but in this movie definitely images of Pasupathy are on your mind along with Rajni when you leave the theatre. Rarely does one get a chance to have a role more important than Rajni in a movie and Pasupathy has fully utilized that chance.
Meena was just mind boggling. Her acting was so natural that there are no words to describe her performance. She did the same role in the Malayalam version also. I felt that she was literally living that role of Sridevi. Vadivelu as usual keeps us entertained throughout the length of the movie with his comedy.
Only negative in that whole movie – Nayanthara – supposed to be heroine to Rajnkanth in this movie. This character was not there in the original version. If Silk Smitha was alive today, she could have definitely got scared after watching Nayanthara in this movie, since Nayanthara has snatched all the roles tailor-made for Silk Smitha. Minimum dress and maximum exposure was the mantra of Nayanthara in the whole movie.
I am not an expert in music and so not commenting on the music of the movie. In two songs Rajnikanth makes his appearance and both are well taken. The song involving Pasupathy, Meena and their kids stands out compared to other songs with respect to picturization.
If you “ADORE” Rajnikanth you will love this movie even though he makes his appearance for less than one hour. He is opening up his heart and mind for his die hard fans in that one hour. If you watch Rajnikanth movie for his heroic performance, then this movie is not for you. Better don’t waste your time, you will be totally disappointed. If you want to see a good Tamil movie with sentiments, comedy and masala, then this movie is for you. I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed at all.