The Magic of Sivaji


I am not the type who goes to a movie in the first week of its opening. But the hype created in the print media, FM and the TV created an urge to go to Sivaji.

Two days before the release of the movie TV Channels like CNN IBN and Headlines Today were having editions on Sivaji running for 2 hours with live coverage of interviews with the fans spread across the metros. I found Rajni also has fans in Lucknow who was arguing in favour of Rajni. A college student at Mumbai, in spite of not knowing Thamizh recited the dialogue “Naan oru thadavai sonna nooru thadavai sonna mathiri” from Basha

FM channels were interviewing the technicians and the actors who acted in Sivaji, who all in the same tone appreciated Rajni for his humility, courteous behaviour with fellow artists and technicians and his acting ability, while Shankar, director has gone on a holiday to Canada with his family. These channels also conducted SMS contest with questions like ” Who is the hero of Sivaji ? Rajni or Kamal. The lucky winners who gave the correct answers were given 2 free tickets for Sivaji on first day.

Newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times and New Indian Express carried reports on “First Day, First Show”. ET covered in its Madras Plus edition the celebrity preview at Satyam Cinema with color photos of celebrities who had come to watch Sivaji at Satyam Cinema on Thursday which included Sridevi and her daughter. Photographs of Rajni fans doing Paalabhishekam to their Thalaivar cut outs and a Rajni rasikar kissing the cutout and police controlling the crowd at the theatres appeared in the print media.

When a cousin offered tickets for the night show on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at Devi Complex. I grabbed the opportunity inspite of Monday being a working day. After a long time, I am going to Devi Theatre which welcomed us with the sign board ” Renovation under progress and Patrons are requested to bear with the Management”. (What a well maintained theatre complex it was during the 70s and 80s . Presently the theatre is badly maintained).


There was a huge gathering in the theatre with excitement writ large in their faces to watch the much hyped film “Sivaji”. Once the main gate was opened everyone rushed to occupy their seat, giving little or no time for the theatre staff to clean the theatre.

The movie started with the trailer of Sultan, a forthcoming animation film featuring Rajni as the hero. The theatre claims to have Dolby Stereo – Surround EX system . But the sound system was bland without the sound effects that you experience in Satyam or Mayajaal.

As the movie started there was a mood of ecstasy in the theatre with the fans whistling and shouting and throwing papers towards the screen. One person sitting back of me was shouting for more sound which went unheeded. Everything in the movie was grand, the sets, the songs, the music and the photography. Sujatha has compromised to write dialogues like ” Panninga kootama varum, singam singleaa thaan varum” (The pigs come in group whereas the lion comes alone) in one scene where the villain’s errand boys attack Rajni and Rajni beats them all single handedly. When Rajni loses all his property and money, with one rupee in his hand, there was dead silence in the theatre.

When Rajni regains his riches, the crowd goes into rapture. The fans get elated when Rajni pops a chewing gum into his mouth, and swings the coin horizontally twice and makes it land in his shirt pocket or trouser pocket. The crowd cheers during the fight sequence in an Open Air Theatre screening KingKong and at the Binny Mills.

When Rajni dies in the jail of electric shock, the fans are not shocked as they are confident that he will rise like a phoenix from ashes. Though Rajni is dead for some time, Dr Raghuvaran revives him by using defibrillator in an ambulance. Sivaji dies and MGR , an NRI friend of Sivaji arrives in helicopter and also known as Mottai Boss. But the villain Aadiseshan and the audience knows that MGR is Sivaji.

Sivaji has all the ingredients of a Shankar movie and Rajni movie. Incidents happen so fast and it does not allow you to think on various events that take place in the movie. One gets engrossed in the movie till the end and you are taken by surprise on the scale of events that unfold during the three hours and five minutes. Rajni fans have got what they wanted and they will repeatedly see the movie and the distributors will rake in the profits.

When I came out, I asked my son how was the movie. He said any number of times this movie can be seen. That is the magic of Rajnikanth.

As we came out of the theatre at about 1.30 AM, there was drizzling and I could see people standing in queues for making current booking for the shows of next day and advance booking. I can’t imagine people standing in queues at 1.30 AM for purchase of ticket in the counter that opens at 08.30 A M or 9.00 A M. Then I remembered a report which said that the tickets for Sivaji are being sold in black at Rs 1500 to Rs 1700.

13 Comments so far

  1. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    //When I came out, I asked my son how was the movie. He said any number of times this movie can be seen. That is the magic of Rajnikanth.

    அது !!

  2. Krishna (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    Having revealed some of the twists(however minor they may be) in the movie, A Spoiler Warning would help folks who have not yet seen the movie.

  3. Vidhya (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 7:08 am

    Rajni fan or not, its hard not to get sucked in by the sheer opulence of the sets and his styles. Its the movie going experience added to the drama of it which attracts millions of fans. Plus, nobody can deliver a movie full of cliches and fluff as stylishly as Rajni and come out smelling like roses!

  4. Krishnan (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 10:48 am

    I saw the movie in Telugu (unfortunately there was only one show ina day in Tamil in Hyderabad)on the first day last show. The rates in the black market for this show was 2500/- and the rates for first(8:45am) and the second shows(12:00pm) were 9000/-.

  5. MVP (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    //”When I came out, I asked my son how was the movie. He said any number of times this movie can be seen. That is the magic of Rajnikanth//

    kids today are ready to watch the violent bloody cartoons on JETix for hrs and hrs.. does that mean, its good :)

    btw: நான் இதுவரைக்கும் ரெண்டு தடவை சிவாஜி பார்த்தாச்சு :)

  6. tsk tsk (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:38 am



  7. suppamani (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 5:56 am

    It seems you are lucky to get the tickets so soon; but you have not mentioned at what rate you have bought the ticket; is it a secret?

  8. beachsundal (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    வெருப்பேத்தாதீங்க பா எல்லரும், சிங்கபூரிலிருந்துகிட்டு சிவாஜி படத்தோட போஸ்டரக்கூட நான் இன்னும் பார்க்கல. படம் சும்மா பிச்சுகிட்டு ஓடுது!!!

  9. shanmugapriya (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Hysteria? Mayhem? Bedlam? Mania? Chennai woke up on the morning of Friday the 15th June to witness a completely alien experience. The initiated Chennaites were sharing emotions of excitement while the rest were sulking out of jealousy. The uninitiated were clueless grappling to piece the jigsaw together. This mania did not spare me either, both as a Rajni fan as well as being the RJ of Chennai’s most popular breakfast show on FM Radio.

  10. Rasu (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    Logic Magic.

    Vikatan rating 41/100

  11. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Kumudam rating 46

  12. Ram (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    Can anyone please find out when its gonna be released in Tokyo?


    Waiting Eagerly for it…

  13. rajab (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    whr is ppl.. v can avoid all this loooooooong queues and wasting of time.. entertainment in a better way.. i liked mottai.. chumma adhurudu la.. :D

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