I went in to watch the new Rajinikanth movie with a lot of expectations. Not having watched his more recent movies, this one held a special place for me. Watching Rajinikanth films have always been a family occasion for me, where around 15 brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents, uncles and aunties got together to see the superstar in action. This time around, I watched it with a bunch of French friends in a theatre in Paris and was excited to show them what Rajini is all about. But I walked out the theatre with mixed feelings.
The movie started off slow and after the first hour, left me wondering how I would sit through the next two hours of the film. The second half of the film runs a lot smoother and you finally get the feeling that the story is moving forward. The atmosphere at Le Grand Rex was electrifying. The grand actor deserved the grand setting and the crowd went crazy even before the movie began, something I did not expect would happen in a theatre in Paris. Even the bouncers at the theatre who tried asking some cine-goers to quiet down could not dampen the spirit of those who had come to watch the film.