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Movie Review: KUSELAN

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Kuselan Movie Review
Kuselan - An ode to friendship and of course Rajinikanth
IndiaGlitz  [Thursday, July 31, 2008]

How many times have you walked out of a theatre emotionally choked up after watching a Rajinikanth film? How many times have you seen Rajinikanth not uttering a punch dialogue in his films?  How many times have you not seen Rajinikanth flexing his muscles and bashing the baddies in his movie?

Watch 'Kuselan', where one can find a completely different Rajinikanth – the real Rajinikanth, the human being. The movie is perhaps an answer to his critics who have been criticizing the actor for doing routine 'commercial masalas'. Thanks to P Vasu, Rajinikanth reinvents himself bringing out the actor within him through this film. One thing is very clear. He has not acted to commercial compulsions.

The movie throws light on the real Rajinikanth, who has been quite a puzzle with millions of his fans. And the star himself answers questions that have been plaguing the minds of millions of his fans. Want to know the answers to why Rajini has not entered politics? Why the superstar often goes to the Himalayas? Why the actor still prefers to work in run-of-the-mill stuff? 

'Kuselan' has got all the answers. With Rajinikanth by his side, P Vasu has come out with a message that is quite though provoking. The usual adage is 'Matha Pitha Guru Deivam'. With 'Kuselan' the adage gets an addition - 'Matha Pitha Guru Nanban Deivam'.

He plays the 'Super Star' himself and does not at any time impose himself on screen. Watching Rajinikanth play the role with consummate ease is like watching Sachin Tendulkar on song at the middle of the crease. It's like listening to Beethoven's symphony sitting under the moonlight. Though the story doesn't revolve around Rajinikanth, he manages to leave his indelible presence on screen. Especially towards the climax, an emotional Rajinikanth identifies his friend recalling their good old innocent days. These are sequences that evoke tears to our eyes bring the human side of each of us to the forefront.

It is a tough task for an actor like Pasupathy to carry the entire burden on his shoulders acting alongside a scene stealer like Rajinikanth. As a poor barber, fighting for survival, he evokes all the sympathy.  Seemingly an extension of his role in 'Veyyil', Pasupathy passes out with flying colors. Hats off to him!

Meena as his caring wife is more of a realistic portrayal. She understands the emotional struggles of her husband and gives him the much needed solace and comfort. She sure manages to get under the skin of her character and has done an extremely good job.

Nayanthara plays herself in the film and executes the job entrusted to her quite well. She plays a heroine in films, who shoots for a movie alongside Rajinikanth. She fulfills the glamour quotient and serves the purpose indeed well. Vadivelu's comedy compliments the script well. His trick to get an audition with Rajinikanth, who is shooting in the village brings down the roof with laughter.

The movie boasts of a huge star cast including Livingston, M S Baskar, Sona, Geetha, Fathima Babu, Brahmanandham, Chinni Jayanth. All have significant parts to play in the film.

Prabhu plays a cameo while a host of stars including Sneha, Soundarya Rajinikanth, Suriya among others appear for the 'Cinema Cinema' song.

Kuselan is about two childhood friends, with one becoming the Numero Uno in the film industry, while the other lands up as a barber in a hamlet.

Balakrishnan alias Bala (Pasupathy) is a poor barber in a village. He leads a happy life with his wife Sreedevi (Meena) and his children, until a film crew lands in their village to shoot for a movie. Coming to know that Super Star Ashok Kumar (Rajinikanth) has come for shooting in the village, and also with the understanding that he is Bala's childhood friend, villagers flock to Bala's house with favors. A man with tremendous self dignity, Bala fears to meet Ashok Kumar thinking that he may not identify him. But, when the two meet after a long gap, the emotional drama between the pals, sets up an emotional 20-minute climax.

Complimenting Vasu's hard work are Arvindh Krishna's excellent cinematography and the brilliant musical score by G V Prakash Kumar. The catchy numbers 'Om zarerare' and 'Cinema Cinema' have especially been captured in an attractive manner by Aravindh Krishna. The background score towards the climax sets up the momentum.

Hats off to director P Vasu! The film-maker, who knows the knack of remaking a Malayalam hit in Tamil, has rendered a movie that has the right packaging of emotions. He has intelligently packaged the movie with commercial elements that a hardcore Rajinikanth fan would love without spoiling the crux.

Produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy and Vijayakumar, 'Kuselan' is a movie that would go down well with Rajinikanth fans and this is a great opportunity to see the real side of this spectacular actor though on celluloid.

Sounds like a drama movie with no bhanda, typical punch dialoags etc....IG have written a good update but since they are the official online partners for Kuselan, I doubts wherever they will write the negative stuff....Ermm 

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suram Goldie

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Thanks for posting the review meli
kadhambari IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 31 July 2008 at 10:00pm | IP Logged
thanx meli kanna,i'm going 2 watch it 2row,lemme see it onscreen
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thx eggs for the review.
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Here comes another review from Sify...it sounds more realistic to read coz they have wrote about the positive and negative sides...Rajini is there only for 36 mins?Shocked...I thought he got longer screentime since it was issue for couple of months ago...Nayan is there with no dialogs?LOL
GP Vijayakumar & Pushpa Kandasamy
GV Prakash Kumar
Rajinikanth, Pasupathy, Nayanthara, Meena, Vadivel
By Moviebuzz
There is an old saying in tinsel town- never try to remake a classic. Rajinikanth's Kuselan is a mixed bag but director P.Vasu has been able to evoke the essence of the original Katha Parayumbol from Malayalam a certain extent. The film tries desperately to glorify Rajinikanth's larger than life superstardom and create a halo around him as a do-gooder and a saint in real life. It loses its focus and moves away from the gist of the original which was a simple story about human emotions with none of the dramatic and mostly exaggerated stuff we're used to seeing, based on friendship between an ordinary barber and a superstar. Still, if you are looking for a clean family movie with some comedy, gloss and sentiments Kuselan makes interesting viewing. Some of the scenes in the film are really amusing 'The scene where Vadivel surreptitiously sneaks into a film set to meet the superstar and after some funny mishaps comes face-to-face with him is brilliantly worked out. The disbelief on Vadivel's face, his body language and the perfect comic timing of Rajinikanth, is a rocker of a scene. The way Sunder Rajan character in the film pins down the elusive Rajinikanth and provokes him by needling him with questions regarding his personal life, Himalayan sojourns, politics and style has been worked out well by the director. The sharp and scathing replies of Rajini are a revelation as he answers all your long standing queries with a lot of wit and tact. It looked like a "everything you always wanted to know about Rajinikanth but was too afraid to ask"! The film tries to work on a new theme Mata Pita Guru Nanban and to eulogize friendship above everything else. The story written by Sreenivasan is inspired by the mythological story of friendship between Kuselan and Lord Krishna. Vasu has added commercial elements like a glamorous Nayanthara playing herself for the songs with the superstar. She has no dialogues in the film and is there just for the glamour quotient and songs! Vadivel and an army of comedians Santhanam, Livingston, M.S Bhaskar, Brahmanandam, Chinni Jayanth is there to keep the laughter pot boiling. Prabhu, plays the role of an irrelevant security guard to the superstar and Meena and three kids for ladies sentiments. The idea was clear that Vasu was trying to make the film palatable to mass audiences. The songs of G.V Prakash are quite hummable, but picturisation of the much hyped Cinema Cinema' is disappointing. Aravind Krishna's camera is serviceable though it voyeurs on Nayanthara's contours. She looks cute in the Chaaral' song but it stands out like a sore thumb as the director has inserted the song which has absolutely no relevance to the story or situation. Rajinikanth towers above all others, especially in the climax scene where there is a lot of melodrama and human emotions are well etched out. Pasupathy has a constipated look throughout. Meena just repeats her Malayalam performance. Vadivel has his moments in the film, though at times his scenes with Sona is a bit crass and below the belt. Kuselan is quite an enjoyable watch and different from previous Rajinikanth films. The star appears in roughly 36 minutes on the screen, which may not satisfy his die-hard fans. The film has to be taken in a different perspective with its touching climax that is engaging and leaves a lump in your throat. You're going to hear different reactions to this Rajnikanth movie. Many are going to love it, while for some others it will inevitably fall short of expectations.

Verdict- Above Average

Edited by meli - 01 August 2008 at 5:31am
kadhambari IF-Rockerz

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thanx again daa
Dits Goldie

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Posted: 02 August 2008 at 7:50am | IP Logged
Lovely...am so glad tht they have maintained the original story. TongueI just hope the fact tht Rajni fans have very little cheer about in the movie doesn't afefct it's collections.
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thanks meli for the double review

Sify one sounds to be true, thats what people who have  watched r saying

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