Ghajinikanth Review: Interesting premise wasted by dull writing

first_imgIn Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, the name of the hero was kept a secret all through the film and was revealed to be ‘Rajinikanth’ towards the end, and it invoked a sense of intrigue and surprise. The name was out of place in a film that was trying to be that intense.But Ghajinkanth is the type of film where the hero can be named Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan or Sivaji Ganesan or Suruli Rajan, yet it won’t matter much. The whole point is to not take anything seriously in a film which takes itself so lightly. So, even if a dark-skinned boy is shamed for his colour, or if a maid is treated as a sub-human being, one should be a sport and not complain.Rajini Ramanathan is an ardent fan of Superstar and names his son Rajinikanth. Apart from everything else, the son also inherits his dad’s love for the Tamil actor. But Rajinikanth has one problem – a severe case of memory loss. He forgets things in a short span of time, reminding us of Suriya’s film Ghajini. Hence, the title Ghajinikanth.When his dad expects his son to be kickass like Baasha Rajini, he ends up being Dharmathin Thalaivan Rajini and it is funny when Ramanathan laments the same. However, a larger part of the comedy doesn’t work in the film, ironically directed by Santhosh P Jayakumar, who is riding on the success of the adult comedies (Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu and Hara Hara Mahadevki).advertisementSo, Ghajinikanth meets his love Vandana (Sayyeshaa), the shockingly gullible fair-skinned Tamil heroine who instantly approves of the flat-earth theory if it were to come from the hero. He hides his problem to make Vandana fall in love with him. His crimes vary from harmless lies to criminally offensive impersonation. But he has to convince Vandana’s father, who knows the truth, to accept their relationship.Amid all these, there is this one-dimensional villain, a police officer who is obsessed with Vandana. He has been written just for the sole purpose of a climax fight and to act as a truth-dispensing machine.Arya, though does very little in terms of acting, is convincing as an annoying and irresponsible bloke. We get a bit of surprise from Sayyeshaa, who takes her lines seriously and mouths her dialogues well. Her right expressions suggest that she is not clueless and is in the know of the proceedings of the film. But it is also a pointer of how less is expected of a heroine in Tamil cinema.ALSO READ: Will Arya’s Ghajinikanth work at the box office?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep songlast_img read more

Exciting Finish To Deciding Matches

first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland’s Men’s 40’s player-coach Scott Notley thought his team did not stand a chance against New South Wales in the State of Origin series.Well, Notley was celebrating a series win after his group of Queenslanders won the deciding match 7-6.Down by one at half-time, Queensland scored four touchdowns to two in the second half to help them collect their first Men’s 40s series in a decade.“I was very proud of the boys’ effort,” Notley said. “The boys dug deep.“We lost the first one so the second game was do-or-die but we won it, and we had a bit of momentum.”It was Queensland’s fourth division win of the State of Origin series but New South Wales soon claimed their fifth division of 2012 with a nail-biting win in the Men’s 30s.After two intense matches, New South Wales and Queensland left nothing in the tank at the end of the third game.The match went touchdown-for-touchdown and they could not be separated at half-time.The second half saw both sides show their attacking skills and produced sensational touchdowns.Shannon Warren scored a double for New South Wales while his teammate Elijah Van Der Kwast scored five touchdowns in the deciding match.Queensland’s John Andrews bagged four but it wasn’t enough as New South Wales won the game 10-8 and the division 2-1.New South Wales made it a clean sweep in the Women’s 20s’ with a 6-3 victory in the third game. Emma Tonegato scoring two touchdowns for the Blues.Having wrapped up the Men’s 50s division, Queensland were looking at making it 3-0.However, New South Wales had something to say about that and came out firing in the opening stages.They took a 5-3 lead into half-time and marched on in the second half to win 8-4.In the Men’s 45’s, New South Wales claimed a 3-0 division win following their 6-2 victory in the third match.Graham Beale scoring two touchdowns in the final game.Only one touchdown separated Queensland and New South Wales in the first two matches of the Women’s 30s, but it was not the case in the dead-rubber.Having already won the series, Queensland came out and dominated New South Wales in the first half by scoring four touchdowns to one.They went on to win the match 6-3.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – Football Australia’s YouTube channel – Related LinksState of Origin game threelast_img read more