Cast: Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha
Direction: KS Ravikumar
Producer: Rockline Venkatesh
Banner: Rockline Entertainments, Eros International
Music: AR Rahman
Genre: Action, Thriller
Run Time: 174 Mins
Release Date: 12 Dec 2014
Superstar Rajinikanth is back to rock the big screens with Lingaa, directed by KS Ravikumar. After the below par show with ‘Kochadaiyaan’, which is actually India’s first ever motion capture movie, superstar comes with strong socio commercial drama ‘Lingaa’. This movie presented by Vendhar Movies, is produced by Munirathna and Rockline Venkatesh and has music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Randy aka Rathnavelu. Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka play Superstar’s heroines and are supported by an able and ensemble cast.
The movie opens to an engineer (Ponvannan) surveying a dam with the whole village of Solaiyur looking on. The village headman Karunakaran (K. Vishwanath) and the area’s Member of Parliament (Jagapathi Babu) are also among the onlookers. That same night, the engineer is murdered and just before he passes away, he asks the elderly Karunakaran to open the Shiva temple located close to the dam. The engineer’s death is believed to be an accident by the villagers. The temple has remained locked for over 70 years and when the villagers ask Karunakaran permission to open it, he reveals that according to his father’s oath, only a successor of Raja Lingeshwaran should open it. He sends out emissaries to different parts of the country to search and find Raja Lingeshwaran’s only remaining successor – his grandson (Rajinikanth). However, hating his grandfather for not leaving him any wealth, the grandson – who has also been named Lingeshwaran, has shortened his name to Linga and is a petty thief, who steals small objects along with his gang (Santhanam, Karunakaran, Balaji), for a living. Linga and his friends are caught by the Police and are in jail, when an unknown lady reporter – Lakshmi (Anushka) comes and rescues them. Lakshmi reveals that she is from the village of Solaiyur and wants Linga to come to the village, to reopen the temple. Though reluctant at first, Linga and his friends go to the village, to escape from the Police.
On reaching the village, Linga learns that the Lord Shiva sculpture in the temple is made of a rare precious stone and plans to steal it and settle down for life. It is here that he learns of his grandfather – Raja Lingeshwaran (Rajinikanth). Lingeshwaran, also a Cambridge graduated engineer, first came to the village of Solaiyur as a Collector, in the British era. On learning that the farmers of this village and the surrounding villages are facing severe floods for 3 months and complete drought for the remaining 9 months, he appeals to the British government to help build a dam in Solaiyur. His fellow British collectors and their chief ridicule him and refuse to help construct the dam. He resigns as a Collector and takes up the construction of the dam on his own. Being a very rich Maharaja, he puts in his own money and goes about constructing the dam with the help of the villagers (Radha Ravi, Vijayakumar, R. Sundarrajan, Sonakshi Sinha and many others), much to the chagrin of the Britishers, especially Collector Hunter. In an unfortunate turn of events. just when the dam is nearing completion and there are torrential rains endangering the dam and the village, Linga is forced to seek Collector Hunter’s help. Hunter puts forth some conditions, sticking to which Raja Lingeshwaran loses all his wealth and is also disgraced by the villagers. The angry villagers chase him out of the village, asking him never to return again. What were the conditions put forth by the Britisher? Why did Raja Lingeshwaran lose all his wealth? What happens to the dam? Why are the villagers angry with Raja Lingeshwaran? What plans does the corrupt MP have for the present day dam? Watch Lingaa on the big screens to know…