By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: The first poster of Rajinikanth’s new film Lingaa is out. And it’s Rajinikanth all the way, and not only in the first look. Sources close to the project from Chennai say the entire focus of the publicity is going to be only Rajinikanth
“His fans are very angry and upset with his last release Kochadaiyaan. They felt cheated and betrayed. They had gone to see their super-hero. Instead they got to see an animation figure of Rajini,” says the source, adding that an emergency meeting was arranged after the Kochadaiyaan debacle.
“It was decided by Rajinikant’s close associates that the next film will be a typical Rajinikanth film. An out-and-out masala flick designed to give the mega-star’s fans a run for their money,” says the source.
Apparently the stunts have all been done “in the typical Rajini style with no special effects.”
However a body-double has been used for the more intricate stunts.
As for Sonakshi Sinha, her fans are in for a disappointment. One of Bollywood’s hottest female actors of Bollywood Sonakshi according to sources “has very little to do”.
Says the source, “There are two separate halves to the plot. In one-half Rajinikant is with Anushka Shetty. In the other half she is with Sonakshi. And even there she doesn’t have much of a role.”
She is also not expected to promote the film, as she will be focusing on the promotion and release of her next Hindi film Action Jackson where again the focus in the publicity and the film is on the leading man.
Interestingly, Sonakshi has explicitly stated that commercial success is her top priority. Be it Salman Khan in Dabangg, Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathod or Shahid Kapoor in R Rajkumar, Sonakshi doesn’t mind taking a secondary place vis-à-vis the hero. To that extent, she can prepare herself for two more big hits Lingaa and Action Jackson in the next four months.
And never mind the length of her role.