Story & Narration
Technical Aspects and Music
Archetypal Horror Comedy
Sivalinga is yet another addition to the numerous crop of horror comedies that are coming up from Tamil cinema at this juncture. P. Vasu does have some spicy sequences, but the effect is marred due to the gore and the overall loudness. Nevertheless, it has high chances to click with the masses thanks to its packaging which will please the front benchers.
Cast: Lawrence, Ritika Singh, Shakthi, Vadivelu, Bhanupriya & others
Cinematography: Sarvesh Murari
Editing: Suresh Urs
Stunts: Mass Madha & Thalapathy Dinesh
Written & Directed by: P Vasu
Produced by: Trident Arts
Distribution: Across Films
Release Date: 14-04-2017
Run Time: 02:36:00
P.Vasu’s Chandramukhi is one of the biggest blockbusters to grace Kollywood. The film not only began a revolution of horror comedies down south, but did it provide evergreen entertainment for one and all. Now in 2017, the director brings us Sivalinga, which is infact a low-cost version of Chandramukhi with peppered changes here and there. What’s amusing about this one, is that the film is a remake of the Kannada film of the same name.
Sivalinga features Raghava Lawrence, Ritika Singh and Sakthivel Vasu in the top three roles, with ace comedian Vadivelu coming in for the laughter department. The film travels across a similar path as Chandramukhi, as it is not too hard for the average moviegoer to draw lines between the two. Vasu keeps the entertainment value at a bare minimum in the first half, taking his own sweet time to establish the characters and the crux. It is only in the second half where the film takes its turns, and gets onto the story leading to the elaborate climax which features almost every single cast from the sheet.
On the casting side for starters, Sivalinga is more like a self-propaganda for Raghava Lawrence, who keeps reinstating two things – on how he is a Thalaivar fan, and on how he is the darling of the masses for whom nothing is impossible. More than showcasing his acting talent, which he got to do in his own Muni series, he is busy here styling away to spotlight. In an otherwise pedestrian cast with Vadivelu’s comics going on and off, it is Ritika Singh who bags some scope. Not only does she fit into the shoes of a mainstream commercial film heroine, but she also gets most of her lines right and dances like a dream as well.
Sivalinga sure needed a better tech team. While the cinematography are the artwork are adequate, the editing suffers from abrupt cuts which bite the continuity. Barring the hit number Rangurakkara, Thaman’s music is just on the line.
Toting up, Sivalinga is yet another addition to the numerous crop of horror comedies that are coming up from Tamil cinema at this juncture. P. Vasu does have some spicy sequences, but the effect is marred due to the gore and the overall loudness. Nevertheless, the film is more like the fourth instalment in the Muni series. It has nothing special, but has high chances to click with the masses thanks to its packaging which will please the front benchers.