Movie Critics Show Middle Finger to Rajini’s Kuselan

Movie critics are ripping into Rajinikanth’s Kuselan and showing it the middle finger.

No suprise. No surprise.

After all, Kuselan is a piece of trash and an affront to all notions of art.

Here’s a sample of the critical reviews that this Kuselan garbage has received:

Deccan Herald:

It’s a big con to exploit brand Rajni and make a quick buck. He himself gallops in on a flying horse almost half way through the tortuous proceedings. His oneliners and quirks fall flat. If at all we are able to see flashes of the Rajni of yore, it’s towards the dying moments. By then it’s too late.

….Vasu’s work looks like a haircut done with a pair of shears.


The ‘cinema-cinema’ song that was supposed to be the crowning glory celebrating 75 years of cinema in South India and the entry of Rajini into the film passes, leaving no sense of celebration or excitement.

We’re left wondering if the direction went wrong, or was it the music, or was it just bad editing? We still have no clue.

The movie continues with hard to laugh at comedy sequences, badly edited scenes, alien songs that have no place in the screenplay and an overall sense of a thorough waste of time

Kuselan is not a ode to friendship although some have wrongly tried to characterize it as such. Au contraire, it’s an odiously bad crap-show, the likes of which we are mercifully seldom subjected to even in the augean gullies and bylanes of Kollywood.

Friendship, the supposed leitmotif of the movie, never comes to life in Kuselan because the movie, very early on, goes off track into infantile comedy and nauseating refrains about the superstar.


Director P. Vasu’s take on Srinivasan’s Kathaparyumbol attempts to show Rajini in a different light, only with a different screen name….However, in the process, and probably due to the overwhelming presence of the superstar, the delightful story about two friends is regrettably lost.


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, based on friendship between an ordinary barber and a superstar.

Balaji’s Thots:

P.Vasu is one of those directors who is stuck in the past and his movies are painfully old-fashioned. He seems oblivious to the huge advances in moviemaking technology and techniques and sticks to ancient methods. Whether its the comedy, the script, the way he films sequences or the special effects, everything is loud and overt. Even then, the crassness in the film comes as an unpleasant surprise….The vulgarity is not new or worse than that in many other films but sticks out here because of the emotional theme, the presence of Rajni and the fact that it is being called a ‘clean family film’ …

Sure, a few of the above critics also have positive things to say about some aspects of Kuselan but on the whole the reviews taken together suggest that this movie has not found favor with the critics.

Unless you have a lot of time to waste and plenty of money to burn, Rajinikanth’s Kuselan is the kind of movie that deserves to be shown the middle finger.

P.S: There were about 25-30 people in the hall for the 3:00PM screening (on Friday, August 1, 2008) of Kuselan at Multiplex Cinemas (Towne Center), East Windsor (New Jersey). Definitely not a great response.

One Response to "Movie Critics Show Middle Finger to Rajini’s Kuselan"

  1. gandhiji   August 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    hindu’s glowing review.. malathi thinks that vasu and vadivelu are brilliant. (bribed?) i used to trust hindu’s reviews.. now there are many bloggers who provide excellent objective reviews. Responds:

    Forget critics (this class of moviegoers go to a movie usually to pick holes)…even the regular moviegoers don’t seem to be enthralled with Kuselan if media reports from India are accurate.

    The following sentence from the Hindu review boggles the mind: Joining the league of meaningful films that warrant a watch with the family, Kuselan is a colourful treat from Kavithalaya and Seven Arts.

    Malati Rangarajan sounds like an Iyengar and if you go by stereotypes, people of her age (guess, she’s in her 40s or 50s) and caste don’t drink. But we have a suspicion this Iyengar must have been paying obeisance to Bachchus when she wrote the Kuselan review.

    In our view, the serious crisis facing MSM (mainstream media) in the U.S. will be replicated in India too as Internet penetration increases and broadband becomes ubiquitous.

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