Shivalinga: An Old Formula Packaged In Flashy Wrapping Paper
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
When you string along bits and pieces of an old formula and present it with a slightly new cover, you get a predictable, stereotypical and repetitive film that is best known to the world as Shivalinga. It looks like Director Vasu and Actor Lawrence got together and literally decided to weave a tale by borrowing elements from their blockbuster horror films. Even though they try to trick you with a new packaging, the old formula that is present inside is unbearably predictable and boring.
Shivalingesh (Raghava Lawrence), a CBCID officer is the crime branch’s go to sleuth when it comes to solving unsolvable cases. So, when a man’s mysterious death is about to be written off by the Railway police officials as Train suicide, Shivalingesh get’s called in to investigate the unnatural circumstance surrounding his death.
As the proceedings of his investigation unravel, Shiva learns that the spirit of the dead man has possessed his newly wedded wife. In order for him to save his wife, he must get to the bottom of this investigation before it becomes too late.
There is nothing surprising or intriguing about P.Vasu’s Shivalinga. In fact, the script’s apparent resemblance to Vasu’s Chandramukhi and Lawrence’s Muni just does damage to the veteran director’s credibility. As clichéd hero building dialogues make their way into the first fifteen minutes, you realize you are in for a long, repetitive and uncomfortable experience. Sure, Shivalinga is no where nearly as mindless as Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva, but that is no reason to uplift a film that refuses to venture into new territory.
Shivalinga gives you preachy dialogues, unimaginative ghosts, unwarranted hero worship and crass songs. Due to this overtly repetitive mishmash of elements, the film will most definitely ruin Chandramukhi for you. In Chandramukhi, you get superstar and his well-packaged entertainer, all Shivalinga ever provides is a “Kutty Kabali” who has to start being inventive if he is looking at a prolonged sustenance in the film industry.
The character constructions are not only run-of-the-mill, they’re rip-offs too. Oorvashi’s character in the film is a combination of her role in Vamanan and Kovai Sarala’s role in the Muni trilogy. Vadivelu is given a role that bears too much resemblance to his character in Chandramukhi. Lawrence as Shivalingesh holds on to the same expressions he emotes in most of his horror film appearances. Rittika Singh was doing so well with her witty choice of films; you can’t help but wonder why she decided to do such an unimaginative film that provides very little scope for her to act.
S.Thaman’s music is flashy and mundane. The background music that plays on right after the lead couple’s first meeting bears an uncanny resemblance to “Nenjukkul Peidhidum” from Vaaranam Aayiram.
On the whole, Shivalinga is an old formula packaged in flashy wrapping paper. Once the story starts to unravel you can’t help but be annoyed by the unoriginal execution.