First Teaser For Superstar Rajnikanth's KOCHADAIYAAN Is Here!

J Hurtado, Contributing Writer
It's been a long road for Superstar Rajnikanth after the international record-breaking success of Enthiran (Robot). That film, directed by Tamil visionary director Shankar, not only broke box office records in India, but also captured the popular imagination of film geeks worldwide, something Indian films rarely manage. That was in 2010, here we are, nearly three years later and we finally have a look at his follow-up feature; a long-gestating, constantly mutating motion-capture epic known as Kochadaiyaan.

This project began its live as Sultan: The Warrior back in 2008, but was shelved when Enthiran took off. Sultan was a CG animated feature for which there was already a live teaser way back in the day, however, it wasn't to be. Rather than finishing Sultan, directed by Superstar's daughter, Soundarya Rajnikanth, he decided to go into a new project with director KS Ravikumar titled Rana, a period piece very similar to Sultan. Rana's production was scrapped when, on the very first day of production, Rajni fell ill and ended up in a Singapore hospital for a couple of months. Upon his return, it was no longer Rana that was on his docket, but Kochadaiyaan, a seemingly related story this time to be filmed in motion-capture, presumably to save wear and tear on the fragile performer.

Then came the incessant chirping about the production of Kochdaiyaan. The film was largely shot on a sound stage in London. You can find many images of the principal cast wearing those ridiculous motion-capture bodysuits online if you look hard enough. The teaser was announced as being ready for the Cannes film market, but when the time came, director Soundarya announced that she wasn't satisfied with the product and wanted to wait until it was polished more before showing her creation to the public.

Here we are, four months later, with the first sixty seconds of footage from Kochadaiyaan, and it kind of looks like a video game cut scene. I've never been terribly impressed with Indian animated features, and this first footage does nothing to sway me. Granted, motion-capture is a very clunky mechanism in the first place, but this just doesn't quite look up to snuff.

As a huge Rajni fan, I'll be in the stands, first day first show, but it'll be for the man himself and not for what looks like it could be a colossal technical nightmare. No date has been set for Kochadaiyaan, but Diwali is likely.  Check out the teaser for yourself, am I being too hard on it?

Edit - The new release date is December 12, Rajnikanth's birthday. I still take this with a grain of salt, but it's what the studio says.

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  • zameer

    wow thanks for the latest updates about filmy news i have read some excellent stuff from Kochadaiiyaan Official Teaser

  • Aleks

    This is a joke right? It looks like a fucking Playstation 2 game.

  • roshan

    release on Rajinikanth's birthday 12.12.2013 according to bollywood hungama

  • J Hurtado

    Pretty soon they'll push it back to 2015

  • Pedro Rica

    Looks like crap.

  • JP

    My three most anticipated movies for the rest of the year were Dhoom 3, Krrish 3, and this, and all three had really disappointing teasers. :( And while I'm really confident in Dhoom 3 and I think Krrish 3 will be good as well, I just don't see this turning around. I wonder if they were expecting it to turn out better and just bit off more than they could chew, or is this how they conceived it? I applaud them for trying but I really can't imagine this being effective. the most promising thing about it at this point is Rahman.

    I remember reading a while back that a lot of it is live action and only 1/3 or so was motion captured. I guess that was just a rumor.

    However it turns out, my hope is that this won't be Superstar's last film. A re-team with Shankar is in order. Speaking of which, I'm assuming Ai won't be out this year. Hopefully early next year.

  • J Hurtado

    "I remember reading a while back that a lot of it is live action and only
    1/3 or so was motion captured. I guess that was just a rumor."

    This was Rana.

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