Like always Latha Rajinikanth cannot wait to catch the first-day-first-show of her husband, Rajinikanth’s latest release. A doting fan, she has not missed out a single first show of his movies. “We go for the love of the people. We enjoy the fun element that they bring into the show and we want to say thanks to them. They scream, they shout and clap. There is a lot of excitement in the theatre,” says Latha, who is visibly excited and anxious about Rajinikanth’s latest big-budget entertainer Kochadaiiyaan, which releases on May 9.
Usually preferring to remain behind-the-scenes, Latha has stepped out and taken an active interest in promoting her husband’s film. This film is a special one as it marks her return to singing for films, and her younger daughter Soundarya R Ashwin’s directorial debut. But she is dismissive of such concerns. “It so happened that Soundarya is directing her father and I sung a song for the movie,” says Latha, who sings the soulful number called Manappenin sathiyam, adding, “Otherwise this is just another production. Just because a father is being directed by her daughter doesn’t make it a family affair. He has done an actor’s role and she has done a director’s role.”
Like most Rajinikanth films, which are big on a larger-than-life portrayal, entertainment and technology quotient, Kochadaiiyaan is no different. It claims to be the first Indian film made using “performance capture technology” — techniques employed effectively in Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar — with the exception that it uses actors Rajinikatnth, Deepika Padukone and Jackie Shroff instead of fictional ones.
“Very rarely do you see this kind of technology being used with live actors. It is on the lines of films such as Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin but in those films you see characters you have not seen before, whereas in Kochadaiiyaan you see live actors. Making a live action is simpler because the costumes and sets are there,” explains Latha, who encouraged Soundarya to make a film of this scale.
With such hype surrounding the technology of the film, the plot somewhere gets diluted. In the film, Rajinikanth essays a triple role — Kochadaiiyaan, Rana and Sena — of someone with long hair who worships Shiva, dances and is also a warrior. The film is rooted in Indian mythology and also stars south Indian stars Nasser and Shobhana. Though the film ran into several production delays, Latha continued…