Here is Shivalinga Movie Review:
Intro: Lawrence has a cult following in masses. After films like “Kanchana” and “Ganga”, he has developed a good fan base – especially to horror genre. Now, he teamed up with veteran director P. Vasu for the Telugu remake of blockbuster Kannada remake. Did Vasu repeat “Chandramukhi” magic? Did Lawrence do a “Kanchana”? Read on.
Story: Shivalengeshwar aka Shiva (Raghava Lawrence) is an undercover CBCID officer who is on a mission to crack the demise mystery of Raheem (Shakti Vasudevan) who passed away from a moving train. Shiva marries to spunky Sathya (Ritika Singh) and troubles start when Raheem turns into ghost and enters into Sathya’s body to mount pressure on Shiva to crack the case quickly.
Who has killed Raheem? What’s the motive behind his killing?
Performances: Lawrence is in his elements. He chosen a role – investigating CBCID officer – that’s easy for him to handle. But it also has opportunity to perform various shades – fear, romance, action, smart & sincere nature. He has done justice to his role both as an honest officer as well as a loving husband.
After “Guru”, Ritika will be seen in a role that has substance and weight. Unlike “Guru”, this time she also does good romantic scenes and revved up glam quotients in the spicy songs. However, full marks to Ritika for the scenes where she enacts ghost Raheem. She scares you. In songs, she also makes good moves matching with choreographer-turned-actor Lawrence. Vadivelu’s character is limited. He does evoke a few laughs. But it has been overdone. So, Telugu audiences may not enjoy it a lot. Urvashi is good as publicity-craving cooking show host and as a doting mom. Shakti Vasudevan has a crucial role in the film. The entire films runs on his character Raheem. Since he’s not quite noted to Telugu audiences, one has to see how he will be received. Yet, he really done a great job. As a good samaritan, as a victim, Shakti is good. Even as a ghost he did well. But only in climax scenes, he goes overboard. Besides that, he has done very well.
Veteran director P. Vasu has a reputation of making films like “Chandramukhi”. And going by “Shivalinga”, he did live up to the name and all the hype that surrounded the film. Right from the word go, the film turns interesting when we’re seen a murder on a moving train. And the victim is accompanied by his pigeon Sara that’s as smart and loyal as dog and loves its owner totally. The investigation of Shiva begins with pigeon giving a lead. The screenplay has been well-written and film has been well-executed. There are moments that surprise you, that scare you and that amaze you. First half is quite engaging. Thaman’s background score elevates scenes. Ritika has shown her acting brilliance when she has a ghost in her. Logics mostly have been justified. Attention to detail is good. Vasu’s experience is reflected in the film.
However, post-interval, the film gets slow. Loses steam initially with unnecessary comedy and song objecting the flow of the narrative. But as the film progresses, it picks up and suspense element makes you hook to your seats. Pre-climax and climax scenes are good. Dialogues are decent. On the whole, “Shivalinga” does a complete justice to its genre, subject. You will get what you expect and in fact, you will get more than what you expect from the film. Go for it.
Engaging First Half
Ritika as Ghost
Thaman’s Background Score
Vadivelu’s Lengthy Comedy (After Interval)
Early Second Half
Shivalinga shouldn’t be missed.