We all knew what was coming, ever since R…Rajkumar was announced and Bollywood’s latest money churning mint, Prabhu Deva, signed Shahid Kapoor to play his trademark action hero.
Everyone was looking forward to this spiced up hot curry as if previous pot-boilers were not enough!
Perhaps for the first time Prabhu has found the most suitable protégé in Bollywood (after Madhuri Dixit and Hrithik Roshan – just a song each) for his incredible choreography.
Shahid also donned some of the excerpts from his Kaminey (2009) look and the final result is a character closer to those larger than life yet new age stylish Telugu and Tamil heroes who rule public hearts with their unmatchable dancing, smart comic punches and earth-shaking blows.
The movie begins like a manifestation of all such South Indian movies where some rural place is ruled by a couple of rival gang-lords and the only saviour is a protagonist who lands up by fluke.
But the problem here is, after a good 20-30 minutes it becomes a drag and mere sporadic episodes of comedy and action.
|Prabhu Deva special, a ‘Maar Maar Maar’ story, written specifically to accommodate the extreme action in a very South style.|
|Shahid all the way, amazing expressions by him, Sonakshi has improved while Sonu portrays yet another fearsome villain.|
|Prabhu Deva does what he does best and delivers yet another cheeky action comedy blockbuster.|
|With such a paper-thin story, top quality production was inevitable for the film to work. The action and dance sequences are shot very well.|
|Made to order music as per the mood of the movie, with popular dance numbers and item songs.|
|Its a quintessential South Indian formula that relies on the protagonists furious action, some scattered gimmicks in comedy, dry, forced romance and foot tapping dance numbers. Review Scores by Saurin Shah.|
Rajkumar (aka Romeo Rajkumar) succeeds in setting his foot into the gang of drug Mafia, Shivraj aka Bhiyoji (played by Sonu Sood) by damaging the business of rival Parmar (played by Ashish Vidyarthi) and becomes Bhiyoji’s right-hand man alongside Mukuldev.
Rajkumar keeps catching glimpses of Chanda (played by Sonakshi Sinha), a bold village girl, while the duo carry out their deadly operations in their pursuit to demolish Parmar’s reign. A sudden turn of events brings loyal Rajkumar to rise against Bhiyoji just when he is about to make peace.
Prabhu Deva, who bedazzles us every time in coming up with dance moves that make your eyes pop up, has been very ironical as a director during his super successful stint in Bollywood as he seems in no mood to present anything but the tried, tested and leveraged formula movies.
In fact, he has made nice refreshing movies in Tamil and Telugu like Engegyum Kadhal (2011) and more. He could have got away with another 100 crore hit this time had he kept the story more tight and lucid.
While the plot is crisp until intermission, it moves into a long span of lightly spiced sequences that leaves you flat faced waiting for the next fiery fight scene to relieve you from boredom.
Even though the whole second half is predictable with a few twists, it could still have been made interesting had it been penned more creatively. One feels the editing was loose and this eclipses the excellent work in cinematography, dialogue and performances. Shiraz Ahmed has written some powerful one-liners like: ‘Silent ho jaa. Nahi to mein Violent ho jaaunga’.
Talking of performances, it is so pleasant to see Shahid completely melting into the carefree ruffian Rajkumar. Not only does he preform the main action so well, it is indeed a treat to watch him in his Romeo alter-ego going around Chanda with his ever-ready-to-kiss expressions.
Sonakshi shows a lot of improvement in acting and convincingly blends into the cast unlike her previous films where she appeared as a forcefully added character. Sonu Sood works his way too well into making Bhiyoji appear a fearful villain and a big challenge to our Rajkumar.
Ashish Vidyarthi, Asrani and Mukul Dev are routine, it is worth mentioning that veteran Telugu actor Srihari who makes a debut with this movie playing an international don sadly passed away before its release.
The songs are more a visual treat than to listen to as Shahid shines in all the Prabhu Deva moves with ‘Gandi Baat’ (funnily enough, Charmi Kaur and Sonakshi look so alike in identical costumes), ‘Saree Ke Fall Saa’ and ‘Mat Maari’. ‘Dhokha Dhadi’ is a sweet melodious song, ‘Kaddu Katega’ is another item song featuring a couple of hotties.
Final verdict, go to R…Rajkumar if you are still hungry for more action after at least half a dozen similar movies and Shahid’s fine form playing the lovable character and a hefty dose of dance and comedy.