Film: R…Rajkumar (Hindi,2013)
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood
Music : Pritam, Sandeep Chowta (background score)
Cinematography     : Mohana Krishna
Director : Prabhu Deva
Producers : Viki Rajani, Sunil Lulla
Written by : Shiraz Ahmed (dialogues)
Screenplay : Prabhu Dheva, Sunil Agarwal, Ravi S Sundaram
Story : Prabhu Deva
Editing : Ballu Saluja
Studio     : Next Gen Films
Distributed by : Eros International
Release dates : December 6, 2013
Running time : 139 mins
Budget     INR400 million (US$6.1 million)
watched Theater:Harihar Cinema’s, Guntur
Rating: 1.75 / 5

Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha New Bollywood Film R…Rajkumar Movie Review:
After the super debacle of Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Prabhu Deva’s latest movie R… Rajkumar was supposed to be the only saviour for actor ADVERTISEMENT Shahid Kapoor. Unfortunately, this one is even a bigger disappointment and could be easily nominated in the list of the worst movies of 2013. R… Rajkumar, featuring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha in the leads, is a romantic action flick, that has loads of spoilers to spoil the viewers’ mood. Amidst everything, if at all there could be any ray of hope in the movie that could be possibly Shahid and his marvellous performance. But, I wonder if Shahid’s charm works in favour of R… Rajkumar.

The story of the film revolves around Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor), an aimless youth who works for a drug baron named Shivraj (Sonu Sood). His latest mission is to kill a rival dealer named Manik Parmar (Ashish Vidyarthi). But Rajkumar’s life changes forever when he claps eyes on the beautiful, educated Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha). What he doesn’t know is that Chanda is an orphan who’s been raised by her uncle – Manik Parmar! After some persistent wooing, Chanda falls for Rajkumar’s charms. But in order for their love to flourish, he must destroy the drug cartel to which both Shivraj and Parmar owe allegiance, which is controlled by a Mafia don named Ajit Taaka (Srihari), who operates out of Malaysia. What happens next? Does Rajkumar defeat the villains and strike back to lead a normal life with Chanda?

Artists Performance:
Shahid Kapoor is wonderful in the movie. He does deliver a credible act in R… Rajkumar. But for Sonakshi Sinha, I fail to utter some good words. The lady needs to get over with her obsession of the same old, ‘behenji’ avatar. She is getting typecast as Bollywood’s resident desi girl now. The rest of the cast including the likes of Sonu Sood, Aashish Vidyarthi, Asrani ham to the fullest, guess on the filmmaker’s direction. Mukul Dev on the other hand makes the most of his character-sketch and actually is credited with some of the laugable gags.

Technical and Other Departments:

The music of ‘R..Rajkumar’ is very peppy and entertaining with the all the songs being designed and shot extremely well. The hit number ‘Saree Ke Fall Sa’ has been shot exceptionally and overall, the choreography is top notch as expected. The camerawork is pretty decent and showcases the rural atmosphere well. The dialogues of the film are just about OK while some of Shahid’s one liners seem to go over the top.

The screenplay is below par as Prabhu Deva loses the grip after a certain point of time. His direction is pretty ordinary as he could not do much given the very ordinary script. As usual, ‘R..Rajkumar’ has many scenes copied from various hit South-Indian films which is a usual practice in Prabhu Deva films.

Movie Analysis:
Formula films have always been Prabhu Dheva’s area of interest but his fetish takes a highly repetitive turn as he removes all masala of his previous films and stuffs it in R…Rajkumar. The movie kickstarts with a high-octane action sequence packed with ear-splitting background score and you know you’ve landed yourself into a loud, brash film. You are not wrong, for R…Rajkumar is just that! The elements of the film right from the conflict to love to the drama and the action even are highly predictable and you just slouch in your seat helplessly waiting for it to unfurl onscreen. What’s worse is that while Dheva would sprinkler Southern masalas in his prior films, this time around he overcooks the broth with excessive slapstick comedy, action that’s highly unbelievable and romance that’s only loud and unappealing.

The first half of the film still has its moment with some of the jokes really tickling your funny bones but you really wish the film ended at that for what follows all throughout the second half is nothing but gruesome assault on your senses. The movie pointlessly drags in the second half and touches the lowest pits of insipidness.

Final View:

Overall, R… Rajkumar is not even close to average. The film is loud, dramatic and over-the-top. I’m going with a generous one and half out of five rating.

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