Published On: Sat, Dec 7th, 2013

Review : R… Rajkumar (Shahid, Sonakshi)

R-Raj-Kumar Release date: 6th December 2013
bollywood3.com Rating : 2/5
Producer: Viki Rajani, Sunil Lulla
Director: Prabhu Deva
Music Director: Pritam Sandeep Chowta
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood


Choreographer and director Prabhu Deva has been associated with some high octane action entertainers like ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and ‘Wanted’ in the past and now he is back with yet another action film in the form of ‘R..Rajkumar. This is also the first time that chocolate boy Shahid Kapur will be seen in an out-and-out action avatar. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha and Sonu Sood, ‘R..Rajkumar’ has hit the screens today across the country and so let’s see how it is.

Story:

Rajkumar (Shahid Kapur) is an aimless young man who starts working with Shivraj (Sonu Sood) who is a drug baron. Soon enough Rajkumar impresses Shivraj with his heroics and ends up becoming his best aide.

At the same time, Rajkumar falls in love with Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha) and just when things seem to be going fine, Shivraj also decides to marry Chanda because of an internal conflict.

A certain turn of events lead to Shivraj finding out that Chanda and Rajkumar are in love with each other and as expected he wants to settle scores with them. The rest of the story is about how Rajkumar goes against his own boss and manages to marry Chanda.

Plus Points:

Shahid Kapur has put in a lot of hard work for this film which shows up on the screen. He is particularly good in the dancing department and showcases his immense energy and one can see a different style in Shahid’s dance in this film.

All the romantic, wooing and teasing scenes between Shahid and Sonakshi have been designed and executed well. As expected in all Prabhu Deva films, the action part is top-notch and gives a chance for Shahid to showcase his angry side.

The first half of the film is very entertaining with some peppy songs and comedy. Amongst others, Sonu Sood does a good job in a negative role.

Minus Points:

After an entertaining first half, the tempo of the film drops drastically with the plot losing its hold on the audience’s attention and the films ends up dragging from there on.

Even though Shahid has worked hard in the action part, he looks unconvincing as an action hero as his chocolate boy looks dominate his angry avatar.

The fights, songs and quite a few unnecessary sequences take center stage in the second half and this where ‘R..Rajkumar’ takes a severe beating. Tollywood star Sri Hari and Ashish Vidhyarthi do not get much of a chance to showcase their talents.

Technical Aspects:

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.

Verdict:

Overall, ‘R..Rajkumar’ is an over the top and loud action entertainer from Prabhu Deva. Other than a peppy first half and some foot tapping numbers, the film has nothing much to offer. You can safely ignore the film this weekend.

Bollywood 3 rating : 2/5

Reviewed by Avad M.