R.Rajkumar – Movie Review

9 Dec

When I first saw the trailors of R.Rajkumar, I figured this would be a remake of some Telugu movie, which is Prabhu Dheva’s so-called forte. I later read somewhere this is Prabhu Dheva’s first venture in Hindi which is original and thought it would be a good idea to see his work.

Initially called Rambo Rajkumar, but later changed to R.Rajkumar on account of certain copyright issues, this is the typical tapori kind of film that we’ve all had enough of. Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor) joins the gang of a powerful don, played by Sonu Sood and becomes his right-hand man soon, thanks to his loyalty and intelligence. He falls in love with village belle, Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha) and some songs and cheesy dialogues later, she loves him too. All is well until, Sonu Sood too likes Sonakshi and this of course, leads to a love triangle. And that’s all that R. Rajkumar has to offer in terms of storyline.

I had multiple problems with this film. One, Sonakshi Sinha’s character. While we’ve all seen enough and more movies where women have been objectified by the film’s heroes and villains, this is probably one of the dumbest cases where the heroine herself treats herself with no respect. Sonakshi delivers crass dialogues offering to surrender and take off her to sari, in case the villain is successful in defeating the hero. Another major put-off is the never-ending fight scenes. I don’t know what the makers were thinking when they shot this, but each of the actions sequences are way too long and you’re forced to look at the facebook messages on your phone to pass time. Third, the comic sequences, which unfortunately have no inkling of comedy in them. There is one silly scene in which Sonu Sood attempts to learn an English song and sings “I am your Bull, you are my shit, Together we are Bull Shit”. This line is repeated until you just feel like crying out loud and wondering what you were doing in the theatre in the first place. Veteran actor Asrani, of Sholay fame also has a role of an astrologer and fails to make an impact.

Its difficult to really find anything good in R.Rajkumar. But the only tolerable thing in the film is the music and song sequences. “Gandi Baat” and “Sari Ke Fall Sa” are decent and the choreography is quite eye-catchy. Inspite of the bad storyline, Shahid Kapoor delivers a honest performance and makes the movie watching experience tolerable. None of the other actors are even worth a mention.

I would go with 1.5 out of 5 stars for Prabhu Deva’s R. Rajkumar. For me, this takes the prize for the worst film of 2013. Not Recommended.

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