Eros International and NextGen Films' 'R...Rajkumar' is a visually striking, stylized and persuasively real film. Audiences will see the expensive canvas that it is shot in, depicted in a manner that is as real as it is raw. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Rajkumar - a rugged, rebellious, passionate fighter who also has devilish charm. One moment he makes you feel really comfortable and the very next, completely ill at ease! Rajkumar is sexy, brooding and raw! Sonakshi Sinha plays the role of Chanda - a gorgeous, strong character. She is the niece of a poppy lord called Manik Parmar. Feisty, independent with a mind of her own, Chanda has you weak in the knees one moment and running for safety at the very next. A perfect amalgamation of sugar and spice. 'R...Rajkumar' - is a Romantic Action Love story set in dusty and rugged backdrop of the Hindi Heartland. A film that has out and out desi tracks (true dance numbers) with loads of intrigue, thrill and fun - a perfect entertainer by all means. The ravines shall tower high over the Poppy Fields, overlooking a dangerous foundation without law, justice or order. Prabhu Deva's next dhamakedaar entertainer will challenge, implore, conjure and paint a nice landscape of good and evil in almost equal proportions pumping out high octane entertainment from the very first second!!
I must start with review with a warning to all Bollywood fans that, despite an outspoken love of Glee and most ridiculous and over the top musicals, I have yet to watch a Bollywood movie that I haven’t panned.
R... Rajkumar is no different really, this is essentially another retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story and, once you realise this, the rest of the film plays out almost entirely by the book, lacking any real imagination or re-envisioning
Rajkumar is a young man who gets involved with a powerful drug baron and is tasked with killing his boss’ rival; when the beautiful Chanda comes onto the scene however things change and an all out gang war starts over this Juliet-character.
There’s no darkness and no grit, nothing to give this movie any depth or appeal beyond the lavish choreography or catchy musical numbers; I like my musicals with a bit of tongue in cheek comedy, a bit of sadness, even a little unpredictability. R… Rajkumar lacks this entirely.
However, my overall experience of Bollywood pictures is that they, by and large, stick to the same tropes and styles – living by the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mantra, and if you’re already a fan of the genre then I fully expect that you’ll disagree entirely with my views.
For those who still aren’t sure I will attempt to step away from my predisposed ideas and give what little unbiased commentary I can: the first half of the film is certainly the better of the two parts, the characters are reasonably well written and they are portrayed with all the vigour and style of well established and highly talented actors.
Going entirely against my job description I think the best advice I can give here is that viewers watch the film for themselves and make their own decision…