Expectations were bigger with ‘Rajapattai’. Reason? Chiyaan Vikram’s comeback as mass hero after a long span of time while Susintheeran’s first attempt into commercial genre of movies. Moreover, it was something to mark as ‘Acid Test’ for this duo combo. Yes, the actor kept winning laurels and awards for his ne plus ultra performances in ‘Raavanan’ and is set to continue the winning streak with ‘Deiva Thirumagal’ as well. But the actor’s success graph was more with ‘Dhil’, ‘Dhool’ and ‘Saamy’ that were pure commercial entertainers gaining appreciations from the crowds and of course filling producers’ sacs.
Let’s take a sneak look into the film’s plot, which isn’t out of box thinking, but has an engaging screenplay.
Anal Murugan (Vikram), a gym boy in films aspires to become a big villain. Alongside his lane resides a beautiful girl (Deeksha Seth) and they’re in love, though haven’t expressed it. On an unexpected occasion, Murugan saves an old man (K. Viswanath) from bunch of hooligans and is later shocked to know that his own son had hired them to trap him. It’s all for the sake of land property he owns that gives shelter to hundreds of homeless orphans, which his son wants to hand it over to a lady politician fondly called as AKKA. What unfolds next is a series of combats between Murugan and the Land Grabbing Mafia network.
As on whole, it’s a complete show by Vikram. It is awe-inspiring to see him in different looks and you’re sure to marvel upon his physique. It’s been a very long time we saw him flexing his muscles and involved in juggling action sequences. Deeksha Seth has nothing much to score here, but woos down the audiences with her cherubic looks. Veteran filmmaker K Viswanath was last seen in Dhanush’s ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ and over here has lots of portions to play. In fact, he keeps the first half going well with funny moments. Pradeep Rawat as the baddie is powerful while the lady in negative character showcases her best work.
The gripping drama begins from the very first scene of second half and from there’s you’ll keep yourself hooked to the screens. With a running length of 120mins, it doesn’t seem like an hour has passed after intermission.
Director Susintheeran could have avoided few portions in the first half, but it looks like he wanted to keep the first half at least to one hour. The drama between Vikram and Pradeep Rawat during second half where he appears in different get-ups is clap worthy.
Songs are not so appealing while the background score and theme song ‘Rajapattai’ (not included in audio CDs) is awesome.
‘Rajapattai’ is a commercial film that will not disappoint audiences and it’s your turn to book the show, grab your snacks, sit back and relax.
What works:Vikram, Screenplay, commercial ingredients, Characterizations
What doesn’t work: Little slow moments in first half, songs,
Verdict: Deserves a watch
Production: PVP Cinemas
Star-casts: Vikram, Deeksha Seth, K. Viswanath, Pradeep Rawat and others
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Review by Richard Mahesh
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