Movie Review R RAJKUMAR
Rating: 3 Stars
Star cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood
Director: Prabhu Dheva
Shahid Kapoor displays all his skills and proves his value, Sonakshi Sinha for a change adds value to the film in some romantic moments, Sonu Sood is dependable baddie as ever, Mukul Dev is good, music is the winner, Prabhu is the real champ behind the scenes
Director Prabhu Dheva had revived careers of stars like Akshay and Salman. This time around he has taken a big task of reviving career of Shahid Kapoor who is giving duds for quite some time.
To start with, film does not promise to be as sensitive as few finicky critics will accept. Its a complete masala action romance in Prabhu Dheva ishtyle! And yes, film has almost no story and pathetic screenplay. Romeo Rajkumar enters a village and makes sure that Shivraj (Sonu Sood) wins his battle against his rival (Manik Parmar). But Shivraj falls for same girl Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha) with whom Romeo Rajkumar is madly in love. From here on film has all expected twists and turns mixed with some chartbuster songs and romantic comic sequences.
1st half takes no time to establish the plot and characters and its breeziness keeps audience hooked. But its first 20 minutes of 2nd half which slows down the film. Also all 3 hit songs 'Gandi Baat', 'Saree Ke faal' and 'Mat Maari' in 1st half leave not much in terms of music in 2nd half. But its the real long action sequence in climax which takes the cake. It might put off female audience and urban class but masses will love the grand finale.
Performance wise Shahid Kapoor is numero uno and proves his worth as complete package. His dancing skills, romantic moments and action - every aspect is top notch. He is sure to make comeback with this one, if not a big comeback. Sonakshi Sinha for a change does not sleepwalk and adds some zing to romantic moments. Sonu Sood delivers an honest performance. Asrani and Ashish Vidyarthi test your patience. Mukul Dev sparks in brief role.
Editing is inconsistent to say the least and slow 2nd half is a big example for same. Costumes are outdated and so is the background score. You really need earplugs during action. Choreography steals the show and music lifts the film every now and then. 'Gandi Baat' and 'Saree Ke faal' evoke claps all over. Dialogues by Shiraz are top notch. Cinematography is decent but action lacks any novel factors. But it is Prabhu Dheva who keeps his grip tight over such a poorly written script and still delivers an entertaining film. It might not be another 'Rowdy Rathore' but still scores with masses.
Film will take a good opening today and it should grow over the weekend. Though film will get mixed reviews and will be tagged as routine boring affair but it has ingredients to score among masses. It seems that at last Shahid will have a decent outing at box office if not a great one!