Subhash K Jha speaks about R Rajkumar

Subhash K Jha speaks about R Rajkumar

"Silent hoja, nahin toh main violent ho jaaonga"…. says our rowdy-side Romeo-hero. This clangorous restless rumbustuous film's besotted hero 'Romeo Rajkumar' is a Rambo with a heart. He is fond of blurting out the 'silent-violent' catch-line at the most inopportune moments. Maybe he likes the sound of the words and doesn't care to hold up its relevance in his deeds. Maybe he's just a Prabhu Dheva fan.

Shahid Kapoor's demand for silence in a film that revels in raucousness is as irrational and morally untenable as seeking salvation in Asaram's ashram.Go for it at your own risk.

R … Rajkumar is a very noisy film. Empty aerated bottles fly across the colourful kitschy frames hitting hard surfaces mainly skulls and shattering every shred of the equilibrium that might have existed in Prabhu Dheva's kingdom of anarchy before the hero and scruffy villains with knives (never guns in this film) decided to get so mad , they had to get even against all odds.

Welcome to Prabhu Dheva's world of wacky wickedness where Shahid Kapoor lords with ludicrous loudness over characters who don't know where to stop. And Prabhudheva's direction follows suit. The camera rolls, the action begins…The party never ends.

The plot is wafer-thin, certainly slimmer than the film's large-built leading lady who looks pretty formidable in front of our pint-sized hero. There is an immensely endearing moment between Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor where she makes fun of his height. He retaliates by taking a dig at her weight. It's a decisive moment in the storytelling where the parameters of impunity are well set for the couple as well as for the script's dynamics regarding the love relationship between the two.

These love birds will go to any lengths to be one-up on their adversaries . Mainly, the manly Sonu Sood who plays the arch-villain as a delicious mix of the mean and the mirthful. This guy deals in danger and yet somehow he doesn't mean to be so mean. If you know what I mean.

The violent love story streaks across a horizon of hectic action sequences topped by a monstrously over-the-top climax where Shahid and Sonu beat each other to a pulp. This 20-minute climax (and still counting) could have been cut by half, as too the songs which though interestingly filmed (Prabhu Dheva after all) add only splashes of flamboyant colour on an already over-cluttered canvas.

Prabhudheva's comicbook energy is back in action in this fast furious and funny cocktail of mirth and mayhem. A heady unsteady gandi and mix of humour and rowdyism that only Prabhu Dheva can pull off. Yeah, we've seen it all in Wanted and Rowdy Rathod . But there is something sexily bullish about Prabhudheva's cinema.

Yes, the mystery of the asterisks in the title is slyly revealed. The 'R' stands for Romeo. Romeo and not Rambo is the flavour of the season. We saw a very violent Romeo in Ram Leela recently. Now we see a very love-struck and violent Rambo-Romeo in R… Rajkumar.

To their credit, director Prabhu Dheva and Shahid Kapoor have a lot of fun with the feisty hyper-ventilating material which is often short of breath, but proudly so. Neither silent nor offensively violent, R… Rajkumar is a fun take on the hero and the tyrant.

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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