Melanie’s Review: R… Rajkumar – Ridiculous, Outlandish And Ghastly



Ridiculous, outlandish and ghastly are the three words that can describe Prabhu Deva‘s masterpiece R… Rajkumar.

I really fail to understand who approved such a story? Why Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha signed such a film? Why has Prabhu Deva taken upon himself to torture his audience?

R… Rajkumar has nothing to offer. It’s predictable and boring. You will keep cursing yourself for having bought the tickets, and for putting yourself and whoever accompanied you for the movie in so much agony and torture. The screenplay (though there is nothing like screenplay in R… Rajkumar), is just scenes put together, that don’t make any sense or logic. Scenes appear from nowhere, end abruptly, or just keep going on and on. Prabhu Deva must really learn direction from people who make short films, and gag videos on YouTube.

The story is like this: Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor) works for drug dealer Shivraj (Sonu Sood). Manik Parmar (Ashish Vidyarthi), another drug dealer, is his arch-rival. Life is cool and fun, until Shivraj falls in love with the same girl Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha), with whom Rajkumar is committed to. Not to forget, Chanda is Parmar’s niece. Now, Manik who was once thirsty of Shivraj’s blood, so effortlessly joins him against Rajkumar. To deal with the situation, and to protect his love, Rajkumar must put an end to this drug mafia. Now, that’s what I call an award winning plot!

Prabhu Deva fails in every department – from the script, to the portrayal of characters, or even bringing out the intense love story. He has a disastrous Ramaiya Vastavaiya to his credit, and now with R… Rajkumar it clearly is visible that Mr. Deva has lost his way in direction. It looks like Prabhu lost interest in R… Rajkumar half way while making the film, or somebody forced him to complete the project. Call it luck, or the star power, that his previous films managed to work – but the truth is Prabhu Deva is not a director. He must got back to what he’s best at – choreography.

I feel sad for Shahid Kapoor though. He has had a series of flops, from Chance Pe Dance to Mausam, Teri Meri Kahaani to Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, and now R… Rajkumar. I really fail to understand what made Shahid sign such a script? With a lean body, Shahid Kapoor is looking very out of place for a role like this. What looks unbelievable is when Shahid beats up goons who are three times heavier and larger than him. What was Prabhu Deva doing when they were shooting these scenes? Was he sleepwalking?

Sonakshi Sinha is one actress, who trusts in quantity over quality. It looks like she is in a rush to do as many similar looking films as possible, and it’s clear now that she signs her films without bothering to even look at the script or even studying her character. Barring just a few roles she has done, all others look similar to her debut film Dabangg. R… Rajkumar is also no better. One piece of advice for Sonakshi Sinha: Darling, if you continue like this, time is not very far that you will be entirely written off. Wake up, girl!

Pritam has done a decent job with the songs. However, Sandeep Chowta has done the background score, but it looks like he was desperate to make his presence felt, and what became of the background score is unbearable noise.

Bottom-line: R… Rajkumar will test your patience. It’s a brain draining action thriller, and forget going to a cinema, even when it premieres on TV, it will be a torture, and you will wait for a commercial break!

Rating: Giving away any star to this film would be ‘Gandi Baat’.