After the heavyweight Deivathirumagal, it’s quite obvious that Vikram wanted to take a break and play it light. Rajapattai is precisely his attempt at that. Vikram is not new to the genre but this is a litmus test for director Suseenthiran, who has so far been associated with only off-beat entertainers. He has rolled up his sleeves to get his hands dirty. Although he has largely achieved what he set out to – to some extent – Rajapattai leaves you asking for more. That besides the fact that we aren’t asking anything more than a timepass movie made sagaciously.
Suseenthiran’s subject – adapted for the screen from Seenu’s story – has the capability to keep you riveted. Rajapattai is the story of a stunt master Anal Murugan – with the heart of gold, of course – and his fight against a woman politician with respect to issues, predominantly focusing on real estate mafia.
When you think of stunt masters in movies, it’s quite natural to think of Kamal’s PKS but Vikram’s Anal Murugan is stripped of that charm and is made to look the part. Fair enough! Vikram is your typical brawny, no-nonsense, thinking stunt master. You have to hand it to the actor for his obsession to show diversity in his movies. It’s a given that the stunt master is going to be swinging around above the ground and bash men – basically perform stunts – to prove his namesake profession. Needless to say, Vikram shows all the stunts with an élan that makes you think he’s been doing it all his life. And all the other heroic deeds are well noted as well.
Deeksha Seth is a pretty thing and she does what she’s required to do in the movie. Looking pretty that is. But acting? Well you can’t blame her for the sloppy characterization of her role. But would she have done a good job if she was required to, so to say, perform. We would never know. Would we? In the same breadth, Praveen’s characterization also screams for attention. After tremendously building up your expectations, the character could not withstand its own pressure and fizzles out eventually. Well, blame it on the screenplay. Shriya and Reema are reduced to item dancers, in the pretext of playing the role of heroines.
Suseenthiran’s directorial brilliance comes across vividly in many scenes; legendary actor director Vishwanath’s help in Vikram’s love, Vikram’s investigation of Deeksha’s abduction and Vikram and team’s mischief at the registrar’s office are examples. But these are only flashes of brilliance. The movie is otherwise riddled with potholes that are customary to a commercial entertainer. You are left to wonder what Suseenthiran was thinking when he wrote the screenplay despite handling an explosive political subject.
Such opportunities are mighty wasted sadly and the movie ends up looking like just another masala flick that tries hard to woo you in the name of entertainment. After all, there is only so much liberty you can take in the name of entertainment. The problem largely seems to lie in the storytelling.
Yuvan’s two songs are worth listening to but others fail to impress. However, the rerecording is apt for the feel of the movie. Cinematographer Madhee’s camera plays with colors and brings the movie to life despite the lackluster screenplay. Editing is ideal for the two hours that was allowed.
Rajapattai’s biggest weakness is that the movie fails to convince you and comes across as shallow in places. And the boring old, done to death sequences - like the land grabbing politician who has an eye for an orphanage and hero’s valiant attempt - do not help much either. And why is there a song that plays when end credits roll? Only the director knows.
Verdict: Well on the beaten track!
Verdict : Well on the beaten track!
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