Four years back ace dancer Prabhudeva debuted as a director in Hindi films with Salman Khan's 'Wanted'. This movie bought the masala entertainer genre back with hard hitting action, powerful drama and most important heroism in our Hindi films. The sole purpose of this movie was to give its audience out and out entertainment with a total 'paisa vasool' type of feeling. The celebrations were doubled with success of 'Dabangg' and thus we started to witness dozens of south Indian remakes in the name of masala entertainers. Prabhudeva himself returned back with another entertainer 'Rowdy Rathore', which could also be termed as last good entertainer from the recent remakes. Though this year his non starrer film 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' turned out to be a damp squib in comparison to his earlier massive hits. But before the year can end, he is back with another masala entertainer 'R... Rajkumar' with big star's and foot tapping music. So let's find out whether Prabhudeva might manage to end the year on a positive note with another out and out entertainer or might have to suffer the after effects of his and his hero Shahid Kapoor's last debacles.
'R... Rajkumar' is story of Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor) who works for a local drug dealer Shivraj (Sonu Sood). Shivraj wants Rajkumar to eliminate his opponent Parmar (Ashish Vidhyarthi). In process to finish Parmar and his gang, Rajkumar meets Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha) and falls in love with her. After a while Rajkumar manages to win Chanda's heart but on other side Shivraj too wants to get married to Chanda. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
Story is fine but nothing new, we have seen many such films in the 70's and 80's where the hero and villain both wants to get married to the heroine. Now again in such films you need wonderful moments and conviction factor, out here there are few entertaining moments especially in the initial phase of the film with scene like Shahid going bonkers after seeing Sonakshi for first time followed by meeting her at the station on his way to eliminate the MLA, Shahid meeting Sonakshi on the road, the triangle drama in the temple, Shahid hitting Ashish Vidhyarthi and few more. But except for these few comical moments along with few fights scenes (In the temple and in the initial parts of the film) the movie lacks on the entertainment quotient. The film starts quite abruptly over the gang war which looked forced and confusing. Also Sonakshi's love for Shahid was but unconvincing. The twists were predictable and climax was a huge let down with never ending fall and rise scenes of Shahid Kapoor. But the worst part belongs to Sonu Sood and Sonakshi's track which is full of cheap, insulting and had lots of unwanted sexist comments. Sonu's dialogs were vulgar and total crass. The writing is so lame that the makers keeps the plot unnecessarily dragging till the climax with cat and mouse type of scenes or forced humour. For many who would be waiting to see an even fight between Shahid and Sonu in the climax will be highly disappointed as the makers after super dragging it decides to end on a quick note.
Music & Direction:
Music by Pritam is entertaining. 'Gandi Baat', 'Saree Ke Fall Sa', 'Mat Maari' and 'Dhoka Dhadi' are enjoyable as well as foot tapping. If you can adjust with the weird lyrics then you will enjoy these songs over the audio as well as video level. The item song 'Kaddu Katega' was cheap and total unwanted. Background music is fine and the theme music 'Pyaar Pyaar Pyaar Ya Maar Maar Maar' is enjoyable.
Prabhudeva's last released film 'Ramaiya Vastaviya' despite of being a weak clone of 'Maine Pyar Kiya' and 'Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya' was a decent family entertainer. This time with 'R... Rajkumar' he lacks highly on the entertainment factor and the whole soul was highly missing. The movie is not bad or horrible like some recent so called masala entertainers like 'Bullet Raja', 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara', 'Besharam' and few more. But in comparison to Prabhudeva's earlier hits, this one is definitely a damp squib.
Shahid Kapoor tried hard to establish himself as an action entertainer hero. He did the same in his last film 'Phata Poster Nikla Hero' and had failed miserably as he lacked the heroism in him. Even out here despite of giving a decent performance he still lacked the heroism factor which is very essential for such films. The whole impact of the film gets diluted if the hero lacks the star power. Sonakshi Sinha's in 'Bullet Raja', oops I mean 'R... Rajkumar' looks repetitive and over the top. She tries hard to seduce the audience with some scenes but failed miserably. Sonu Sood tried to repeat his 'Dabangg' magic which in some scenes he gets it right but due to trashy dialogs and some cheap scenes he ends up like a younger and better version of Prakash Raj. Ashish Vidhyarthi lend good support. Mukul Dev and Asrani lend good support. Poonam Jhawar does unwanted skin show and was horrible. The worst actor award goes to Srihari. Prahlad Khakkar and Ashok Samarth are wasted.
So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well except for some foot tapping music, few action scenes along with few comical moments there is no special dum in this film. It is definitely better in terms of wholesome entertainment than the recent so called masala entertainers. As far as in comparison to Prabhudeva's two massive entertainers (Wanted and Rowdy Rathore), this 'R... Rajkumar' ends up as a 'Pauper Prince'.