Welcome to the world of wacky wickedness where Shahid Kapoor lords with ludicrous loudness over characters who don’t know where to stop. And Prabhu Dheva’s direction follows suit. The plot is wafer-thin, certainly slimmer than the film’s large-built leading lady. Here is a detailed appraisal of the Prabhu Dheva film, starring Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonu Sood…
Silent hoja, nahin toh main violent ho jaaonga…. says our rowdy-side Romeo hero. This clangorous film’s besotted hero Romeo Rajkumar 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. His demand for silence in a film that revels in raucousness is as irrational and morally untenable as seeking salvation in Asaram’s ashram.
‘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 if Prabhu Dheva’s kingdom of anarchy before heroes and villains with knives (never guns in this film) decided to get so mad, they had to get even against all odds. Welcome to the world of wacky wickedness where Shahid Kapoor lords with ludicrous loudness over characters who don’t know where to stop. And Prabhu Dheva’s direction follows suit. The plot is wafer-thin, certainly slimmer than the film’s large-built leading lady.
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 two love birds will go to any lengths to be one-up on their adversaries. Sonu Sood 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.Prabhu Dheva’s comicbook energy is back in action in this fast furious and funny cocktail of mirth and mayhem. A heady unsteady 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 Prabhu Dheva’s cinema.
Yes, the mystery of the asterisks in the title is slyly revealed. 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 Rambo 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.
Shahid Kapoor : A Darling Of The Audiences
His birthdate: February 25, 1981. His birthplace: Delhi, India. Before making his big screen debut with Ken Ghosh’s ‘Ishq Vishk’ opposite Amrita Rao, Shahid Kapoor was a familiar face on TV having appeared in commercials for Complan and Pepsi and in a popular Aryans video. His boyish charm, original expressions and exceptional dancing made him a darling of the audiences and Shahid went on the win that year’s Filmare ‘Best Male’ Debut Award. The scion of prolific actor Pankaj Kapoor and actress/classical dancer Neelima Azeem joined forces with Ken Ghosh yet again for the romantic thriller ‘Fida’ (2004). The same year, he started dating his co star from the film, Kareena Kapoor. Though ‘Fida’ was met with a lukewarm response at the box office, Sasha’s role as the innocent lover who gets sucked into crime was much appreciated. In ‘Dil Maange More’, he romanced not one or two, but three fresh faced heroines – Ayesha Takia, Soha Ali Khan and Tulip Joshi. His stint as the on screen lover boy was met by mixed reviews, as were his next few performances.
A breakthrough came in the form of John Mathhew Matthan’s ‘Shikhar’ for which Shahid earned his first Start Screen Award for ‘Best Actor’. After the moderately successful ’36 China Town’ and ‘Chup Chup Ke,’ it was with Sooraj Barjatya’s 2006 romantic drama ‘Vivah’ that Shahid finally managed to please film pundits and win over the masses as well. He picked up his second successive nomination for Best Actor at the Star Screen Awards. Shahid’s position as the rising star of Bollywood was cemented with his understated, but rock solid performance as Aditya Kashyap in Imtiaz Ali’s boy meets girl caper, ‘Jab We Met’. Even though the pair had allegedly broken up before the release, his crackling on screen chemistry with Kareena Kapoor became the highlight of the film. His three year relationship with Kareena Kapoor was the subject of wide media coverage, with the peak being the MMS scandal in which a personal video clip of the actors was leaked out to the public. After their much publicised break up, Kareena went on to date B’Town’s ‘Chotte Nawaab’ Saif Ali Khan, while Sasha busied himself with Aziz Mirza’s ‘Kismat Konnection’ opposite Vidya Balan.
‘Kaminey’ (2009) was a film laden with many firsts for Shahid Kapoor. B’Town’s chocolate boy had never essayed a character with grey shades or taken on the challenge of playing twins in any of his previous films. Most critics and reviewers lavished praise on the young man, and hailed his double role performance as one of his best. Vishal Bhardwaj’s character driven semi hit crime thriller was also his premier movie opposite Priyanka Chopra. Shahid’s latest films have mostly been YRF productions -‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’ And ‘Badmaash Company’ – the exceptions being ‘Chance Pe Dance’, ‘Paathshaala’ and the much delayed ‘Milenge Milenge’, which was shot in 2005. Shahid’s next project was father Pankaj Kapur’s home production ‘Mausam’ opposite Sonam Kapoor. From a child artiste and back up dancer to one of the industry’s most dynamic talents, Shahid Kapoor has traced a rough career graph laden with alternative peaks and troughs. But with all the recent commercial and critical success that has been coming his way it seems that B’Town’s best known veggie is all set to scale new heights.