Raja Rani (TAMIL) – King Queen

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Starring: Arya, Jai, Nayanthara, Nazriya, Sathyaraj and many more
Editing: Antony
Cinematography: George C Williams
Music: G.V.Prakash
Written and Directed : Atlee

Another refreshing romantic movie. Thats what the teasers gave the feel on this film. Looking at the director’s past, you might wonder how come a romantic film from an assistant of Shankar..!! But you have to accept that the looks, scenes and screenplay all are awsumatic in this film.

The film’s tagline declares, ‘There is life after love failure. There is love after love failure‘ and this is exactly what Raja Rani is all about. The story of Raja Rani revolves around John (Arya) and Regina (Nayanthara), who learn to live and love each other, after being forced to get married. Both have previously loved and lost and agree to get married only to keep their respective parents happy. Regina was desperately in love with Surya (Jai), while John had a roaring affair with Keerthana (Nazriya). How two people nursing deep romantic wounds finally come together forms the rest of the story.

Jai and Nayantara bring in the laughs in the first half, the Arya-Santhanam duo once again makes sure there’s enough feel-good bromance to keep you entertained till the rather predictable and stretched-out climax. Jai’s meek and timid character in the film effectively complements Nayanthara’s bold and daring one. Similarly, the fun and bubbly Nazriya and Arya too, make a terrific combination. Satyaraj as the uber-cool dad who is more of a friend than father is another modern touch.

Arya as the romantic dude is clearly at home playing this kind of funny and romantic character. He oozes confidence and is an absolute delight. Nayanthara gets a well-written role and she couldn`t ask for a better character than Regina for her return after a three-year hiatus. She looks good, throws herself into the role, approaches her part with restraint and minimalist fuss, and turns in a sincere performance. And this is unquestionably this film`s biggest strength. Newcomer Nazriya Nasim appears confident, and is well cast as the spirited orphan girl, but saddled with an inconsistent character, she fails to leave a lasting impression.

GV Prakash`s music is definitely one of the highlights of the film. All songs are shot as montages and they are peppy. And cinematographer George C Williams camera is eye-catching with terrific visuals and colours. The inbuilt problem in Atlee’s Raja Rani is that it tells three love stories, one in the present and two in flashbacks that take a chunk of the movie’s running time. This arc is also becomes fairly predictable with ego issues, misunderstandings and even an airport climax! The film does leave you exhausted by the time it ends.

Think it as a modern day ‘Mouna Raagam‘, it remains always watchable, mainly because the director, like his mentor Shankar, embraces his old school storytelling methods with conviction. He knows how to liven up the scene and plays to the gallery with broad comedy and lively songs. Even if things aren’t interesting below the surface, he manages to keep them entertaining. Do give it a shot..!! 🙂