RAJA RANI – ONE FOR THE SOUL

 
More often than not movie trailers tend to mislead us. While the trailer looks great the actual film turns out to be a mediocre fare. Thankfully Raja Rani is different refreshingly different. The film delivers what the trailer promised.
We have seen n number of love stories in the past. But films which deal with a couple’s married life are very rare and few. Maniratnam’s evergreen classic Mouna Ragam was one of them. Director Atlee takes a leaf out of the classic and packages it neatly for today’s audience.
The plot deals with how a newly married couple learn to let go of their painful past to start a new life together.  The casting is top notch ARYA and NAYANTHARA play the egoistic couple who are at constant loggerheads with each other.
It’s a competition among the leads as to who takes the acting honours. A fine performance from Arya who seems to be improving with each film. It’s a perfect comeback vehicle for Nayanthara. She does well in a role which gives her ample scope to show off her acting skills.
JAI and NAZRIYA NAZIM give the film the depth that it requires. JAI starts off in “ENGEYUM EPPODHUM” mode and surprises us as the story moves forward. Nazriya the current poster girl is at her chirpy best in a cute role. SATHYRAJ as always lends dignity to his role of a doting dad. SANTHANAM provides the comic relief in his usual style and it works too. The humour is mostly situational and helps lighten up the proceedings. SATHYAN too shines in an impressive cameo.
The best part of the film though are the dialogues and the tears. The dialogues are deep and thought provoking which lends authenticity to a soulful film and for a change the tears seem real conveying unspoken emotions.
After an average THALAIVAA G.V PRAKASH returns with a good album. It did remind of Illayaraja though.
A promising debut by ATLEE. The confidence of the director is visible throughout the film. The “MIRROR SCENES” are a perfect example of the director’s trust in his craft. He also reminds us what a great director MANI RATHNAM is. There are traces of MOUNA RAGAM and RYTHM throughout the film but that blemish can be overlooked. It’s much deeper than Mani and Vasanth’s film as it looks at both sides of the coin. It is a borrowed idea but the execution is perfect.
It’s been a while since we had a film for the whole family sans the larger than life image of mass heroes. RAJA RANI for a change looks at everyday life situations of ordinary couples and forces us to look within. Kudos to Atlee for providing a neatly packaged film.
RAJA RANI – ADORABLE and REFRESHING!
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