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'R... Rajkumar' review: The film is cinema of the most exhausting kind


Rajeev Masand,CNN-IBN
Dec 09, 2013 at 10:34am IST

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood

Director: Prabhu Deva

'R... Rajkumar', directed by Prabhu Deva, is a film so relentlessly ugly, you have to wonder how it qualifies as entertainment of any sort. Like the worst video games, the action scenes here go on and on and on till your brain and your senses are numbed by all the stabbing and punching and pummeling. And just in case there's still a part of you that doesn't feel entirely abused, the film's crass humor will take care of that.

Not unlike 'Rowdy Rathore', the director's last blockbuster hit, this film doesn't offer much by way of plot or characters. A beefed up Shahid Kapoor (looking redder than a cooked lobster) plays 'Rajkumar', a mysterious fellow who shows up in a lawless village one day, and quickly lands a job in the gang of a local opium smuggler and all-round goonda, Shivraj (Sonu Sood), the kind of villain who's given to delivering such corny lines like: "Mere mooh mat lagna, main sahat ke liye bahut haneekarak hoon". When his boss becomes determined to marry the girl our hero has given his heart to, battle lines are drawn.

It's bewildering why both Rajkumar and Shivraj bear such passion for Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha), especially since she has no respect for herself. In a scene so appalling it'll make you cringe, she throws off her pallu and snarls at Shivraj, promising to strip down for him herself if he can defeat her lover. In another scene, she taunts him by describing how Rajkumar will make love to her on their honeymoon.

The scenarios in this film - including one scene in which a police officer is raping a woman in a jail cell when he is interrupted by an urgent telephone call - are so putrid I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't going through a bad dream. To dismiss 'R... Rajkumar' merely as a throwback to those cheerfully low-IQ 80s potboilers would mean letting off the makers too easily, for this is cinema of the most exhausting kind. The climax alone carries on for over 15 minutes, in which Shahid is repeatedly stabbed, and then whacked around with everything from iron rods to wooden planks. He survives, but you almost don't.

I'm going with half out of five for Prabhu Deva's 'R... Rajkumar'. The half star is strictly for Pritam's music, the only bright spot in this excruciating film.

Rating: 0.5 / 5

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