Meet S.S. Rajamouli. This is one of the most successful directors in Telugu cinema ever, with an enviable 100% success record. The man who is behind the latest Hindi blockbuster Rowdy Rathore. What was that? RR is directed by Prabhudheva? It’s hard to tell if you have seen the original Vikramarkudu.
RR is the story of Shiva (Akshay Kumar), a small time conman who Chinta-ta’s his way around the police, hates kids, and is an animal lover – that facet of his personality isn’t shown in the film, but would explain why he falls for haathi mere saathi Paro (Sonakshi Sinha). After stealing a trunk from the train station, the tables are turned on him, when instead of the gold and cash he was expecting, he finds a child called Chinki (WTF?! The girl in the original was called Neha, what was wrong with that name?), who recognises Shiva as her father. After having put up with Chinki for a while, he realises that her father is a lookalike – the fearless police officer Vikram Rathod, and finds out that Chinki has actually been planted with Shiva by Rathod’s colleagues.
Firstly, the positives.Image The film is watchable…..on DVD, in the background, while you’re doing something much more worthwhile. Akshay Kumar is not as annoying as he has been in all the pointless comedies he has done recently. The music by Sajid Wajid is decent, if not spectacular.
Now the negatives (this may take a long time, but I’ll try to stay reasonably concise). Sonakshi Sinha – she has very little to do in this film, but still manages to annoy intensely every time she comes on screen. Neither a looker nor an actor, Sinha has very little going for her, and it is highly doubtful that she would have ever got a film offer if it wasn’t for her legendary father. I look forward to the day Bollywood gets over it’s South Indian remake/masala movie phase, and hopefully we won’t have to see any more of her on screen.
The film is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali………..the same ‘artistic’ director who made the OTT Devdas, the blue film (not in that sense) Saawariya, and the unofficial sequel to Koi Mil Gaya, which he called Guzaarish (check out Hrithik Roshan’s mannerisms – some of them are identical to his retard act in KMG). Bhansali apparently produced this ‘because he loved watching masala films’. Bullshit Mr Bhansali, you have made this to recover the losses made from your last few directorial disasters.
Now to the director, South Indian dancing sensation Prabhudheva. I enjoyed his last Hindi venture Wanted, (potentially because I haven’t seen the Telugu film Pokiri, starring Mahesh Babu, which Prabhudheva remade into Tamil). I also enjoyed his directorial debut Nuvostanante Nennodantana, his adaptation of Maine Pyar Kiya starring Siddharth and Trisha Krishnan. But the way Prabhudheva has directed RR is frankly shameful – most of the scenes in the film are scene-for-scene copies from the Telugu original – even the screen announcing the interval in the film are almost identical. The new touches added to the film, such as cameos in the Chintata song at the start of the film seem largely pointless as well – Vijay may be a huge star in Tamil cinema, but does anyone in the rest of India even know who he is? Clearly not, which is why Akshay has to proclaim ‘Superstar Vijay’ before he makes his entry on screen.
By now, RR has fulfilled it’s purpose – earning the team behind it crores. The producers have been very wise in releasing the DVD’s and Blurays very quickly (10 weeks after theatrical release) – this is the only way to cash in on the film, because this is one that will fade from memory very, very quickly.