It's the kind of film that courtesy its title, makes you keep your car radio switched off on the drive back home.
With 'Radio Jockey' Rajasenan makes an attempt to turn new-gen, and starts with a disclaimer that this is the story of a girl that apparently has no resemblance to anyone living or dead. On the way out from the theatre, after the show, however happened to see a poster of the film that features none other than Angelina Jolie herself!! Phew!
So, the film is all about Kanmani Kaarthu (Nimisha Suresh), a radio jockey with 69.3 Super FM radio, who is back in the studio after a break of two years. Reason? The girl was detected with cancer, and having conquered the sickness she is back, and with a bang. Balu (Arjun Nandakumar) is the new RJ that had kept the station running during her absence, and before long, the duo fall in love.
I'm still wondering why Rajasenan has named his latest film 'Radio Jockey'. I do agree that his female protagonist is a radio jockey without doubt, but she is much more than that - in fact, you eventually forget all about her being an RJ. Folks, she is a film actress, a vociferous feminist and a cancer survivor to boot.
Not just that, here is a radio jockey who simply isn't satisfied with playing a song on the radio. She sings songs herself much to the delight of the local fisher woman, the chai waala, the auto rickshaw driver and the psycho fan who suspiciously behaves like a maniac in the making.
Rajasenan had managed to surprise us with unbelievable duds of late, and 'Radio Jockey' adds itself to the list in no time. Fifteen minutes into this mess of a film and you find yourself waiting anxiously for the end credits to start rolling and for the ordeal to end.
There is a mother - daughter thread in the film, with an actress who is young enough to be the heroine's younger sister, cast as her mother instead. The interactions between the mom and daughter turn out to be pretty much weird, and so are the conversational pieces that sound downright awkward.
Kaarthu is unable to make a decision when it comes to Balu, and his proposal. To accept or not is the big question that dangles right in front of her, and luckily she has a Hindu, a Christian and a Muslim friend at the radio station. She wastes no time and heads over to the temple, the church and the mosque to make that vital resolution. Believe me, if I were Balu, and if I knew of this non-denominational prayer request, I would catch the next flight to the Amazon jungles and stay safe.
Oh, and then Balu disappears, leaving Kaarthu and us in the lurch. The running time of 112 minutes is the sole support that you have on occasions as these, and you put up a brave front, telling yourself that irrespective of what has happened to Balu, peace will soon be restored again.
There is only one aspect of 'Radio Jockey' that I liked, which happens to be its lead actor. Arjun Nandakumar, is refreshingly good as Balu, and with neither a well written role or worthy dialogues to support him, still manages to hold his own in the film. Nimisha is pretty much okay, while it's Ria Saira who impresses us more with a credible performance.
'Radio Jockey' is the kind of film, when you constantly remind yourself that there is a world that is all bright and sunny outside the cinema hall. It's also the kind of film that courtesy its title makes you keep your car radio switched off on the drive back home.
1 out of 5 (Poor)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good