Rajapattai Review

Vikram is an uninhibited actor. Whether it is a serious attempt at playing a mentally challenged father (Deiva Thirumagal) or an instinctive human-animal (Pithamagan), he's always game. Rajapattai has him playing a metrosexual clown named Anal (no typo there) Murugan aspiring to be an actor but working as a gym instructor. Rajapattai also has him embarrassing himself in some of the most opaque fight sequences I've seen this year. Vikram's presence is subdued by the colourful attire he's wrapped in. The movie is nauseously colourful. I don't believe I've seen this many shades of colour in one film. The colourless film, however, changed hands repeatedly between distributors and you'll have to see no longer than fifteen minutes to fill in the blanks.

The usual trick of luring the hero into enemy territory by holding the heroine hostage is apparent. More apparent is the screenwriting duo (Suseendhiran and Bhaskar Sakthi of Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai) shirking away from developing the lovers' relationship. For which, a use-and-throw track is brought to take over. Another expendable music number by Yuvan Shankar Raja accompanies footage of Vikram donning Hollywood characters ranging from Jack Sparrow to The Joker to Machete. However, it's only the makeup artist who has the right to feel anything close to pride. One of Murugan's aides has 'Why This Kolaveri Di' as his ring tone. Post production work must have finished at least a month ago. Performing a commercial tweak to bask in its shadow is, frankly, disgusting.

The filmmakers think they're breaking mould by introducing an elderly Brahmin as the lead character's date doctor, which is, contrary to the regular trend of satirizing Brahmins. It all boils down to reigning over corrupt politicians. It's a bit too late for that. Almost every movie this year has halted at that juncture.

Please avoid this trashy commercial unless you want to get tested for colour blindness. Kollywood showed promise by opening the year with Aadukalam, but what a climactic reminder of its indelible mediocrity, Rajapattai is.

Rajapattai, a trashy commercial, is a reminder of Kollywood's indelible mediocrity. Rating: 1 - Rohit Ramachandran