Monday, May 18, 2020

Raja The Great Movie review behind woods

  • Starring: Prakash Raj, Shreya reddy

    Direction: Priyadarshan

    Music: M. G. Sreekumar

    Production: Shailendra Singh

    Woman in Black Tank Top Sitting on Bed Holding a Plate

    Priyadarshan, the badshah of illogical comedies trying art house cinema? I was shocked too, but Priyadarshan has made many path breaking, award worthy creations which is just overshadowed by the comedy blockbusters he churned up the past few years. But will his magic still work? It does! and how?
    The only word which does succeed to come out of your mouth after seeing this masterpiece is 'WOW'. and I should thank Priyadarshan as I saw this movie on my birthday, what a birthday present he has blessed me with! "The best one ever!"

    It is a period movie set in the pre independence era in a small town of Kanchivaram in Tamil nadu, the protagonist Prakash Raj works as a Vengadam, the best silk weaver in the town. He pledges that he would provide a silk saree for his daughter when she is getting married, which becomes the talk of the town as a weaver simply can't afford such a humongous price. He does save up some money but his brother-in-law ruins his plans, so to attain the inevitable he starts stealing a single strand of silk from the workplace, every single day and secretly weaves a saree for his daughter for 19 long years. He is involved in communism and heads a strike against his owner who gives paltry amount to the weavers, which comes as a deterrent to his daughter's marriage, which is drawing near. As the day comes close, he has to finish the silk saree on time. What will Vengadam do now? Find out for yourself.

    The screenplay is so artfully done, the movie goes back and forth the time line with consummate ease. The editing is superlative. The street-play in the second half looked forced and the movie could have been better without it. The cinematography by Thiru is of international standards, the color tone gives the right background palate for Priyadarshan-the artist to work on. And the production design by Sabu Cyril just takes this art work to epic proportions.

    M.G.Sreekumar the musician sways us with his titling music, especially the lori which is sung when Prakash Raj and Shreya Reddy's daughter is born, which is reprised to melancholy effect during the tragic finale.

    The acting is of high order, leading the spectacular array of performance is the lead man of the story Prakash raj, whose portrayal of a Vengadam can only be termed as spectacular if not sensational. But such a great actor to whom all the emotions in the book comes so naturally is still having some trouble with getting his laugh right, his laugh always looks so forced and unnatural. Shreya Reddy as Vengadam's innocent wife has given a blinder of a performance. She did impress in her villainous role in Thimiru but she bowls everyone in the audience over by a performance which could even fetch her a national award. All the other actors do their job convincingly.

    Overall, this movie is a work of art, a beautiful sonnet, a beautiful painting.
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