Siddharth, aka Appu, is the ideal NRI, taking care of his father’s business and fighting for his native country’s pride. He falls in love with Nandini, a salsa instructor, and all seems to be going great. But, a tragedy brings him back to his roots in India and he uncovers a problem related to his family that he resolves to set right.
Raajkumara is one of the few mass films that has the charm of old-world family entertainers, while still retaining the sass and style related to films today. Santhosh Ananddram delivered one of Sandalwood’s biggest hits with his debut and his second film has extravagance and substance that hits the right note. The role is tailormade for Puneeth Rajkumar, blending the right amount of commercial elements.
The film scores high on technical aspects. The locations are an added bonus. The visual richness, blended with a screenplay that has a good mix of comedy, romance, action and melodrama, ensures one walks out with a good cinematic experience. The other notable point is the dialogues. They have the necessary zing, without going over the top like how most big hero films do.
Puneeth Rajkumar sizzles as Appu, packing in the punch with his fights while still holding restraint in the emotional scenes. Priya Anand makes a praiseworthy debut. R Sarath Kumar is enigmatic on screen, holding your attention when he is on screen. The entire ensemble cast, right from comedians Rangayana Raghu and Achyuth Kumar to antagonist Prakash Raj and veterans like Ananth Nag, HG Dattatreya and Bhargavi Narayan have interesting characters sketched out that entertain you.
Raajakumara has many allusions to thespian Dr Rajkumar, which is a treat for cinephiles. The film could have well been Puneeth’s 25th as it would have done justice to his fans. If you’re a fan of glossy big star films then Raajakumara is just the outing for you.