Madhura Raja Review: a single screen masala entertainer
The primary thing when you look at a movie like Madhura Raja is that whether there is a need for such a film. The mass masala genre should be there for sure as it is also a medium of entertainment. But to like a film like Madhura Raja, you have to be someone who is not a fan of reinvention. Madhura Raja might be a single screen movie intended for entertainment, but it has hardly anything in its content to make us revisit the film.
Madhavan Mash, the father of Raja and Surya goes to a village where he has to head an inquiry about a bar that causes trouble to a local school. The bar owners were a bit a rough on Madhavan Mash and the setback faced makes him call his elder son for help. The arrival of Raja and what happens after that is what Madhura Raja dealing with.
The sheer lack of reinvention or creative laziness is the reason why I just couldn’t like this film. The first half of this movie is almost a replica of Pokkiri Raja. The brother gets arrested by police, the father intervenes and gets insulted and thus the big brother arrives. The second half of the movie has the brother and younger brother angle having almost the same dynamic of Pulimurugan. Revenge and emotions are almost the same. It is pretty much like Udayakrishna took the first half of Pokkiri Raja and second half of Pulimurugan to create a Madhura Raja. The poor English character trait gets explored in the most annoying way possible.
Mammootty looks great in the attire and he has sort of mastered the art of blending nonsensical English even at the most emotional scenes. Jai is a glorified henchman of Raja and hardly makes an impression. Like Kamalinee Mukherji in Pulimurugan, here also we have an always angry leading lady performed by Anusree. Salim Kumar as Manoharan Mangalodayam offers a lot of witty moments and he was perhaps the only source of entertainment in this hastily written script. Jagapati Babu takes off the muffler to play another version of Daddy Girija.
The blame shouldn’t really go to Vysakh’s credit as the core reason why this film looks silly is the script by Udayakrishna. If you pay close attention you can clearly see that assembled nature of the script. The old school revenge, sudden romance, and so many clichéd elements are there and Vysakh has tried his best to cover up all that by making the visuals so glossy and stylish. But when your content is so lame, having visual grandeur is not going to make it any great. Towards the end, the movie felt like an exhausting experience and the announcement at the end added insult to injury. Gopi Sundar just made the madness all the more loud with his background score.
It seems like Raja will become a franchise soon. Well, this is his way of creating a franchise just like the way Rohit Shetty decided to make a universe comprising of Singham, Simmba, and Sooryvanshi. Malayalam cinema is known for having content, not for the lack of it; just reminding.
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