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Raaj – The Showman - Review

Written by: By: Shekhar H Hooli
Published: Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:53 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Earlier, director Prem had team up with Hat-trick hero Shivaraj Kumar for the movie Jogi. Prem-Shivanna combo had bombed the Box office and created a new milestone in the history of Kannada film industry. Now, Prem has joined hands with Shivanna"s brother Power-star Puneet Rajkumar for the big budget movie Raaj – The Showman. But the movie seems to have failed to reach the expectations that it had created before its release.

The Puneet-Prem combo movie Raaj – The Showman is a sweeping action-colourful extravaganza. Puneet Rajkumar"s performance, V Harikrishna"s music, Mungaru Male fame S Krishna"s camerawork, Different Danny"s action sequences are the highlights of the movie. Raaj - The Showman is certainly a film made on a huge canvas.

Each sequence and song will look huge and visually brilliant. The movie is digitally graded and technically very sound. The fight sequence in Kanakapura and a jumping sequence from a high rise building are major thrilling sequence of the movie Raaj – The Showman. The movie has certainly entertaining moments in the first half and brilliant sentimental and fantastic acting sequences in the second half.

Muththuraj (Puneet Rajkumar), a shepherd, dreams of becoming an actor. His father advises him not to dream of acting career, but he elopes from home to become a star. At first, he plays small roles in a few movies. Later a director offers him a hero role. The heroine Parvathy (Nisha Kothari) hates to act with him. Meanwhile, her distant relative plans to marry her. What happens next will form the rest of the story.

Powerstar Puneet Rajkumar appears in totally different get-ups. He also does the 'Krrish act' in this movie. He has shown a lot of energy in fight as well as song sequences. His performance is the biggest attraction of the movie. Even Priyanka Kothari (Nisha Kothari) rocks the audiences. Her character provides the most important twist in the film.

V Harikrishna"s music, which was released five months ago, has already proved a big hit. All the songs - Muththuraja Kalitta Kade, Hey Paro, Poli Ivanu, Kuch Kuch Anthidhe and Raaja Heluvaagella – have got excellent visual as well as musical effects. Remix song will show Puneet in a new light and he dances like Dr Raj, Vishnu and Ambareeesh. That song will be the major highlight of the film.

Award winner cinematographer, Mungaru Male fame S Krishna"s camerawork is excellent. After facing lots of problems while shooting for Raaj in breath-taking locations with extremely different weather conditions, he has contributed a wonderful visual effect to the movie.

However, the movie Raaj - The Showman is a showcase of abundance of technical talent in the Kannada film industry. The film has been made with rich production values. Despite having everything, the movie Raaj – The Showman has failed to meet the expectations due to lack of a good script.


Producer: Suresh Gowda, Shrinivasmurthy

Director: Prem

Cast: Puneet Rajkumar, Priyanka (Nisha) Kothari, Jayapradha, Ambika, Jayamala, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Jayanthi, Roopa

Music: V Harikrishna

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