After receiving Hosannas for his brilliant performance in Deiva Thirumagal, Cheeyan Vikram teams up with director Suseendiran who is known for his credentials in realistic flicks, for PVP productions Rajapattai. Taking a detour from his established image, Suseendiran attempts at whole length commercial potboiler that has all the necessary ingredients of a mass masala product.
Rajapattai could not have aimed at a better timing as the arc of the film is land mafia and land grabbing, the most topical one right now. Suseendiran has used the story of Seenu who has also co-directed the film.
It is a carnival for Vikram’s fans and you wonder is there any facet of emoting that this actor has not ventured in. It is a dovetailing of performance from this National Award winner who charms the audience with his theatrics. The Villadhi Villain number where Vikram comes in different get ups has the audience in raptures. Veteran director K Vishwanath is a cute delight with his youthful ideas on love and wooing. Rajapattai is going to fetch this octogenarian numerous fans from young population who would crave for such companions to buttress their love life.
Deeksha Seth is vacuous and is a downer in terms of looks and performance. In the supporting cast, Sana, the new find is effective and Arul Das as the comical villain evokes laughter. Pradeep Rawat and Thambi Ramiah have delivered a neatly crafted performance.
Yuvan’s music is just ordinary sans Podi Paiyyan Polave and other refrains don’t make a mark. Madhie’s camera angles especially in action sequences warrant mention. Kasi Viswanathan should be credited for delivering a crisp product of just 2 hours and 7 minutes.
Levity is enjoyable in Rajapattai and is situational. The ‘CBI’ questioning of Pradeep Rawat by different Vikrams is an example and so is the scene when Vikram’s friends keep the baddies at bay on Vishwanath’s wife’s death anniversary. “Kashtangalai ishtapattu seyyaravan daan inda Anal Murugan’ and ‘Avamaanam paarthaa award vaanga mudiyumaa?’ Bhaskar Sakthi’s sharp dialogues render the necessary punch be it humor or otherwise.
As the film‘s protagonist is a stunt man, action sequences are aplenty in Rajapattai. Anal Arasu’s hard work and Vikram and the co-artist’s dedication is praiseworthy, some of the shots being highly risky. The initial action scene at the temple, although choreographed well is a tad lengthy and could have been pruned.
The placement of the much publicized laddu laddu number with Reemma Sen and Shriya Saran after the climax when most of the audience populace has started walking out is quite perplexing. Vikram bringing in a complete stranger Vishwanath home just after listening to his 2 minute story does not fit in properly. The characterization of Pradeep Rawat lacks the fizz and Vikram scoring over him is a one sided match. To sum it all, Rajapattai is popcorn in its flavor satisfying Vikram’s fans totally.
Verdict: Rajapattai for Vikram’s fans and action lovers