‘If someone we love leaves our world, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, one day or the other our life will also change according to our wish’. The 25-yr old Atlee has picked up an intense theme that takes you through an emotional journey for the next 140 minutes. As you keep watching the film, there’s a wide chance to relate it easily with Mani ratnam‘s Mouna Raagam, Vasanth’s Rhythm and Surya‘s Sillunu Oru Kadhal. But Raja Rani puts an end to the similarities within a few minutes into the film and you tend to forget the other reference.
Produced by Fox Star Studios in collaboration with AR Murugadoss Productions and The Next Big Thing, the film stars Aarya, Nayantara, Jai and Nazriya Nazim in lead roles with Sathyaraj, Santhanam and Sathyan in important characters.
The film opens with John (Arya) and Regina (Nayantara) entering wedlock and when it’s time to place the wedding rings, the girl vows the name of Surya that shocks her father James (Sathyaraj) and brings smile to John. Apparently, they get married and the rest is what you see in the teaser with both of them posing as poles apart. In an unexpected turn, John is appalled to see Regina attacked with epilepsy and is immediately rushed to hospital. The story takes a turn from there as she narrates her buried past to John. But what she doesn’t know is his very own desolated life. When they start believing that there is a beautiful life left ahead of them, their emotions keep its play and what adds more to it is the surprise element that they unlooked-for.
Nayantara is the first person to be praised. It’s a strong comeback and the best ever performance from the actress till the date. Arya keeps up his usual show and conveys his emotions through the eyes. Jai outmatches his own performance and his role, though short in duration is awesome. Nazriya Nazim looked beautiful in Neram, but her characterisation is very well etched here. Santhanam carries out the humour quotient with his own panache and ‘Naan Kadavul’ Rajendran as his boss is a huge laughter. No doubt, Sathyaraj is going Big B’s way by performing the commendable roles. His portions bring out more emotions, especially during the last minutes of this film. The flashback scenes involving Jai-Nayantara is so appealing that it keeps the moist in your eyes, whereas, the second hour that travels across Arya-Nazriya zone is too normal and little dragging. Nevertheless, Atlee brings back the momentum in the last 30 minutes with a climax that takes your standing ovation.
GV Prakash Kumar is the show-stopper here and his background score binds you so much to the film. Not to miss the songs ‘Hey Baby‘, ‘Chillena‘ ‘Aey Pappa‘ have been filmed well. A brilliant start by cinematographer George Williams for creating a fresh ambience on the screens. Ruben’s editing is so crisp and unlike his mentor Anthony, he doesn’t go for abrupt cuts.
Overall, Raja Rani is sure to make a big mark in the box office and will be an all time feel-good family entertainer. Well, if your hearts are heavy with so much of emotions, there’s another version that comes with behind the scenes bloopers during the end credits that turns you crazy with laughter.