A well-crafted, well-polished “entertainer” that should do Atlee’s mentor Shankar, very proud. ‘Raja Rani’ will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. As far as staying with us after we leave the theater, am less sure about it. The movie does not register at an emotional level, despite deserving your undivided attention.

While engaging us well with humour, well-timed songs and ample twists and turns, the narrative is in a very familiar territory (hint: that Mani Ratnam film that’s hard to ignore). If placing two ‘Mouna Raagam’ templates back-to-back isn’t enough to ask of us, the first half is barely passable ’cause Jai is made to repeat his ‘Engeyum Eppodhum’ docile boyfriend routine for the major part of the back story.

The second half picks up very well, thanks to Santhanam (his bankable witty one-liners literally save the day) and Nazriya Nazim (her hassle-free acting). The moment they leave the second flashback, the story comes to a screeching halt and the movie struggles through a less than satisfying climax (again, strong strains of ‘Mouna Raagam’).

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