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Radhe Shyam review: A decent tale of love and destiny

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Movie: Radhe Shyam
Rating: 2.75/5
Cast: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Jagapathi Babu, Sathyaraj
Director: Radha Krishna
Produced By: UV Creations, T- Series
Release Date: March 11th, 2022

Finally, the much-awaited day has arrived and Prabhas is back with his first release in 3 years- Radhe Shyam. Promoted as a tale of love vs destiny, this romantic drama has definitely raised the movie lovers’ intrigue with its trailers with larger-than-life visuals. Shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi, the fans and makers have placed massive expectations on this pan-India biggie. Let’s see if it packs enough punch and brings another hit to Prabhas’ filmography.

Story: Set in 1976, Radhe Shyam is a tale of love that has to pass through the test of destiny. The story follows Vikramaditya (Prabhas) a palmist who flees to Europe from India and meets Prerana (Pooja Hegde). Radhe Shyam is a saga of war between Prabhas’ palmistry that reads out a 100 years life and medical science that gives just a few months to live. What happens next? Who would win in the battle between destiny and modern medical science? This is what the story follows.

As already expected, Prabhas is the whole and sole of the film and carries the entire film on his shoulder. He carries the mystique along with the intensity of Vikramaditya quite beautifully and is a treat to watch on screen. Barring a couple of scenes, Prabhas looks great in the film and the makers have done a great job of portraying him in a fresh look. The fun element of Vikramaditya’s character will certainly remind many of Darling and Mr. Perfect days Prabhas. Pooja Hegde looks great and carries her career-best look in this film. Her casting with Prabhas looks great on-screen and the pair share good chemistry. The movie has a number of other proven performers like Sathyaraj, Jagapathi Babu, Jayaram, Murali Sharma, Sachin Khedkar but none have well-etched characters to lend solid support to the narrative. Thaman’s BGM lends great value to some scenes in the film and he continues his great form here as well. Manoj Paramahansa captures the grandeur of this love story quite beautifully and his cinematography is the biggest strength Radhe Shyam

Analysis: Radhe Shyam has a terrific premise and in the age of routine commercial biggies, it definitely is a novel experiment. However, there are several glitches and half-baked elements in the story that end up as a huge letdown. This unique concept has been packed well with all the needed commercial elements. The lead pair chemistry is great and adds well to the movie’s flow. The score by Thaman is truly BGM is the heart of the film and adds great value to the film. Despite so much hype and so many elements going for the film, director Radha has failed to combine them effectively and present what could have been an epic love story. The editing and weak writing are other elements that act as major speed breakers to the film.

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Plus Points:

  • Visuals and production values
  • Prabhas and Pooja’s chemistry
  • Prabhas’ charecterization
  • Music

Minus Points:

  • Slow paced
  • Lack of emotional content
  • Weak charecterizations

Verdict: Radhe Shyam is a passable experience if you’re into grand visuals and a Prabhas fan. The movie looks great, is a visual feast, and has beautiful larger-than-life production values. On the flip side, the movie has not offered anything worth its budget and Prabhas’ stardom. Director Radha Krishna missed combining great raw elements in his hand into making what could have been a solid love story. Looking at the trend, this love story is definitely destined for big opening numbers. But its ability to sustain at the box office will definitely be tested.

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