King & Kin
Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven
With his recent outings ‘Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada’ (helmed by Gautham Vasudev Menon) and ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ (by Mani Ratnam) giving a feel that Simbu aka STR has turned a director’s actor, a lot was riding on ‘Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven’.
For, the film is directed by Sundar C, who is known for delivering comedy-commercial blockbusters and it is bankrolled by Lyca Productions, a name associated with top-most stars and projects. Let’s check out how the movie is and start with the story.
Adithya (Simbu aka STR) is the grandson of Raghunanthan (Nasser), a super-rich businessman who lives in Madrid, Spain. Though Raghunanthan has all good things in life by his side, he is worried.
The reason for his grouse is- he had parted ways with his daughter Nandhini (Ramya Krishna), for marrying an advocate (Prabhu) against his wishes years ago.
Cut to present, Raghunanthan badly wants to reunite with Nandhini but is unable to do so. In a bid to fulfil his grandfather’s wish, Adithya comes to India on a mission.
Here, he finds his aunt leading a royal life and joins her house as a driver Raja. Nandhini has two daughters- one traditional (Catherine Teresa) and the other modern (Megha Akash).
Though Adithya aka Raja wants to marry the former, he settles with the latter after finding the traditional girl in love with another guy. The rest is all about how he fulfils his grandfather’s wish.
Simbu is in superb form and this film is going to be a treat for his die-hard fans, for he dances, fights, does comedy, and, more importantly, mouths punch dialogues.
But, fans of other actors and general audience may be disappointed for the script is too weak and looks very old. Sundar’s treatment is missing, may be because of the reason he might have wanted to faithfully stick to the original (Pawan Kalyan-starrer Telugu blockbuster ‘Attarintiki Daredi’).
Catherine Teresa and Megha Akash are regular heroines, while Ramya Krishnan, Nasser and Prabhu do justice. Others in the cast include Yogi Babu (in full form, once again), Robo Shankar, Suman and VTV Ganesh.
Gopi Amarnath’s visuals are grand and glossy, but the same can’t be expected from music director Hiphop Aadhi. Though the second half gets draggy, the first half and other parts are entertaining.
Rating: 3 out of 5