MGR & Rajini
Director Baba Bhaskar has made two smart things to attract and impress the audience, especially those from the so-called B & C centres.
First, after deciding that a slum is the backdrop of the story, he has borrowed the title ‘Kuppathu Raja’ from the makers of a super hit movie of the yesteryear, starring superstar Rajinikanth in the lead.
Second, he has named an important character as MGR. But, are these things enough to sustain the interest of the audience? Come, let us check out.
A slum in Chennai is ruled by M G Rajendran aka MGR (R Parthiban). An ardent fan of MGR and a do-gooder, people living in the slum look up to him for all important things.
Rocket (G V Prakash Kumar), a youth in the area, is the son of Rajendran’s aide (MS Baskar). He is a happy go lucky youngster with a carefree attitude.
He falls in love with Kamala (Palak Lalwani), a girl from the same slum. When things appear to be going smooth, entry of Mary (Poonam Bajwa) and some anti-social elements change things in the lives of people in the slum.
A string of untoward and unexpected things happen, leading Rocket to take revenge on those who wreaked havoc on his life.
G V Prakash has lived up to his character, perhaps due to the training he had received from Bala (in ‘Naachiyar’) and Rajeev Menon (in ‘Sarvam Thaala Mayam’). Palak Lalwani is decent enough.
The only purpose of Poonam Bajwa is skin show and the purpose has been achieved. M S Baskar shines bright in his role, while Parthiban is another gem of the movie.
With Mahesh Muthuswamy’s cinematography and art direction elevating the quality of the movie, the director has added some interesting elements. Had he focussed more on presenting novel scenes and gripping narration, ‘Kuppathu Raja’ would have ruled the roost.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5