Pan-India stars Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s period love drama, Radhe Shyam is carrying high expectations among the moviegoers. Directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, the film had released worldwide today. Let’s analyse it.
Story: Set in Italy backdrop in 70s time period, Radhe Shyam prominently showcases the love story between an Indian origin palmist Vikram Aditya ( Prabhas) and a doctor named Prerana (Pooja Hegde). How will Aditya cross paths with beautiful Prerana? How will destiny plays a conflict role in their love story, forms the crucial crux of the film.
Performances: Prabhas did his part perfectly and moulded himself into a class look. While his makeover in uber-cool attires is superb, the hairstyling and makeup for the hero are not done in an impressive manner. Due to the same, in most of the close-up shots, Prabhas’ noise part dominated the screen.
but his class makeover with trimmed beard and moustache Styling-wise, Prabhas is mostly seen in Neck Sleeves T-shirts and they suited him nicely.
Heroine Pooja Hegde is cute on-screen and her chemistry with Prabhas is presented in an adorable manner but could have been showcased in an even better manner. Her stylish looks and attires are done nicely to suit the 70s setup.
Krishnamraaju is okay in the cameo role as an astrologer Paramahamsa. Other artists such as Sachin Khedekar, Bhagyashree, Murali Sharma are fine in their supporting roles.
Technicalities: Coming to the music department, while the songs composed by Justin Prabhakaran are audible on-screen, happening music composer Thaman’s background score breathes life to the entire film as his sounding brings a fresh vibe to all the key scenes.
With his framing and lighting setup, the cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa has showcased the entire film on a grand note. His visuals are a major plus for the film as he brought the 70s feel on screen with his lens. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao is fine as he kept the runtime within limits.
Production design, the graphic and VFX work is done perfectly for this star-studded film. Last but not least, the production values for this massive scale project are rich.
Analysis: Director Radha Krishna Kumar kept his cent percent efforts to make this light-hearted love drama a visual feast for the audience. His work is clearly visible on the screen and Radha should be appreciated for taking the risky step of presenting Prabhas in a class look. But the main issue is with the contemporary Macho image of Prabhas. Instead of going ahead with a class treatment, if Radha would have inserted some action part into the proceedings, Prabhas fans would have been satisfied.
Radha Krishna Kumar would have taken care of Prabhas looks as the star hero lost the charm in his face and his hairdo is also not done in an impressive manner. Adding to it, the emotional drama between the lead pair is not showcased in a justifying way towards the climax.
To summerize, Radhe Shyam is a period love drama that has a grand setup and decent performances from the lead pair. But the thin storyline and class making dilute the audience’s mood as no one is ready to watch Prabhas in a darling character after gaining an action image post-Baahubali.
Verdict: Prabhas disappoints!