Raghava Lawrence Snigdha, Kamna
Jethmalani, Meenakshi, Mumtaj,
summer season seems to be getting
a move on. April was a bit subdued
with Ayan being the only big
draw and the normally jam packed
April 14 not having any big
offerings to make. It did seem
for a while that the IPL may
keep out the big guns until
the last week of the month.
But, it is confirmed that Sarvam
is ready for this Friday and
joining it will be Rajadhi Raja.
The trend of using titles of
old hits, especially Rajini
starrers is finding a lot of
patrons, not just Dhanush. This
time it is Raghava
and director Shakthi Chidambaram who have
joined the list. As in most cases, this
Rajadhi Raja will have only the title in
common with the Rajini starrer, the movie
is totally new and different.
Rajadhi Raja will project Raghava Lawrence
in a way that is very close to how he is
in real life. His involvement in many charitable
activities is well known; the lead character
of Rajadhi Raja is one who strives to ameliorate
the lives of the downtrodden. He promotes
education and empowerment. There will be
6 leading ladies along with Lawrence in
the movie. They are Snigdha (kathazha kannale
fame), Kamna Jethmalani, Meenakshi, Mumtaj,
Sameeksha and Kiran. All 6 of them, especially
Kamna, Mumtaz and Sameeksha haven’t
had much success of late and will be banking
on the movie’s success to recharge
their careers. Mumtaj, one hears, will be
seen in a very strong and different role
as someone who rises to power from the lower
strata of the society.
Talking about the director of the movie,
Shakthi Chidambaram, who has also handled
the story, screenplay and dialogue; he is
not the type of film maker known for strong,
socially relevant subjects and very serious
treatment, having made enjoyable flicks
like Englishkaaran. Though, the storyline
of the film seems to suggest something different.
But, the director cleared all doubts saying
that this film too will be in his trademark
style but will contain a meaningful story.
Shakthi Chidambaram has also turned producer
with Rajadhi Raja, floating the Cinema Paradise
The surprise element of Rajathi Raja is
its music. Karunas turns composer for the
first time (we never knew that he had serious
musical talent). It will be interesting
to hear the kind of music that he has come
up with. He has also played a part on screen.
Ravi Maria also forms part of the cast.
Raghava Lawrence has quite a good record
as a lead actor with his last two films
Muni and Pandi doing a fair bit at the box
office. He will definitely be looking to
keep the momentum going. Let’s wait
and watch how Rajadhi Raja works!