Actor Prabhas, whose previous movies including the Baahubali universe and Saaho were completely inclined to action blocks, is back to the romantic avatar with Radhe Shyam. Directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, the film features Prabhas and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles.
Set against the backdrops of Italy in the 70s, Vikramaditya (Prabhas), a palmist has never believed in the concept of love and relationship, as there are no love lines on his palm. When he comes across a beautiful and vibrant doctor Prerana (Pooja Hegde), he develops strong bonding with her. However, will they overcome the fate of pre-written destiny and unite or succumb to the hands of fate.
Director Radha Krishna Kumar deserves appreciation for his excellent idea of crafting a love story interwoven with a unique plot. Although the palmistry factors that endorse a peck of fantasy keep showing up now and then, it’s predominantly, the love factors that keep us engrossed. It’s so nice to see a breezy love story after a long time without single action blocks, bloodshed, or heart-wrenching moments. The complete film comprises feel-good moments, and it’s going to be a treat for romantic drama lovers.
Prabhas and Pooja Hegde are the pillars of this film, and they have exhibited flawless performances throughout the show. There are many sequences in the film that sparkle smile on our lips. One such moment is where Prabhas and Pooja have their conversation by fogging up the window and writing over it accompanied by kids. The duo gives a stellar performance during the pre-intermission sequence, which is sure to gain the applause of audiences. The other actors have delivered a decent spell as well. Be it Sathyaraj, Sachin Kendarkar, Jayaram, or other prominent actors, all of them have a decent scope to perform, and they have done justice as well.
Director Radha Krishna Kumar’s vision is so splendid and he has translated them into visuals with decorous craftsmanship. The background score by SS Thaman and cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa are the heart and soul of this movie. They make even some dull moments look amazing. Justin Prabhakaran’s songs are good, but they look slightly alien to the Tamil region. The first half begins on a light note; there are few moments, where one might feel that narration is plain. However, as the story reaches the point of intermission with a twist, the momentum gets intense; it is retained throughout the second half. The unpredictable climax with a perfect ending is the best among all the scenes in Radhe Shyam. The grandeur in climax involving shipwreck across the ocean is the top of all attractions.
As on whole, Radhe Shyam is watchable for the simple yet engrossing love story, magical visuals, brilliant BGM, and cute performances by the lead actors.
Verdict: A feel-good love story that steals your attention in many places.