Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Review & Rating
Ispade Rajavum Idhayam Raniyum Review: A New-Age Romance Gone Wrong
Harish Kalyan who made himself a name with the last year's new-age romantic comedy, Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, has now come up with Ispade Rajavum Idhayam Raniyum, another different flavor of romantic drama. The Ranjit Jeyakodi directorial has created buzz with its content which should cater to the younger audience. Let's see if this film has given a boost to his fledgling career with Ispade Rajavum Idhayam Raniyum review.
Ispade Rajavum Idhayam Raniyum story
Gautham has a rough childhood with warring parents who finally part their ways. His mother leaves his father and marries another man. Gautham who misses the affection of a mother and growing up in a hostile family atmosphere grows up to be a fiery youngster. For his part, he is sincere and doesn't hesitate to call a spade a spade. He is as unbending as a spade and as sharp as its edge.
At the other end of the spectrum is Tara. Tara is a quintessential modern day young woman with her own views and an independant spirit. But she is practical. She loves to get things done than stuck up because of her feelings. Also, she doesn't hesitate to call out to people when she cannot bear with their behavior like she will do with our hero further in the movie.
Though Gautham doesn't accept it, his mother didn't leave his father just for another man. It was his father's rudeness and lacking in respect towards her that led to their separation. This created a sense of impatience and insecurity in him. Which he attributes to his anger management issues.
Tara and Gautham meet quite often like in any romance film and slowly they develop feelings for each other. Like in any modern-day romance film, Tara is engaged to another person and has to fight with her parents to call that budding relationship off. Meanwhile, She and Gautham come to an unmentioned understanding that each of them should respect the other as they are and take their deficiencies with a united agenda of keep moving their relationship forward.
But Gautham's overt possessiveness plays spoilsport and she has to finally leave him. This is the second time Gautham finds himself at the receiving end of a relationship. This leaves him devastated. How and if Gautham and Tara reunite and how he gets over his sense of loss form the rest of the story.
On the surface, the movie has a lot of potential to be a serious relationship drama. The movie starts on a promising note but nowadays everyone thinks of the Tollywood film Arjun Reddy when anger management issues crop up. And to add insult to injury, Harish Kalyan tried to imitate Vijay Deverakonda for the most part, especially during the emotional outbursts.
While Arjun Reddy was presented as an egotist and alpha male, here we get rationality behind the madness of our hero which is rooted in his childhood. This made us root for Gautham a bit more than Arjun Reddy. But this scores a few good points for the director than the actor. But one thing is sure. Harish Kalyan has what it takes to be an excellent actor. All he needs is good scripts to utilize his potential to the maximum. And also force him to create his own path.
Shilpa Manjunath is natural in her role. She is the biggest positive in the movie. Though she looked a bit more mature compared to Harish Kalyan (read: a bit older for the role she played), her acting capabilities are bordering on genius. Ma Ka Pa Anand and Bala Saravanan are good in their respective roles.
Writing and direction
The movie has everything to be a classic romantic drama that becomes a rage with the youth. Except for one thing. Despite all the positives in the form of narration, performances and well-defined characterization to the lead pair, the film lacks a soul. The direction is listless in a few scenes. The screenplay is good in the first half while it drags in the latter half. By the time we reach the final twenty minutes, we start to look for the exits. The climax is stretched beyond bearable levels.
The music and background score are good without being standout. The cinematography captured the mood quite well. Each scene and each shot are well defined and the color palettes used to depict various moods of the characters are simply first rate. The production design is okayish. The production values are good.
What could have been a raging success became a passable flick because of the tactless second-half execution. The climactic scenes are patience-testing. You could do one thing. Watch the first half and come out of the theatre. Then watch the rest when released on streaming services. (It will come out in a matter of weeks anyway, right?). Joking aside, Ispade Rajavum Idhayam Raniyum is another example for could-have-been-better sort of films.
- Overall concept
- The lead pair
- The second half could have been better
- Lead up to the climax dragged
Pycker Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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