By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Monday 7 November 2005
Mammootty, Manoj K Jayan, Padmapriya, Sindhu Menon
Mammootty has reinvented himself in a new avatar as Rajamanickam, an illiterate buffalo dealer who speaks the Trivandrum lingo to perfection. The film is 2 hours and 10 minutes with Mammootty walking in 23 minutes after the film starts. From then on he takes over lock, stock and barrel with his immense screen presence, charisma and new-found comedy timing.
A feudal lord Rajaratnam Pillai (Saikumar) is an uncrowned king with a large business empire in a small town Udayankoil on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border. He marries for second time after his wife passes away leaving a son Raja Selvam (Manoj.K.Jayan) behind. Later they have a daughter Rani (Sindhu Menon) who is always at loggerheads with Selvam.
Meanwhile the second wife had a son whom she had refused to acknowledge at the time of her marriage. The guy Rajamanickam grows up as an orphan in Bellary to become ?Bellary Raja? a local thug and rich buffalo dealer. His right-hand man is Raju (Rahman), Varkichan (Bheeman Raju) and Dasappan (Salim Kumar).
Rajaratnam is framed in a murder case by son Selva with the help of Nadar (Ranjit). He dies broken hearted not before writing his will that his huge assets will be looked after by ?Bellary Raja? for the next 25 years! Thus Rajamanickam comes with his friends to Udayankoil to implement his father?s last wish of uniting Selvam and Rani and settling scores with Nadar. The fun begins!
What makes Rajamanickam a racy entertainer is Shaheed?s script and Rasheed?s fast paced narration though they had no story to say in the second half. Mammootty is a revelation and he is a treat with his dialogue delivery, mannerisms and crude ways. He has come out with a knockout performance. Others in the cast have nothing much to do and we wonder why Padmapriya and Rahman were a part of this film? Songs and re-recording is nothing to write about.
Rajamanickam is a roller coaster ride of pure unadulterated masala comedy.
Verdict: Fun Unlimited!