Madhura Raja review: This one is a masala entertainer
The highlight of Madhura Raja is definitely Mammootty’s dedicated performance.
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 12 April 2019
Mammootty, Anusree, Jagapathy Babu, Jai
If you are aware about what to expect from director Vysakh, considering his earlier blockbusters like Pokkiri Raja, Seniors, Mallu Singh, Sound Thoma and of course Pulimurugan, the loud and colourful settings of Madhura Raja won’t come as any surprise. This movie is a sequel to the director’s debut venture, Pokkiri Raja, which came in 2010.
There are characters, dialogues and the style to remind the earlier version and it takes some time before Madhura Raja (Mammootty) becomes part of the action.
It is actually the villain, hooch baron Natesan (Jagapathi Babu) who is introduced first, with his cruelty in display. Twenty five years later, Natesan is virtually ruling the island, doing crimes and covering it up with some charity activities.
When Raja’s father Madhavan Master (Nedumudi Venu) has an issue with the cops who are favouring Natesan, Chinna (Jai) is sent. Madhura Raja appears when things become more serious.
With his comical ways, English dialogues and heroics, Madhura Raja takes control of everything from the moment he appears on screen. He has a huge gang of cronies with him but when Raja has to take on rivals, he does it all himself.
It is evidently shown from the start that this one is a masala entertainer, which is not to be taken too seriously. The story is predictable and the pace may be uneven, but Vysakh has packaged Udayakrishna’s script as an engaging ride.
On being asked where his younger brother Soorya (the role played by Prithviraj in Pokkiri Raja) is, the comment comes, “he is busy directing his movie.” Such smart lines make Madhura Raja entertaining. The visuals by Shaji Kumar are delicious and Gopi Sundar’s music adds to the effect.
The highlight of the film is definitely Mammootty’s dedicated performance. The hero looks handsome and is amazingly flexible. Jai and Jagapathi Babu are fine, while Anusree scores as a fiery resort owner. Sunny Leone’s item dance has a limited effect.
Madhura Raja is no less than a treat for the fans of Mammootty. It’s a fun ride that can be watched with a tub of popcorn. Go for it!
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