As Christmas approaches it is time for the final offerings of the year from Bollywood and one of them appeared last Friday. This is the much publicized film R .... Rajkumar directed by Prabhu Deva where the lead roles were undertaken by Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. In spite of the huge potential of the lead stars, the film has proved to be rather disappointing. This is one experiment which has turned out to be a major misadventure.

The story of the film revolves round Shahid who is named Rajkumar. He is a roadside Romeo type of character who arrives at a village Dhartipur. He comes in contact with Chanda – his lady love who is the niece of Parmar (Ashish Vidyarthi). Parmar and his rival Shivraj (Sonu Sood) terrorize the village and indulge in rather meaningless gun battles. Rajkumar joins Shivraj and rises in rank. Through him, a deal is struck between the two gangs and Parmar offers the hand of his niece to Shivraj to seal the deal. Hence begins a love triangle.

The fact is that there is nothing new to the story or the cinematography and the film hos nothing to attract the audience. The only redeeming factor is definitely Gandi baat but that has already been flashed a million times on the trailer. Saree ki fall se appears repetitive but still gets a good response. However, Shahid Kapoor is a complete mismatch for the film.

Though he tries to reinvent himself as a tough action hero, he falls far short of the machoism of Salman Khan or Akshaye Kumar. His boyish charm is what the audience loved and that is the feature that he should emphasize on. Sonakshi has performed well, but the chemistry between the lead pair was almost completely missing.

Sadly, R .... Rajkumar s a sameness and repetitive feel to it. The same sequence, the same dialogues, the same situations, the same stunts soon create a feeling of boredom and you are waiting for either something to happen or to get it over with. The first half utilizes the dancing skills of Shahid. But with Prabhu Deva as the director, more emphasis was expected on the choreography. The second half is highly predictable and you can skip it altogether and still say (correctly) what is going to happen. All the actors including those in the negative roles have huge potential, but the story and the dialogues failed to let them do justice to their roles.