‘Radhe Shyam’ Movie Review: Mystic Astro-Love

Movie: Radhe Shyam
Rating: 2.75/5
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To throw: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Krishnam Raju, Bhagyashree, Sachin Khedekar, Kunal Roy Kapur, Priyadarsi, Jagapathi Babu, Murli Sharma, Riddhi Kumar, Sasha Chettri and others.

The music: Justin Prabhakaran

Cinematography: Manoj Paramahamsa

Production designer: R Raveendar

Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao

Ring: Resul Pookutty

Producers: Vamsi, Pramod and Praseedha

Written and directed by: Radha Krishna Kumar

Release date: March 11, 2022

Prabhas is one of India’s biggest superstars. With his tall and handsome looks, he has already proven that he can effortlessly transition from action roles to romantic characters.

After an action film like “Saaho”, Prabhas now offers a pure romantic tale. “Radhe Shyam” was aggressively promoted as a romantic thriller, and promotions for the film generated huge hype.

Let’s discover its merits and demerits.

The story is set in the mid-1970s. Vikramaditya (Prabhas), the Einstein of palmistry, falls in love with Prerana (Pooja Hegde) at first sight. She works as a doctor in Rome. Vikramaditya can predict the future. He is never wrong.

Such a renowned palmist is in love with a girl who, according to doctors, may not live long. She suffers from an incurable tumor.

What will be the fate of their love story? Can fate be changed?

Artist services:
The best part of the movie is that Prabhas looks his best. He is handsome and classy. His screen presence is fabulous. There are no fights in the film, but it does have some emotional moments to show off its performing skills.

Pooja Hegde is so beautiful. As Prerana, she is lovely and fits the character well. She looks fresh as a daisy.

Krishnam Raju as a blind astrology guru brings gravity. Jagapathi Babu, although a short role, had some impact.

Bhagya Shree also made his good screen presence, but the emotional connection with the protagonist is not much established.

The purpose of Kunal Kapoor’s character is not achieved at all.

Sachin Khedekar as Pooja’s uncle is the only notable actor among dozens of actors, who have nothing to do but act out scenes.

Technical Excellence:
The striking part is Manoj’s cinematography in addition to the production design. Artistic director Ravinder created stunning sets.

Justin Prabhakaran’s music is a weak thread in this visually appealing film. “Ee Raathale” and “Nagumomu” performed better on audio but they fail to create the same impact with video. Better songs would have made a big difference.

Thaman’s background score helped the film the best.

Strong points:

Sumptuous visuals
Great production design/values
The looks of Prabhas and Pooja Hegde
A few poetic moments


Weak songs
No multiple dimensions

To analyse
Prabhas’ high-profile standout “Radhe Shyam” is a love story, pure and simple. There are no fights. There is also no villain in this love story, other than fate. Conflict also comes from fate, not from humans. Somehow, the love story doesn’t follow a regular formula.

We have seen several films based on the concept of reincarnation. It’s a love story with a background of palmistry and astrology. This is the point of difference as far as novelty is concerned.

The disappointment of this big-budget film leaves no room for seasoned actors. Bhagyashree is introduced as Prabhas’ mother and also a classical dancer. Other than three or four scenes, she gets nothing in the story. The purpose of his presence in this story is not established. There is a character played by Kunal Roy Kapoor who also appears in two scenes. Priyadarshi appears as one of many doctors.

Not developing proper characterizations for all of these characters shows a nudge to the director.

Not to say that the film is devoid of interesting moments. The conversation between Prabhas and Krishnam Raju on palmistry and astrology, and the episode involving Riddhi Kumar and the train sequence hold our interest. Pooja Hegde finding the twist is also another beautiful moment.

For any love story, songs pump life. From Manirathnam’s Geetanjali and Sakhi to Sekhar Kammula’s recent love story, songs play a crucial role in bringing love stories to the hearts and souls of the audience.

“Radhe Shyam” ends up with miserably ordinary songs.

Also, the 1970s period setting of the film bears no relation to the main conflict/story. The whole attempt seems pretentious and superficial. It didn’t do anything other than increase the manufacturing budget.

“Radhe Shyam” is one of the most expensive productions in Indian cinema. No wonder the film has stunning visual and production values. But underneath the glossy veneer, the film feels shallow.

This is only for multiplex audience but not for single screens. The masses barely tune into this love based on astrology. Making this movie with a pan-Indian mass hero like Prabhas may turn out to be a commercial mistake. But it is certain that this film will appeal to the public who have faith in astrology. In fact, this film scores more points as an astrological film than as a love story.

At the end of the line : thin line of love

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