Kathalo Rajakumari Story:
Arjun (Nara Rohith) is a superstar, famous for his roles as a menacing villain in many films. Shourya (Naga Shourya) is an actor who doesn't get enough recognition despite playing roles of a justice-seeking hero on screen. What happens when the line between real life and reel blur for Arjun? Can his childhood friend, Sita (Namitha Pramod), show him a way out?
Kathalo Rajakumari Review:
When a debutant director comes out with a script and compares his 'feel-good film' to blockbusters like 'Ninnu Kori' and 'Fidaa', one goes in with high expectations.
'Kathalo Rajakumari' charts the journey of 'box office king' Arjun (Nara Rohith), who plays grey characters to the T and has a reputation of being menacing in real life too. There's a dialogue that is used to introduce his character, "Vadu screen meedaee villain, screen venakarakshashudu." (He's a villain on screen and a demon when off it.) But that's how far the director goes to establish his character as evil, because everything else that follows — womanising, an accident, manipulation, etc. — nothing ever seems to establish him as the villain he's supposed to be.
When a date calls him out as an 'evil monster', he gets drunk, and the subsequent accident makes him question his life. For him, the best solution seems to lie in seeking answers from the famous villains in the film industry, till one of them suggests he seek out the villain in his life to get some closure. The villain in his life just happens to be his childhood friend, Sita (Namitha Pramod), a half-saree wearing village belle who's the apple of everyone's eyes. She runs a failing nursery in her mother's memory and Arjun walks into her life, set to destroy her.
The reason for her being the antagonist in his life is so childish and juvenile, it makes one question why a grown up man would still hold on to the grudge. The fact that he has always been in love with her, and hence, is still hurt because he thinks she betrayed him, does not justify anything else that follows. In fact, nothing in this movie really makes sense. People die because their sons played a prank on a teacher and 'they cannot live with the shame'; the said teachers are left traumatised by a firecracker that wasn't even a 100-wala and revenge plots are made with ideas jotted down on white boards and on recorders, just waiting to be found.
Forget the motivations of the leading protagonist; the whole film seems like something only a child could dream up, with trivial incidents leading to catastrophic consequences. And of course, because this is a Tollywood film, the protagonist has a golden heart deep down all those layers of 'evil'!
Nara Rohith delivers just about an okay performance and Naga Shourya has an extremely limited role to play. Nandita's cameo that is supposed to set off a chain of events is weak and Namitha is decent in a role that seems right out of a TV serial.
The verdict? You just might want to avoid this one.