Jeeva learns about his look-alike Raja and goes on a search to find him. Soon, men start chasing him thinking him to be Raja. Who are they and why do they want Raja?
What will you do when you learn that there is another person who looks exactly like you? Obviously, you will feel an urge to meet this person at the earliest and that is what Jeeva (Nakul) experiences when he comes to know about the existence of Raja, his look-alike. So, he leaves Himachal Pradesh hoping to meet Raja, who is said to be in Chennai. It is thus Prithvi Rajkumar gets the plot of
Naan Rajavaaga Pogiren
rolling. Gradually, Jeeva learns about Raja, his friends, his romance with Valli (Chandini) and the trouble that he gets into because of this very romance. But, soon enough, Jeeva finds himself turning into the target of Raja's adversaries.
Take out the look-alike angle, and
Naan Rajavaaga Pogiren
is very much in the genre of movies where a guy who takes on the responsibility of keeping a damsel in distress safe, a la
. Here, Valli, who suspects foul play in the death of Kamaraj (Manivannan), an activist campaigning against genetically modified crops, is being hunted down by Isakkimuthu Annachi (A Venkatesh), a powerbroker who represents foreign companies eager to sell their GMCs in India. With the track involving Jeeva, director Rajkumar tries to give a fresh spin to this familiar masala but succeeds only to an extent.
He manages to maintain the mystery around Raja's present whereabouts till the very end, genuinely surprising us with a twist. He even leads us on with a few red herrings — Jeeva takes flight while Raja fights,
Enga Veetu Pillai
is cheekily brought into the picture and there is even an indication of romance between Jeeva and Reema.
It is in instalments that we come to know about Raja's life and through people who were close to him. We learn about Raja's college life, friends and his kickboxing skills from his military friend who sets Jeeva on this journey; from Reema (Avani Modi), his best buddy who harbours a one-sided love for him, tells about Valli's entry into their life; through Wahab, the third member of the Three Musketeers with Raja and Reema, we understand their troubles; and finally, we come to know of what eventually happened to Raja from Valli. The sad part is that this reads better on paper than when executed on screen for this framing device soon turns monotonous with every new character breaking into a flashback. There is a lot of talk even when we are being shown the very things.
Rajkumar, who relies on melodramatic cliches to sail through the emotional moments, overdoes them at times. In the scene when Reema is about to propose to Raja, Valli literally comes in between them. But he doesn't stop there and goes for a shot of Valli (unknowingly) stepping on the rose meant for him. A protest takes place with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the foreground and when the crowd disperses following a shower, he cuts back to the dripping statue! The dialogues, by Vetri Maaran, turn a bit too idealistic in the portions involving Manivannan (who speaks with a slur) lending a propagandist feel. And, the commercial compromises made by the director in the form of badly-placed and hardly memorable songs (including an item number by Bollywood actress Zarine Khan) never let the story pick up steam and drains the film of the nail-biting tension required to make it work well.