Given that this was a tribute film in many ways, one feels let down, as the matinee idol's name is dragged in a film that otherwise would be just another normal commercial potboiler. Give it a try if you like old school masala films.
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Yuvaraja is the righteous do-gooder, who lives with his idealistic mother. He falls in love with Pallavi, and when pursuing her, he gets to know more about his past and his uncle who wronged him.
This film is touted to be a sequel of sorts to late Sandalwood superstar Vishnuvardhan's Simhadriya Simha. It is also a vehicle to propel his son-in-law Anirudh as a mass hero. While the film uses ample references to the later actor and also uses his landmark film titles to introduce Anirudh, the story seems quite old-school formulaic in its treatment, which seems at least a decade too late at times.
The film begins in the most massy style — with a big fight and an introduction song to follow. What follows then is the typical drama-comedy-song-fight routine, which have all the commercial cinema staples. There is a comical villain, there is a menacing villain, there are comic sidekicks of the hero, there is an item song, there is a sweet heroine and then the glamorous hottie, too. The bonus the filmmaker has is the permission to use the legacy of a Sandalwood legend and his footage in the film.
What falters is with a rather messy screenplay, which is quite archaic. Films today have moved on from portraying a manic rapist, land-and-power-hungry zamindar as the villainous prototypes, and instead are more contemporary. One wishes this filmmaker, too, had moved on and given a contemporary twist to the sequel, rather than trying and go back in time, especially since Anirudh seems to have given his all for this massy makeover.
Nikita Thukral and Sanjjanaa add the glamour bit, especially with the latter providing a raunchy number that is aimed to please the front benchers. But, given that this was a tribute film in many ways, one feels let down, as the matinee idol's name is dragged in a film that otherwise would be just another normal commercial potboiler. Though, do give it a try if you like old school masala films.