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Rajasekharan is a petrol bunk manager and hotelier who leads a contented life with his wife and daughter. A chance encounter with a few goons, with whom his brother-in-law Ayyappan picks up a fight, leads to more revelations about Rajasekharan's eventful past and how he saves his dear and near from its residue impact.
is made for the gallery. It's a heroic tale complete with repeated close-ups, scuffles with rival gangs, a gripping flashback and signature gestures, all served with a dash of style. A strong spine of an engaging story line, which gives Mammootty enough space to showcase his prowess -both as a common man's actor and a mass hero, strengthens its appeal. Through a variety of get ups, stunt sequences and enough goons around to be pulped up in regular intervals, he entertains both his hard-core fans and those looking for an Onam entertainer.
Rajasekharan is a happily married man, who works as a petrol bunk manager and restaurant owner. Often nonchalant about interfering in any kind of unrest around him, all he wants is peace. A visit from his relative Swamy Ayyappan - who has a tendency to pick up fights only to end them garnering animosity from all quarters - drags Rajasekharan too into troubles. Goons, dons and policemen chase after his life and also start doubting the seemingly indefensible hero's identity. Just as the movie reaches its halfway mark, the man that he really is, what lies ahead of him his larger-than-life heroics slowly get unveiled.
Many sequences in the film remind you of masala Tamil movies, but it is assured filmmaking as far as commercial films are concerned, a tasteful mix of oft-used story situations in Indian cinema. The power of the film is the brilliant spacing of action by Mammootty and refreshing comedy by Joju George. Joju impresses both through action and comedy, beats up a decent number of thugs, and is also backed by a brilliant signature background score for his moves by Gopi Sundar, just as for Mammootty. The flashback sequences are captivating and strengthen the film with moments for the mass to cheer.
The oft-repeated mass film cliches like villains coming in groups helping hero beat them up by attacking him individually, dons who wear shades round the clock and roads reserved solely for hero's or villain's vehicles can be found in ample doses in Rajadhiraja too, but they are no downers.
is a winsome film with enough moments to entertain you this Onam season.