The emphasis on style takes over the sharp writing that's quite visible in the first act. For all you know, Run Raja Run could have been a truly unique and quirky film in a long time.
Movie Review :
The film begins with a big issue which has the entire police department on its toes. Far from all this chaos, we have Raja (Sharwanand), who's struggling to get into a stable relationship; however, he never gives up. One fine day, he bumps into Priya (Seerat Kapoor) and realises that she's the perfect match for him. Soon, these two sub-plots criss-cross and it all boils down to how Raja saves the day in the end. At its outset, Run Raja Run feels remarkably fresh, thanks to a bunch of colourful characters. We have a hero, whose father is a vegetable vendor; a villain, who is a big fan of Michael Jackson and even has one of his popular songs as his ringtone and a bunch of other characters, who make quite an impression.
The film marks a comeback of sorts for Sharwanand, whose verve holds the film together for the most part. The actor finally gets a chance to dabble with something unique and he makes great use of the opportunity. Seerat Kapoor is likeable and she shares a great onscreen chemistry with Sharwanand. Some of the best scenes in the film include Sharwanand's innumerable attempts to impress Seerat and it's a treat to watch their budding romance. On the other hand, Sampath, who plays Police Commissioner Dileep Kumar, does a wonderful job. His character's wacky sense of humour and unconventional methods to get the job done make him one of the most intriguing villains we have had in recent times. Adivi Sesh's role is another big surprise element in the film, whereas Jayaprakash, who plays Sharwanand's father, is natural in his role.
Just when the film gets to a stage where you are willing to get ready for a joy ride, Sujeeth, the director, spins an intricate plot involving an elaborate con job, corrupt politicians without forgoing the comic side of the script. There's a distinct shift in the tone of the film and it turns into a comic-caper, which adds so many threads to the film that it becomes a never ending show reel about how to pull off a con job. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but when you have a choice between oddball characters doing quirky stuff and a message oriented plot, you would want rather settle with the former option.
Madhie's cinematography is gorgeous throughout the film and Ghibran's music is another asset. Sujeeth gets a lot of things right in his debut film; however, it still is a lost opportunity. The emphasis on style takes over the sharp writing that's quite visible in the first act. For all you know, Run Raja Run could have been a truly unique and quirky film in a long time. Alas, it ends up as a light-hearted entertainer which begins to take itself too seriously after a point and loses its edginess in the process.