Blend of action and emotion

Shivarajkumar in ‘Vajrakaya’.

Shivarajkumar in ‘Vajrakaya’.  


Vajrakaya: (Kannada)

Direction: A. Harsha

Cast: Shivarajkumar, Avinash, Shubhra Ayyappa, Karunya Ram, Nabha Natesh Padmaja RaoSumanJayasudha

A recent trend in Kannada films, be it original or remake, has been to use the landscape of a dusty north Karnataka village as the backdrop to project the protagonist. His mission there is usually against feudal lords or underworld goons, or to unite a fractured family. Director A. Harsha follows this pattern in Vajrakaya.

Offering a blend of action and emotions, Vajrakaya could prove a treat for not just Shivarajkumar fans alone. Harsha leaves no stone unturned to boost the star image of Shivarajkumar and has used three female leads. The film opens with a dance to project Shivarajkumar, where artistes from neighbouring States — Shiva Karthikeyan, Dileep, Ravi Teja, and Ravichandran — appear in cameo roles.

There is nothing out-of-the-ordinary about the story. Its strength, however, lies in the narration. Viraj (Shivarajkumar), initially perceived to be an orphan, learns that his father (Suman) was killed by his maternal grandfather, Huzoor, for marrying his mother (Jayasudha). Viraj is groomed by Avinash, Huzoor’s lieutenant. He learns about his birth secret when the parents of the girl he loves, Geetha (Shubhra Ayyappa), reject him for being an orphan.

The scene then shifts to ‘jungle kanive’ in a remote part of north Karnataka, where Huzoor does every illegal activity, including smuggling weapons. Viraj enters the village and after a lot of fights and emotional interactions, he succeeds in winning the heart of his grandfather and reunites with his mother.

The director falters in making the situation authentic. Though there was a chance for him to portray Huzoor’s fiefdom as a ‘wade’, he calls it ‘haveli’, a term used in northern parts of the country. Sadhu Kokila’s comedy sequences fail to gel with the story.

Instead of breaking monotony, they strain the nerves. While the first half is breezy, second half moves in a slow pace.

As a ‘one-man demolition squad’, Shivarajkumar excels in all the stunt scenes, especially in swordfight and horse riding scenes.

While Shubhra Ayyappa appears like a doll, Nabha Natesh grabs eyeballs with her performance. Actor Dhanush has lent his voice for the foot tapping song No Problem .


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