Movie Name: Radhe Shyam
Directed by: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Starring: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree, Krishnam Raju, Sachin Khedekar, Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sathyan, Jayaram, Raaj Vishwakarma, Flora Jacob, Sasha Chettri
Genre: Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 11 March, 2022
Language: Hindi, Telugu
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Budget: ₹350 Crore
A romantic drama set in Europe during the 1970s.
Radhe Shyam is an upcoming Indian period sci-fi romantic drama film written and directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, starring Prabhas and Pooja Hegde. The film is shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi languages. The film is produced by UV Creations, Gopi Krishna Movies and T-Series. Set in Europe of the 1970s, the film’s music is scored by Justin Prabhakaran with cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao.
Principal photography of the film commenced on 6 October 2018 with filming taking place in Hyderabad, Italy and Georgia. Originally planned for a release on 30 July 2021, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is now scheduled to release on 11 March, 2022.
The film was launched on 5 September 2018 tentatively titled as #Prabhas20. Veteran actress Bhagyashree is cast in a crucial role in the film. The film is a romantic drama set in 1970’s Europe.
Principal photography commenced on 6 October 2018. Filming took place in Hyderabad, Turin (Italy) and Georgia, after which it was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Filming resumed in Italy in October 2020. In December 2020, few crucial scenes were shot at the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. Final schedule of the film began on 25 June 2021 in Hyderabad. Filming was completed wrapped up on 28 July 2021.
The film was originally scheduled to release on 30 July 2021, however, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Later in July 2021, it was announced that the film will be released on 14 January 2022, coinciding with the festival of Sankranti, in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.
Radhe Shyam Movie Trailer:
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Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s film is packed with romance, songs, VFX, grand outdoors but not a lot of logic or good writing.
A renowned palmist, Vikramaditya, predicts that the country’s prime minister would declare Emergency in India, and it happen. In another instance, he tells a leading businessman to forget about politics and focus on taking over his family business. That man’s father dies exactly when the palmist said he would. He also rightly predicts that a train he just stepped out of, will meet with an accident, killing everyone onboard.
By now, I was convinced that Radha Krishna Kumar’s Radhe Shyam’s unique plot will serve us with something never-seen-before. Well, this is the least Prabhas fans would expect after a masterpiece like Baahubali. But, in no time, the film takes a turn towards sappy romance while still trying to fit in an unexplained twist wherever possible. It ends up becoming the cliche that we are perhaps most tired of seeing in Indian cinema.
Palmist Vikramaditya aka Aditya (Prabhas) and doctor Prerna (Pooja Hedge) have different belief systems. One believes in fate, destiny and that everything is written, while the other rather live with the rules of science and logic. But their love defies all logic and that’s where Radhe Shyam falters. Had it stuck to the novel idea it began with and made something intriguing out of it, Radhe Shyam could have been forgiven for trying to experiment, however unsuccessful it may have been at it. Switching it entirely into a period romance just didn’t work. And don’t even bother thinking why the title was Radhe Shyam, for I didn’t see any logic even there.
Nothing makes sense in Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s film about a palmist in love
Aditya, despite trying hard to not get into a ‘relationship’ and only stick to ‘flirtationship’ because he’s convinced he has no love line in his hand, falls in love with Prerna. As he hopes for a long life with her, fate has something else in store for them.
Set in the 1970’s Europe with pristine and scenic views, Radhe Shyam is beautifully decked up with old world charm giving it a fairytale touch. Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa has captured the gorgeous locales and lanes of Italy and Georgia in the most extravagant way. Each scene is a visual spectacle leaving you mesmerized with its backdrop. Even the houses and bedrooms of the film’s lead characters are lavish. The film is mounted on such a big scale with VFX that is top class. I only wish equal attention to detail was given to writing too because a well presented dish serves no purpose without an equally good taste.
Radhe Shyam suffers from frail and unconvincing writing. You want to believe in events as the story unfolds, but at times, they seem too juvenile and things just don’t add up. Prabhas and Pooja’s characters arcs needed a lot more depth and nuances. Even after 140 minutes, we know nothing about Aditya’s backstory, his rise to fame as a palmist or his family dynamics. His best friend (Kunal Roy Kapoor) stays with him in the same house, but we know nothing about him either. Bhagyashree as his onscreen mom is sweet in the little screen time she gets, but again, she doesn’t add much to the story. On the other hand, Prerna has a big family — father, mother, sister, grandma — but we hardly get to meet them, barring a few scenes with her ‘chachu’ (Sachin Khedekar).
Prabhas as the palmist seems a bit awkward at times, however, it definitely has worked hard on his Hindi diction since Saaho three years ago. He is extremely good looking in some scenes and just the perfect prince charming you want to see on screen. He brings in a great balance of toughness and vulnerability through his expressions in portions that require him to do so. Pooja and delivers a decent performance. She performs the emotional sequences with a lot of maturity and conviction. Having said that, it’s the poor writing that fails the actors in the film.
Given that Radhe Shyam is touted to be a music romantic drama, it scores well on that front. The Hindi soundtrack composed by Mithoon and Manan Bhardwaj deserves applause. The songs and background music goes well with the scenes and storyline. The songs have been beautifully picturised and are soothing to watch.
To sum up, Radhe Shyam is quite an average watch and while the story would leave you disappointed, it’s the charming Prabhas that might just give you a reason to watch it. There’s a sequence to take you back to Titanic, but don’t think much about it, for the Hollywood film didn’t sacrifice logic for heart.
Radhe Shyam Movie Songs:
Song Title: Aashiqui Aa Gaayi
Music Composer: Mithoon
Singer(s): Arijit Singh
Song Title: Udd Jaa Parindey
Music Composer: Mithoon
Singer(s): Mithoon, Jubin Nautiyal
Song Title: Soch Liya
Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir
Music Composer: Mithoon
Singer(s): Arijit Singh
Song Title: Main Ishq Mein Hoon
Music Composer: Manan Bhardwaj
Singer(s): Manan Bhardwaj, Harjot Kaur
Song Title: Jaan Hai Meri
Lyrics: Rashmi Virag
Music Composer: Amaal Malik
Singer(s): Armaan Malik