Film review

Shakib Khan’s ‘Rajkumar’: A rollercoaster of emotions

Published : 19 Apr 2024 08:25 PM

The tale begins in a classic village setting, picturesque and serene. Amidst the tranquility, danger lurks as a young man encounters a perilous snake while seeking a date juice fix. But fear not, our hero swoops in for the rescue. Initially, the storyline may seem predictable, but as the plot unfolds, it takes unexpected turns, leaving audiences with a rollercoaster of emotions.

Audiences flocked to Lion Cinemas in Keraniganj for the final showing of Himel Ashraf's 'Rajkumar', starring the charismatic Shakib Khan. Despite being one among eleven releases during Eid-ul-Fitr, 'Rajkumar' stood out, dominating screens in 126 theaters nationwide. Social media buzzed particularly about its songs, 'Rajkumar' and 'Barbad', garnering attention even from the song's composer and lyricist, Akash Sen and Asif Iqbal, respectively, who attended the screening.

This isn't your typical romance or action-packed thriller. The protagonist's singular quest to reach the United States drives the narrative, showcasing a blend of heartache, determination, and transcontinental adventure. From tranquil Bengal villages to the bustling streets of New York, the film paints a vivid picture of both worlds.

Shakib Khan's performance shines, portraying a depth of emotion that transcends his usual commercial hero roles. His portrayal of love, loss, and resilience resonates, marking a significant evolution in his acting prowess. Supported by a talented cast including Dilara Zaman, Tariq Anam Khan, and Ahmed Sharif, each character adds layers to the story, particularly in poignant moments depicting sacrifice and longing.

However, not all performances hit the mark. While Mahiya Mahi and Arash Khan deliver earnest efforts, there's a sense of disconnect, possibly stemming from lack of cohesion within the ensemble. Additionally, makeup choices for certain characters, notably an elderly role, appear jarring and out of sync with contemporary standards.

Courtney Coffey, the leading lady hailing from the US, brings a fresh perspective to the film but falls short in capturing the essence of her character, Julie.

Music, while impactful in some scenes, occasionally overwhelms, detracting from the overall experience. However, the cinematography shines, capturing the essence of each setting with precision and beauty.

Director Himel Ashraf, known for his previous collaboration with Shakib Khan in 'Priyatma', demonstrates growth in storytelling, crafting a narrative that keeps audiences engaged from start to finish. Despite minor flaws, 'Rajkumar' delivers a satisfying cinematic experience, blending mainstream appeal with unexpected twists that leave a lasting impression.