Radhe Shyam originally planned for a July 2021 release got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is now releasing in theatres and thankfully not taken the OTT route, which could have marred experiencing the stunning visuals and the environment created for this Prabhas-Pooja Hegde starrer.
Radhe Shyam pitched as a romantic drama is written & directed by Radha Krishna Kumar. It weaves a heartwarming story questioning the very foundations of love, human nature, science, spirituality, and philosophy through a fresh and mature love story.
Set in the backdrop of Europe of the ’70s, the film tells the story of Vikram Aditya (Prabhas), a palmist who is conflicted between destiny and his love for Prerana (Pooja Hegde). A story of two individuals poles apart in terms of their ideologies, their belief system, and the way they perceive life.
Radhe Shyam is about Vikram Aditya, an epitome of pure joy and innocence who believes in the language of stars, fate and destiny and lives every moment with vibrancy and passion. He is flirtatious; his charm is infectious, and his charisma is captivating. He leads a life free of any commitments and believes in living each day as it comes; spontaneous, adventurous, and happy-go-lucky. On the other hand, Prerna, believes more in science than in destiny and fate.
On a casual train journey Vikram Aditya meets Prerna. He immediately falls for her and follows her. Romance blossoms between the two but there is a catch. Aditya does not want to marry, and Prerna cannot marry! What could be the reason and what happens in such circumstances is what this tale is about. Would they become one, or the destiny has its own plans?
Radhe Shyam is not a simple boy-meets-girl and happily ever after story. It establishes Aditya as a palmist who can see the future through his palmistry. His knowledge and belief in his craft also becomes a stumbling block in his life and he becomes a wanderer. Prerna too has a past and has accepted it until Aditya reveals her future.
The scene introducing Prerna (Pooja Hegde) looks refreshing from ideation and execution standpoint, ditto for the same setting when Aditya (Prabhas) meets Prerna, but with a twist! There is grandeur written all over and one cannot stop gushing at the scenic beauty presented on the screen. Also worth mentioning is the ‘Main Ishq Mein Hoon’ song with ball dancers and the beautiful choreography.
Prabhas and Pooja Hegde complement each other and the chemistry between the two is palpable and worth looking forward to. There is also Sathyaraj, Sachin Khedekar, Bhagyashree and Kunaal Roy Kapur who provide some support to the narrative, but it is Sathyaraj and Sachin Khedekar’s characters that create intrigue too.
For most of the first half, the film is presented with a unique romance and subtle humour. One wonders what to expect next. The later half has quite a few twists and turns, however revealing about them or hinting would be playing a spoilsport.
Other than the pivotal actors mentioned above there is Krishnam Raju, Jagapathi Babu, Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Sathyan, Jayaram, Flora Jacob, Sasha Chettri among others.
Radhe Shyam has two different soundtracks for Hindi and Telugu versions. While the Hindi soundtrack is composed by Mithoon and Manan Bhardwaj, Justin Prabhakaran composed the songs in the Telugu version (in addition to Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam versions). Manoj Muntashir and Krishna Kanth are the lyricists for Hindi and Telugu soundtrack respectively.
Though there are cinematic and logical liberties taken, overall, Radhe Shyam could be a refreshing watch, a spectacular love saga, where everything works in your favour except the destiny and the message that it ultimately delivers – can one create his/her own destiny or depend on it!
Movie: Radhe Shyam
Directed by: Radha Krishna Kumar
Cast: Prabhas, Pooja Hegde, Bhagyashree, Krishnam Raju, Sathyaraj, Jagapathi Babu, Sachin Khedekar, Priyadarshi, Murali Sharma, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sathyan, Jayaram, Flora Jacob, Sasha Chettri
Running time: 150 minutes