Movie Review: Rajjo
Director: Vishwas Patil
Casts: Kangana Ranaut (Rajjo), Paras Arora (Chandu), Mahesh Manjrekar (Begum), Prakash Raj (Handa Bhau), Jaya Prada (Jankidevi), Tanushree Chakraborty, Dalip Tahil, Swati Chitnis, Kritika Chaudhary
Rajjo, Indian romantic musical Bollywood drama, is released in theatres on 15th November 2013. This movie is full of an emotional and action entertainment. Rajjo is directed by Sahitya Akademi award winner Vishwas Patil and produced by M.H. Shah and U. A. Karande.
The movie is ‘women-centric’. It’s a musical love story set against the backdrop of the dying Kothas of Mumbai that nurtured the traditional art of singing and dancing for centuries. It’s a journey of a Mujra girl surpassing extraordinary circumstances for leading a domestic life of a wife. This movie tells a love story of a nautch girl Rajjo (Kanagna Ranaut) but her transformation takes place under pastoral upbringing for becoming a reformed person. She is very different from rest of whore who falls in love with 18-year-old Brahman boy Chandu (Paras Arora).
Chandu, who is young Brahmin boy, visited first time to the Kothas of Nagpada with his team to celebrate his victory in a cricket match. There he meets Rajjo, who is a Muslim girl, and she attracts him with her powerful and elegant Mujra Dance. For Chandu, it is love at first sight. Chandu belongs to a family of music lovers and is a very good harmonium player. Chandu’s mother is a Bhajan singer and having immense inclination towards music Chandu and Rajjo’s love receives stamp of affirmation.
Begum (Mahesh Manjrekar) is castrated who is employed to guard the women’s living areas at an oriental court. He is the owner of the Kotha and is a strict person but when he comes to know about Rajjo’s romantic relation, he gets them married. Handa Bhau (Prakash Raj) is a cooperator with powerful political connections who has set his eyes on Rajjo and wants her at any cost. So, he tries to break relation of Chandu and Rajjo in all the possible ways.
However, the movie is evoking the bygone trend of kothas and exhibiting the revolutionary steps taken by the whore, yet it would be a face-to-face encounter to live the life of a whore that would be quite outdated theme in the present advanced world.