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Giant cut-outs, huge banners and people in hoards are in front of the theatres to welcome rising star Siva Karthikeyan's Seema Raja on the occasion of Vinayagar Chaturthi. Expected to be a thorough entertainer without any logics in the writing, Seema Raja had already seen some impressive bookings for initial shows, thanks to the festival season and Siva's star power.
Director Ponram has joined hands with Siva for the third time after Varutha Padatha Valibar Sangam and Rajini Murugan. Much similar to expectations, the movie comes without any formidable storyline.
Siva Karthikeyan, who has established himself as a mass hero already seems to have gotten into the shade of Superstar Rajinikanth. He comes in a chariot, mouths punch dialogues, a tussle during a cricket match and few sequences resembling to Superstar's few movies.
Siva's arch rival is a character who is also the head of another village, but in a bad light and characterization who often picks up quarrel and creates stir amongst his own people. The first half of the movie is directionless without any sturdy content. It has some amount of comedy between Siva and Soori while the hero falls in love with a PT teacher, Samantha. As expected, there is a certain amount of love laced with comedy.
The movie takes a decent cut with an interesting flashback episode of narrating the ancestral story of Seemaraja's family dated back to 1400s. We are introduced to a folklore genre which reminds us smattering of the Baahubali series setup which is indeed laudable for the given timeframe and budget.
However, the entire stint is short lived and we are pulled back once again to the present typical routine stuff. Just to close the loop and provide more vibrancy and dynamism to the protagonist's characterization, Siva is put in a situation to save farmers from a difficult plight and fight the baddies.
Movies from director Ponram have always been deemed as entertainers, which runs majorly on comedy sequences and quick screenplay despite not coming with a strong content. However, he seems to have missed the magic with Seemaraja to an extent as the comedy portions don't quite workout here. Saying that, the same was the feel with Rajini Murugan initially though, it was later well received by the audience.
Siva Karthikeyan is undoubtedly one of the best entertainers of the present generation who can involve and engage audience throughout the movie. His screen presence is commendable and can capture attention easily. Soori's comedy works sporadically but his dedication towards developing of 6 pack abs is truly commendable. Though Samantha doesn't have a meaty role, she comes and goes with a mark etched. Simran is totally wasted with a non-sync adequate for a movie of this genre which gives ample scope for mass fans to rejoice and celebrate in theatres.
Seema Raja is a typical no-logic commercial entertainer which is lower than Siva-Ponram's previous flicks in terms of quality and entertainment. However, it could come as a decent package for audience who enjoy typical run-off-the-mill kind of movies.