Sivaji’s characterization in first half seems passable but the moment the actual twist in the film is revealed, it throws up lot of questions. The basic problem is his approach to make Shruti fall in love with him. Had he thought of a more subtle way to convey his true feelings, the film probably would have been different. He always approaches Shruti as a stranger and tries to build a relationship from scratch, while Shruti is madly in love with a stranger. In the second half, Ajay’s eagerness to do anything for his love lacks conviction. He knows that there’s no hope left in his love story, yet he carries on to do his duty as a lover! Cameo appearances by Venu Madhav, Brahmanandam are good to an extent but they are out of sync with the storyline. The same goes for Aarti Agarwal who makes her cameo in ‘Mayadaari Maisammo’ song.
Most of the film has been shot in Vizag and some of the songs in Bangkok. The visuals of the sea in couple of songs are brilliantly canned and they compliment the character’s sadness. Editing is alright although it could have been better in first half. The rerecording could have been much better as there were quite a few instances which didn’t have a proper lip sync. Abhiyan’s music is good and it touches the right chord. Arun Singaraju also handled the screenplay apart from directing the film. ‘Tajmahal’ is a good debut film as a director for Arun. If he had taken more care while unraveling the story in first half and Sivaji’s characterisation, it would have been a much better film.
For a long time, films have been used as a medium to convey a message to the audience. While some film makers chose to let the audience interpret the film, the other have managed to forcibly convey a message loud and clear. So then, what is the message conveyed in ‘Tajmahal’? Contrary to what ‘Tajmahal’ stands for, the film drives home the point that love should take a backseat, when you have to choose between love and parents. It tells you that love is just a part of our lives and we shouldn’t neglect our studies, career. Will this voice be heard amidst scores of films which profess ‘Love is Life’? Well, that remains to be seen. And I am not trying to convey a message, the film is open for your interpretation!
I still don’t understand why Shruti never used hundreds of Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter to find out who Kumar is! She had his phone number and the film itself is set in 2009!!! She should have, don’t you think?