Debutant R.Chandru has made a watchful debut in his maiden film 'Taj Mahal'. He has the right mixture for a commercial format and follows his senior director Prem in the narration. The guessing elements he creates on the screen and striking a tragedy in this 'Taj Mahal' would give him a good standing in the coming months. This is the first time production from producer Shivashanker Reddy. His taste in film making is appreciable. The cinematography and music are the other two plus points of this film made in a colorful style with glamour and glitz.
In the Reddy Engineering College Ajay (Ajay Rao) is madly behind Shruthi (Pooja Gandhi). In the last three years he has been only telling her Good morning to her for more than 3500 time and he records it in his diary. Finally when he befriend with Shruthi he is baffled when she asks his name. Further acquaintance of Ajay with Shruthi and the presentation of a cap and watch he receives gives a confirmation to him that she is in love with him. What next? Ajay says I love you to Shruthi and she slaps him on the face. It is because Shruthi is in love with Kumar. Who is that Kumar? It is Ajay himself. In the past Ajay traces a valuable suitcase of Shruthi's father residing abroad and handed it over to the police. At that time out of fear in the police station he had told his name as Kumar to inspector. But Ajay did not know that this would bounce differently. Claiming that he is Kumar the telephonic chat he continues with Shruthi earns him her love. What goes on after Shruthi rejects Ajay in the college campus is interesting turn out with flash back and some fine spell of narration from the director.
Ajay hailing from a poor family as Kumar meeting all the requirements of Shruthi meets a bad luck when he goes back to his native village. What happens to him? Whether Ajay who is Kumar materialize the dreams of his parents? You have to watch it in the last 20 minutes of the climax.
Ajay Rao after 'Excuse Me' has got a very solid role. The hairstyle looks jaded for him. He looks stylish and modern in his outlook. He has done his role quite comfortably. Pooja Gandhi the heroine to watch on Kannada screen has been very good in emotions. Ananthnag, Rangayana Raghu the ever able actors have given good support.
In fact the first hero of this 'Taj Mahal' is cinematographer K.S.Chandrasekhar. The long shots, top angles the interiors and exteriors have been beautifully captured with good taste by this cameraman. Abhiman longing in the cinema industry for quite some time now has given his best. Three songs are worth hearing again and again.
This is worth watching cinema.