August 11, 2017
It's a political thriller that too Rana's role with negative shades and terrific teasers and trailers generated huge interest among audience which is clearly visible at box office counters when three films released this Friday. Obviously curiosity for this film is pretty high and director Teja maintained this upto first half. The real spoiler is second half and the pathetic, silly and too much cinematic climax. Only Teja can answer that in which country that a death sentence can be shown live telecast and police officers to behave like buffoons while executing such big legal action.
There are few scenes which are too good along with Rana Daggubati's outstanding performance. The two pretty female protagonists Kajal Aggarwal and Catherine Tresa gave stunning performances. I think first time in her entire career Kajal got an opportunity to act such author backed role which she did fair justice with her convincing emotional act. Even Catherine Tresa acted so well apart from her hot eye candy stunning and awesome body shape. Everything was amazing until first half. I wonder why director Teja wrote such an uninteresting and predictable second half ?
Of course there are many scenes which can be related to the contemporary political atmosphere of Telugu states. The way Rana questions the MLAs who switched over to another party after winning the seat on other party symbol. Which is very much contemporary issue both in Andhra and Telengana. Sympathy and statue politics and pf course dynasty politics are also most happening stuff in India. Movie certainly has few fair scenes and it starts on very promising note but it gets completely destroyed in the ending scenes where many preachy dialogues do remind you the 90s movies where a hero gives big lecture and people will react in seconds and everything will change in minutes.
If we get into story, Radha Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is introduced as a death row convict, whose last wish is to televise his life story. So, it begins, the story of an unambitious money lender, whose world revolves only around his beautiful wife Radha (Kajal Aggarwal).
Jogendra is a smart and cunning businessman. He is harmless until his wife is happy. But, if someone causes inconvenience to his wife, he or she must die. And he makes sure of it. Even it means playing the long game. Kajal suffers an abortion after her village Sarpanch’s wife pushes her down the stairs for lighting a lamp at a temple. It seems that lighting that lamp is a special privilege only enjoyed by Sarpanch’s wife.
Now, one would expect Jogendra to lose his cool and storm the house of his village Sarpanch, played by Pradeep Rawat. But, instead, he decides to become a Sarpanch himself so that no one can stop his wife from lighting lamps at the temples. Thus, begins Jogendra’s tryst with politics.
After becoming sarpanch, Jogendra takes out the MLA of his constituency and assumes his office. He later replaces the home minister with the silliest plot that one could come up with. And now he aims for the chief ministership. How he can achieve this and what will happen you have too see on screen only.
Director Teja rather tries to sort of justify all the wrong actions of Jogendra. And blames the corrupt system of the country for all his crimes. It seems like Teja sort of lost his vision for Jogendra’s character. The film suffers from the director’s reservations to show what Jogendra really is, a power-hungry monster. Infact director Teja himself is confused what exact he wants to convey and he certainly confused us as well.
It is almost Rana Daggubati's one man show. If you like political thrillers you may like it some extent. It is not a great film and of course not a bad film either.
- Parvez Chowdhary