“Raa Raa Krishnayya” has been a well anticipated movie because it is coming after a well appreciated “Venkatadri Express” for lead actor Sundeep Kishan. Lead actress recently starred in “Kotta Janta” with Allu Shirish and is generally agreed to as one of the most sought after young actresses of the South film Industry now. For Producer Vamsi Krishna Srinivas, this is third project after “Solo” and “Nuvva Nena” The film ads promised good music and visuals, apart from the added attraction of Jagapati Babu, who has been riding high after a thundering negative performance in Balayya’s “Legend.”
The film is a story of a cab driver Kittu (Sundeep Kishan) who is very focussed on working hard, earning money honestly and establishing his own cab driving agency. He is saving his money at the care of his boss Tanikella Bharani. But Bharani denies that he ever saved any money with him, so as to stall him in his growth. Kittu is kicked out by the workers of Bharani’s garage. Desperate Kittu in an inebriated condition goes to Bharani’s house one night to extract his money using whichever method. On that night, Bharani’s daughter, Nandeeshwari (Regina) is getting engaged to a guy – “Satyam” Rajesh, whom she doesn’t like. As her mother passed away some time back, there is no other person Regina has at home to understand her feelings. During the altercation with Bharani, Kittu is forced to hold Nandu hostage so as to escape from there. Nandu too lends a hand in this false kidnapping attempt so as to escape this forced marriage. Kittu and Nanud devise a plan to extract some money from Bharani and go their separate ways. Do their plans work out? Why Kittu is so insistent on having a clean record, Where does Jagapati Babu come into picture in this story? Will Nandu get hold of the understanding person she has been dreaming off, what is the relation between Kittu & Jaggu (Jagapati Babu) and how does it transform during the course of the movie forms the rest of the picture.
The first half of the film runs out almost OK. But the suspense of Jagapati Babu still continues as he is yet to enter. Kittu and Nandu’s journey is picturized in beautiful locations. Tagubotu Ramesh’s character entertains thoroughly. The Kerala episode runs at good pace. The “Onam Song” is picturized excellently.
The second half begins offering great promise as Jagapati’s character just enters, but soon the comedy turns out week, insipid and too slapstick. Venu, Ravi Babu and Chalapati Rao as the ghost father visible only to his son, spread good laughs. But the main story lags behind, running with hardly any original imagination. The concluding portion of the film is somewhat OK compared to the slow second half narration.
The story is a mix up of several hit movies, but there is no original thread binding them together. The Screenplay too makes the narration slower. Especially the second half story feels like a repeat of same emotional content between the lead characters.
Regina Cassandra is a bundle of energy and brings life into the character she portrayed. There is nothing at fault in Sundeep’s performance, except, he becomes a dumb spectator to the events during most of second half. After the energetic character in “Venkatadri Express” the film may not satisfy viewers who expect something on the same level, if not more from him. Jagapati Babu too has nothing much to offer as the scope of his character is very limited. Actors Kalyani, Brahmaji are adequate.
The music of the film is quite commendable. The “Onam Song” is very good, also the title song in the second half. The picturization and choreography of these two songs is exceptionally good. The visuals of Kerala trip and almost all the songs remain long after the movie is over. Art direction too stands out in the film. Production values are of high standard. Debut director Mahesh Babu tried mixing elements of too many movies into this story and could not carry his own burden finally.
Despite the good songs, camera work, scenario and performances from few actors, the film finally falls slightly below the expectations as there is hardly any imaginative storyline. The typical charecterizations and slapstick kind of comedy situations appear half baked. Comedy actors Tagubotu Ramesh, Venu, Ravi Babu somewhat carry the film for some time, but the lack of substance in the basic storyline pulls down the movie finally. The liplock between Sundeep Kishan and Regina comes a bit too late and the energy generated is limited to the few moments. The film is watchable for Regina, couple of songs and good visuals.
Rating: 2.25 out of 5
Watch trailer of the film here…