The film “Run Raja Run” attracted lot of attention as the second project of producers of big budget hit movie, “Mirchi”. As the producers were known to be friends of actor Prabhas, their choice to back a Sharwanand movie being directed by a new comer made the industry sit up and notice the movie. The filmmaker Sujeeth, for whom this is the first silver screen attempt, is already a sort of mega director in the YouTube dominated short film circuit. The teaser posters of the film too heightened the interest in the movie with an entirely new feel and design, the visual quality of cinematographer Madhie added to the expectations of the movie.
The film begins as a fresh, youth oriented romantic comedy, with a second track of a police officer troubled over continuing kidnap episodes happening in the city. The kidnappers are wearing masks of film heroes and other celebrities to divert the police. Raja – Sharwanand is a typical youth who is fretting over finding a right girl for himself, failing continuously in his attempts, with the list of short lived romances and break ups increasing ever long. He bumps into heroine Priya – Seerat Kapoor who is also love hungry and had her episodes of failed attempts to fall in love. The duo promptly fall in love but a hiccup emerges in the form of Vennela Kishore, who is the son of minister Govindaraju – Kota who is fixed to marry the heroine. Raja is sent by Priya to convince her father – Commissioner Dileep – Sampath (‘Dammu’ etc, movies), to accept their love and arrange marriage. The Commissioner agrees to the pairing but puts a strange condition to Raja which would help him in solving the kidnap menace that has been threatening peace in the city. Raja accepts to kidnap a big shot and hide so that the actual kidnappers emerge from their hide outs enabling the police to nab them. Whom does Raja kidnap, what happens later, will Dileep succeed in nabbing the kidnappers, what are the roles of Raja’s father and SI Nayeem – Adivi Shesh, in the whole narrative forms the rest of the story.
The film has entirely fresh visuals and scene treatments right from the word go. The way the characters are introduced, the color palette of the film, the dressing of the characters… all of them are commendable and take a place in the definitive change happening in Telugu cinema. Each scene ends in a different way than expected. The plot sort of opens up to new possibilities after the Commissioner tries to fix Raja in an unprecedented situation, but then the twists and turns in the movie do not end even in the final scene of the movie! Raja and Priya’s escape scenes in Nano car are funny enough. Track between Raja and Priya deciding the amount of attraction they have for each other is entertaining. Shopping episode with transvestite character played by Chandra is hilarious and ends on a novel note. The film sort of falls a bit after the focus on crime element increases. The change of heart of the heroine for Raja shown through a song has few novel situations. Ali’s cameo scene is OK. Dhanya’s cameo in a song and a couple of situations hardly do any justice to her. She looks much better than such small bits.
The songs are choreographed imaginatively and almost all are a burst of color and merriment in the film. Madhie’s camera work is the major highlight of the movie. Ghibran’s songs are OK Song “Anaga anaganaga…” is very good. Raju SUndaram’s choreography too lift the songs to loftier heights.
The film feels slightly lengthy in the first half, may be a song too many also. The second half somewhat sustains the interest with all the twists that never seem to end. Sharwanand looks refreshingly young. Seerat Kapoor is a good find she is sure to find better projects after this film. The film has a big role for actor Sampath. Actor Jayaprakash who played Sharwa’s father also gave a fine performance. Kota as usual took command in all scenes he was present. Adivi Shesh was adequate in his role. Girl who played heroine’s friend elicited good laughs.
Finally, the film is OK for one time watch. Despite the many twists in the movie, the film sort of runs on a flat note which reduces the final impact of the movie.
Rating: 2 out of 5