Movie: Nene Raju Nene Mantri
Behind the Screens
Rana Daggubati is yet to deliver a solid hit as a Solo Hero. He is teaming up with director Teja who once delivered several blockbusters but is going through a lean patch for many years. Their film, Nene Raju Nene Mantri is releasing today with a lot of expectations created by the trailer. Let us see how it fares with the audience.
Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is a money lender in Uravakonda from Rayalaseema who loves his wife more than anything else in the World. One day, she is insulted by a village head’s wife and to teach her and her husband a lesson, Jogendra vows to become a Sarpanch. He not only becomes Sarpanch but also MLA. Later he plots to scale bigger heights with his political wit. How that happens forms the rest of the story.
Rana Daggubati has evolved as an actor in the role of Jogendra and continued his good work from Baahubali Series. Kajal Agarwal is a perfect fit as his wife, Radha. Catherine Tresa set the screen on fire in a glamorous role as a TV Reporter. Navdeep, Posani Krishna Murali, Ashutosh Rana and other actors have fit in their roles very well.
Nene Raju Nene Mantri has a killer first half. They say Politics is a high-speed game of chess and Teja has ensured that on screen as well with his gripping narration and well-written scenes. Rana’s performance just complimented his work. But then, the track between Jogendra and Radha is stretched beyond the limit in the second half. The climax could have been handled better. The comedy of Posani and Prabhas Sreenu worked in the second half. Satires on Odarpu Politics are impressive.
Teja certainly reinvented himself with this film. His contemporary touch to the Political Thriller with a racy screenplay worked well. A bit of care in the second half may have worked immensely in the film’s favor. Dialogues are witty and at times thought-provoking. Anoop Rubens has come up with a decent album and excellent background score. The camera work by Dilip C Venkat is very impressive. Editing should have been better in the second half. Production Values are Grand.
Hard-hitting Political Thriller
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kajal Agarwal, Catherine Tresa, and Others
Written and Directed by: Teja
Producer: Suresh Babu, Kiran Reddy and Bharath Chowdary
Music: Anoop Rubens
Cinematographer: Venkat C Dilip
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Banner: Suresh Productions and Blue Planet Entertainments LLP
Release Date: August 11th, 2017