Movie: Prathi Roju Pandage
Behind the Scenes:
Supreme Hero Sai Tej after a string of flops came up with an average film like Chitralahari. He is keen on continuing the success with his next film, Prathi Roju Pandage with Maruthi. The movie has released today across the globe. Let us see how the movie is received by the audience.
Raghuramayya’s (Sathyaraj) children and grandchildren get settled abroad and do not have time for him. One day, he is diagnosed with Lung Cancer and has only five weeks more. Even then his children avoid him citing their busy schedule. But one Grandson (Sai Tej) arrives to stay with him. The rest of the story is all about how he tries to keep him happy and bring a change in the rest of the family.
Sai Tej has come up with a good performance and he looks dashing with a ripped body. He performed well in comical scenes and also delivered a subtle performance in emotional scenes. Sathyaraj did very well and the scenes between them turned out nicely. Rao Ramesh is the major highlight of the film and carries the film on his shoulders. Raashi Khanna gets a meaty role and she is good. Murali Sharma is usual in a limited role. The rest of the characters are fine.
Maruthi came up with a routine story and tried to dose it up with comedy. The story gives ample scope for emotional sequences but Maruthi tried his level best to stick to the comedy. On a flip side, we may get a feeling that emotions that are needed to drive the point home are left out. Thaman came up with okay songs and the background score is superb. The cinematographer is able to capture some locales of East Godavari very well. Editing is fine. Production values are fine.
The first half of the film is good with an ample dose of comedy. The movie slips in the second half after initial promise. It gets preachy and the climax is hurried up. Even with its share of flaws, Prathi Roju Pandage entertains from the start to the end. A novel factor in the story and a better second half should have done wonders to the film.
Prathi Roju Pandage: Comedy Pandaga
Cast and Crew
Starring : Sai Dharam Tej, Raashi Khanna, Sathyaraj, Vijayakumar Rangasamy, Rao Ramesh, Hari Teja
Director : Maruthi
Producers : Allu Aravind, Bunny Vasu
Music Director : S. Thaman
Cinematography : Jaya Kumar
Editor : Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release Date: 20th December 2019