What’s Good: The fresh story of the rise and the fall, Rana Daggubati, the first half and glimpses of old Teja.
What’s Bad: Lag in the second half, the climax.
Popcorn Break: Anytime you want in the second half of the movie.
Watch or Not: Watch it for a different experience whether you feel good or bad.
Trade Talk: It is a near perfect release among the heavy competition. Nene Raju Nene Mantri will dominate the competition till the holiday period is over, and that’s it.
Director Teja’s success formula has been a perfect blend of entertainment in an easily identifiable setup. The narration is fast with a higher mass connection. Over the years the repetition of the setup and deterioration of the comedy has led to his downfall. Also, the director trying to redo his success, again and again, turned him into a formulaic director.
In Nene Raju Nene Mantri, he avoids all the usual trappings and tropes associated with him. It is where the director succeeds initially. The typical mass narrative is still present which brings forth few moments reminiscent of his glorious past. The first half is a jolly ride, and the rise is a treat to watch.
The problem occurs in the second half where the director loses focus and confuses the losing track of the narrative to the downfall of the character. Yes, the role of Rana is on a downward spiral, but that doesn’t mean the ‘film’ has to drop the consistency in drama and tone. Things take a bizarre turn, and by the time one reaches climax total interest is lost. Overall, for a fresh attempt, it is a one-time watch.
The Last Word: There are visible sparks in parts, but they are not enough to engage as a whole till the end or overcome the faults in the journey