Rajanna Movie Review

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First of all tell us what period is the film set in?Rajanna
The film spans from pre-independence days to post independence days but its set in Nizam hence people are still under the rule of Nawabs and fight for their rights.

So is the film is full of jingoistic over the top dialogues like many old such type of movies?
Yes partly.

What do you mean by ‘partly’?
The film also has a heart touching child story running along with this freedom struggle.

Who has the maximum part Rajanna or the child?
Rajanna is basically a film about child’s quests to fulfill the dreams of her father and the struggle she has to undergo during that process.

Is the film a sorry tale from the beginning to the end?
No, the film ends on a fairly pleasant note.

How is the film overall?
On the whole the film is predictable fare in the genre it has attempted i.e. a patriotic film. It uses all the clichés of the genre and only few of them have worked well. It was the child episode that was to bring freshness to the film but that episode is so soaked in naivety that it gives a feeling of fakness in spite of everyone trying their melodramatic best. Second half is slightly better compared to the first which is pretty slow.

How are the performances?
Rajanna mainly rests on few main characters the most important among them being the child artist Baby Annie and Nagarjuna. Both of them do well however it takes a bit of time to get used to the pure Telugu/Telangana accent of Nagarjuna. Sneha strikes a chord in the few scenes she gets to perform. Another very important character is that of “Dorasani” played by Swetha Menon but sadly she overdoes her part. Nazar plays his part well. The old man who protects the child and takes care of her does well.

Others like Mukesh Rushi, Ajay, Supreeth, Pradeep Rawat etc look and act like they are part of Sardar Paparayudu.

Special mention must be made for Akkineni Nageshwar Rao for his Voice over.

How is the direction?
One can clearly differentiate between the portions directed by Vijayendra Prasad and SS Rajamouli. The film goes to a peak during an action sequence but the effect doesn’t last long enough and is nullified by the immediately proceeding scenes.

Other technical departments?
MM Keeravani is head and shoulders above all the technicians in the film. He has put his life into the film and has given a soul to the film that is sadly not utilized well by the team. Cinematography is good. Production values are rich but more care should have been taken on the graphics part. Fights are very gory,violent and over the top suiting the nature of the film.

What are the positives?
Music and background score in the film are fantastic. Some fight sequences have come out really well. Especially the fight sequence for the song “Veyyira Veyyi”.

And negatives?
The tacky sets and graphics that pop out from the screen screaming fakeness. Over the top jingoistic action and drama that evokes unintentional response sometimes.

Bottom-line:
Must watch once for the sincere effort.

Rating: 3.5/5

1 COMMENT

  1. The film Rajanna shows the stamina of the telugu film industry and its techniciansnnThe writer of this film is none other than the creator of block buster movies i.e. Sri Vijayendra PrasadnnThis time he shows his avatar as a director along with story,dialogues and screenplay.Every moment of the film shows how much care he has taken in selecting the location,costumes,background,Nizamabad articles,cars and carts etc,mood of the artiste ,what not every little thing.Its a replica of his thoughts and expression. Perfect screenplay has taken the audience to the NIZAM PERIOD;as a director he was very successful in drawing the highest talent from each artiste from Nagarjuna,Annie to the little boy.We have the feeling of watching a Hollywood movie.Telugu audience should feel proud that tollywood has seen a talented director,definetely he is one of the best directors in South India,Sir please continue your journey as a successful director.SS Rajamouli action scenes are superb.We can see the director’s divinity, brilliance and dedication .Many scenes like -Sneha’s death -Child’s travel in the river -Horse races -village atmosphere -Dorasani introduction -Mallama hugging Rajanna’s Samadhi -Burning of the house -Gandhi’s death -Railway station scenes -Rajanna introduction,dialogue and fight -Rajanna’s friends,mad mother,Nawab’s tonga’s journey -Nawab’s tax system on women at Pothuraju statue -Rajanna’s entry there -Inspirational VEYYI RA VEYYI song -a small boy and girl fight against Doras -Dorasani falling on the feet of Rajanna -Dorasani brother’s death -Sneha’s marvellous performance as a pregnant lady when Rajanna leaves the house at midnight -Rajanna’s friends bringing the weapons to fight against Razzakkars -highly emotional and high voltage climax fight at the cave -climax song -Annie’s exceptional performance and The great Rajamouli’s picturisation of action scenes has taken the film to the top of the peaks.This film becomes one of the monumental films in the telugu film industry.Director sir,youth is not a time of life,its a state of mind.nnThe lion share of the film goes to Sri Nagarjuna for many reasonsnnHis valourous decision to produce this offbeat film with many stars.nHe introduced the camouflaged talented giant Sri Vijayendra Prasad as a director.nThough he is the producer and superstar,he reduced his character and allowed the subject to run on the little girl MALLAMMA.nIf all heroes follow the same trend ,we can see best films in telugu.nHe provided great artistes,locations,settings and enough time to the director.nHis performance as a warrior is courageous and he proved that he has enough metal to do different characters in the future.nThank you sir for producing great films and introducing great directors and technicians to the film industry. nHIGHLIGHTSn MM Keeravani’s melodious music added extra flavour to the filmnBaby Annie’s performance as Mallamma is exceptionally good.Dorasani,Nasser,Gandhi we cant say whose performance is good and whose better.nThis film is not meant for one region or one state.nIt is the historic tale of independence movement and Nizam period.nEvery citizen of India should watch this movie.nAll patriots should share their emotions with public.nPlease watch the movie and strengthen the hands of producer and director to make many more good films in the future.n

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