movie: raja the great rating: 2.5/5 banner: creations of sri venkateswara cast: ravi teja, mehreen kaur, radhika sharatkumar, prakash raj, sampath, rajendra prasad , posani, srinivas reddy, master mahadhan and others music director: sai kartheek cinematography: mohana krishna editing: thammiraju art: strong> a s prakash action: venkat features: dil raju producer: sirish written and directed by: anil ravipudi release date: October 18, 2017
ravi teja returning to the big screen after a gap of two years and playing the role of a blind person has created enough buzz around “raja el grande”. added to this, the film is directed by anil ravipudi who has had two hits before and is produced by dil raju.
Unsurprisingly, “raja the great” has hit the screens amidst quite a stir. Let’s find out its advantages and disadvantages.
story: raja aka raja the great (ravi teja), who is blind, lives with his mother ananthalakshmi (radhika) who is chief of police. her ambition is to make him a police officer. His officer agrees to take this blind man on a mission when she gives him a bag of pootharekulu.
Raja is now sent to save the lucky girl (mehreen) whose father, a police officer, was killed by a devaraju rioter leader (vivan).
the noisy leader’s next objective is to kill lucky who is hiding in darjeeling. How Raja saves her with her tricks is the rest of the drama.
Performances of the artists: ravi teja as a boy without sight has given a good performance. apart from the fact that he is blind, the role is not at all passive. he is just as energetic as he was in his previous movies. We see the energetic side of Ravi Teja even in this role. Radhika as his mother is good.
mehreen looks better here compared to her recent movie ‘mahanubhavudu’. although his acting is bad.
the comedy track about actors like rajendra prasad and prudhvi is archaic. srinivasa reddy and sampath have done their best. posani, prudhvi, sathyam rajesh and other comedians have done some silly comedy episodes.
Ravi Teja’s son, Master Mahadhan, appears in the children’s parts of Ravi Teja. he is promising.
vivan plays the main villain and has pulled off an effective act despite a poorly written characterization.
Technical Excellence: Mohana Krishna’s cinematography is rich. She has captured the beautiful lush green places of Darjeeling beautifully. Sai Kartheek’s music is a disappointment. the dialogues are so
past. the film has a duration of 149 minutes, which is relatively short for a mass film. however, the second half is long. editing should have been sharper here. dil raju production values are good.
highlights: the commercial elements of the act of ravi teja
Drawback: routine storyline and average script noisy acting illogical situations boring climactic sequences
analysis: kamal haasan played a blind man in ‘amavasya chandrudu’ and rp patnaik played a similar role in ‘seenu vasanthi lakshmi’ and more recently mohanlal appeared as a blind man in a movie Malayalam called ‘oppam’ (‘kanupapa’ in Telugu). but this is the first time that a Telugu hero with a massive image has played such a role.
ravi teja accepting to play the role of a blind person in itself is appreciable and brings novelty to this otherwise routine and predictable mass drama.
for some telugu directors like anil ravipudi, the world of massive heroes is the same, whether the hero has sight or not.
The hero has to beat up all the bullies, dress well, walk firmly and indulge in all kinds of illogical acts even though he was born blind.
In the movie, Ravi Teja is blind, but his mother trains him to act like a normal boy. Based on this logic, the director has woven the most illogical script.
The director takes the audience for granted and wants us to believe that a police commissioner assigns the job to a blind person when his mother bribes him with a pootharekulu butta!
In the end, the hero chases the villains by attaching bells to their car. he follows them listening to the sound of bells, traveling by bus and being on top of a train for many kilometers.
One may wonder why one should look to masala artists for logic, but when you’re making a film with a blind lead, shouldn’t the filmmakers keep logic to a minimum?
Logic aside, the story and narrative are also pretty predictable. the story is very simple: a girl is being chased by a troublemaker and the hero has to save her. this line is as old as the hills and the script is too cliche.
As if the director thinks the fact that the hero is blind is enough of a novelty element, he makes the story predictable.
although ravi teja is quite effective and energetic in his acting, the comedy is cliche. the so-called “uuuu…it’s time to laugh” mannerism is also irritating.
The first half of the movie is okay and makes time pass by, but the movie gets boring when the story moves to Posani and the gang’s house. the comedy track filmed there is very boring.
and the movie has two or three climactic sequences. when we are about to leave the theater thinking that it is over, the movie continues again with a song and a fight.
however, director anil ravipudi has handed out another masala movie template with the only novelty being that the protagonist is blind. the first half has elements of the passage of time and ravi teja is entertaining, but it ends up being pretty predictable fare.
final result: jhakas cliché