‘Raja Raja Chora’ hit the cinemas today (August 19). In this section, we are going to tell you whether the movie is worth a watch.
Bhaskar (Sree Vishnu) is a married man who is in love with Sanjana (Megha Akash). Sanjana believes that he is an unmarried techie, while the fact is that he is a petty thief who is also a father. Vidya (Sunainaa), who is Bhaskar’s wife, wants to become a lawyer someday. Williams (Ravi Babu) has an affair with a friend’s wife. The rest of the story is about what happens when Sanjana and Vidya learn about Bhaskar’s dark secrets. Amidst this, Williams has a tricky game to play with them all.
‘Brochevarevarura’ introduced us to Sree Vishnu’s easy comedy angle. And this film only milks it further, although it doesn’t necessarily take it to the next level. In the role of a funny thief with a mildly eccentric body language, the actor is fun to watch. More than Megha Akash, who is seen as Vishnu’s love interest, it is Sunainaa who makes a thorough impact. Her dubbing is alright and the actress gets a few substantial scenes.
Ravi Babu, who was underwhelming in the recent ‘Thimmarusu’, is refreshing here. His comic timing is superb. Ajay Ghosh and Kadambari Kiran play a Xerox shop owner and a constable, respectively. Srikanth Iyengar is a doctor, while Tanikella Bharani delivers sermons in a temple They are outshined, however, by the natural performer that is Gangavva.
Vivek Sagar’s music is a mild callback to his known style. ‘Raja Raju Vacche’ and ‘Maaya Maaya’ are interesting. The background score is engaging. Vedaraman Sankaran’s cinematography is efficient. The night-effect scenes have been captured really well.
Art director Kiran Kumar Manne and editor Viplav Nyshadam do an able job in their respective departments.
Debutant writer-director Hasith Goli pens a story where the characters are middle-class and the thinking of most of them is low-brow. This gives him the opportunity to write realistic emotions. However, most of the situations in the film are cinematic in nature.
The story revolves around Bhaskar’s character and his machinations. But he is not the only one who is to be blamed for the mess everyone is in. In narrating this somewhat complex story, the director is smart and effective.
The emotional nature of the film is fleshed out mostly in the second half. The first half is more humorous, with Bhaskar’s conversations with an old and naughty woman (Gangavva) being ordinary. It’s his conversations with his girlfriend and his over-the-top behaviour in the presence of his boss (Ajay Ghosh) and the cop (Ravi Babu) that draw the mandatory laughs.
The pre-climax and climax portions are weighty. Entertainment takes a backseat. Without resorting to melodrama, Bhaskar’s evolution is narrated without much fuss.
The film was not expected to be a family drama at one level. By showing Sree Vishnu as a married man, ‘Raja Raja Chora’ shows confidence in its material.
If you are wondering what is the title justification, it has one. Watch it evolve into a proper idea by the interval.
‘Raja Raja Chora’ is a watchable comedy-drama. Go for it!