Review : ‘Raja Vikramarka’

‘Raja Vikramarka’ hit the cinemas today (November 12). Let’s find out what are its hits and misses.

Story:

Vikram (Kartikeya) is asked by his NIA boss to ensure the security of Home Minister Chakravarthy (Sai Kumar), who is an idealistic politician. Vikram falls in love with Kanthi (Tanya Ravichandran), the HM’s daughter, in no time. Soon, he learns that a bloodthirsty former Maoist named Guru Narayana (Pasupathy) has recovered from a coma and is raging to eliminate the HM. But there is a twist in the tale, for Guru Narayana has something else in mind. What is it? Can Vikram rise to the occasion and save what is at stake?

Performances:

This is the first time that Kartikeya Gummakonda has played a character of this sort. Films like ‘Gang Leader’ had him in cardboardish roles. The ‘Chaavu Kaburu Challaga’ actor is fine in the role of a light-veined NIA agent. Tanya Ravichandran, the Tamil actress who has previously done movies such as ‘Karuppan’ and ‘Brindavanam’, is apt. 

Sai Kumar, after delivering an assured performance in ‘SR Kalyanamandapam’ recently, is average. Sudhakar Komakula, after delivering goods in ‘Krack’, is adept in the role of a fit officer. Tanikella Bharani is good as ever, while Pasupathy is routine with underwhelming dubbing. Harsha Vardhan is funny, while Surya, Gemini Suresh, and Jabardhasth Naveen have their parts. 

Technical Departments:

‘Sammathame’, sung by Karthik, Shashaa Tirupati, and Chaitra Ambadipudi, revs up the mood. ‘Raja Garu Bayatakosthe’ feels more like a Vivek Sagar song in the album. Prashanth R Vihari, who has worked on movies such as ‘Mental Madhilo’ and ‘Chi La Sow’ in the past, is able with his BGM as well. PC Mouli’s cinematography is decent.

Analysis:

Debutant director Sri Saripalli attempts to narrate a serious tale in a humorous fashion. The attempt falls apart mainly because there are one too many braindead tropes in the movie. 
The action work by the Subbu-Naba duo and Prudhvi Sekhar needed to be top-notch. But the action blocks are basic. The romantic-comedy track feels incomplete because Kanthi falls for Vikram too soon.

The first half is replete with lazy writing, while the second half shows flashes of intelligence. But the smart tropes are few and far between. 
Had the segment involving the hero, the heroine, and Sai Kumar’s character avoided hackneyed tropes, the drama would have struck the right chord. The writing is not complicated, but the telling somehow doesn’t bring out the inherent intelligence. 
The tracks between the hero and Harsha Vardhan’s LIC agent on the one hand, and the hero and his boss (Tanikella Bharani) on the other hand, could have been way more comical and believable. 
The climax is told in an interesting way with minimal action. Bottomline:
‘Raja Vikramarka’ fails to tell a serious subject in a convincing manner. 

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