Rajanna Movie Review
Rajanna Movie Review
Cast : Nagarjuna, Sneha, Annie, Shweta Menon, Sneha
Director : Vijayendra Prasad
Producer : Nagarjuna Akkineni
Banner : Annapurna Studios
Music Director: M M Keeravani
Cinematography : Shyam K Naidu
Release Date : 2011-12-22
Rating : 3.2/5.0
An emotional tale, the movie is set on the backdrop of 1948 Nelakondapalli village in Adilabad district. Lakshmamma (Sneha) is the mother of an infant girl child Mallamma (Baby Annie) who leaves her into a river like Kunti did to Karna for the fear of Razakars chasing to kill. Lakshmamma gets killed. Mallamma is rescued by Sambayya, a village man who nurtures her like his grand daughter like Kanva did for Shakunthala. Sambayya knows that Mallamma is the daughter of Lakshmamma and Rajanna(Nagarjuna) a great freedomn fighter against British and also the rescuer of them from unscrupulous doras of gadis. The girl Mallamma is good at singing since childhood. But dorasani (Sweta Menon) hates that. She orders her not to sing and punishes severely. Then the girl goes to Delhi to complaint to PM Nehru. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.
Nagarjuna comes out with one of his best performances in his career. His act is commendable with an inspiring role. He looks inspiring and strong enough with his toned up muscles. Sneha as usual looks homely and has a sensuous look in a song. Annie’s role is the highlight for the film. She surely deserves an award for this one.
Telangana Shakuntala and Alapati Lakshmi appeared in short but notable roles. Ajay, Pradeep Rawat and Supreet are also guests with reasonable roles. Model Sreedhar excelled surprisingly and even Sweta Menon is at her best. Ravi Kale who is widely seen in Bollywood films appeared in a local dora’s role.
Rajanna takes us to a trip back into the Razakars’ era. Hearts melt and eyes spill tears, while we watch the first half. One has to appreciate the efforts put in by Rajamouli and his team in pumping in emotion in key sequences. Yes, the film might been directed by Vijayendra Prasad, father of Rajamouli, but the ace director’s deft handling of the project was clearly evident. Especially, the action sequences, the tyranny of feudal lords in Gadis and the atrocities perpetrated by the cronies of Nizam on the people of Telangana ignite the spirit of patriotism among the audience. Dialogues are crisp. Cinematography is excellent.
The first half is shouldered by little girl Annie in the role of Mallamma and Nagarjuna enters the screen just a few moments before interval. His entry scene – with British chaining the hero like they had done for Katta Bommanna – might create a feeling of hackneyed screenplay, but as the story runs, his character gets elevated. He seldom fights but instigates people to fight against tyranny.
After Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu, Nagarjuna comes out with yet another great performance. Another jewel in his crown to boast of.
Rajanna is an excellent movie to experience Telugu history. As a matter of fact, the film hasn’t shown too much of the atrocities committed by the Razakars on native people but, it just shows the glimpses of them, like a few shocking scenes such as weighing the breasts of women with money. Censor board needs to be appreciated for allowing such bold scenes on screen with due respect to history.
On a whole, Rajanna deserves patronage and is a well made film for its content and bold depiction of history.
Kasepu.Com Verdict : An emotional story with bold depiction of history. A must watch.
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