Film: “Nene Raju Nene Mantri”
Star Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kajal Agarwal, Catherine Tresa, Tanikella Bharani, Navdeep, Shivaji Raja, Posani Krishnamurali, Jayaprakash Reddy and others.
Cinematography: Venkat C Dileep
Music: Anoop Rubens
Dialogues: Lakshmi Bhupal
Produced By: Suresh Babu Daggubati
Banner: Suresh Productions
Released On: 11th August 2017
After “Bahubali 2” Rana Daggubati became a super star in his own right. His subsequent film “Ghaazi” was a runaway hit. An even bigger hit is expected of him with “Nene Raju Nene Mantri” since it also happens to be a home production for him.
The story is set in Uruvakonda of Rayalaseema. Jogendra (Rana) and Radha (Kajal Agarwal) are a happily married couple and expecting a baby soon. Jogendra is a money lender with a good heart. His wife is involved in an unfortunate entanglement with the Sarpanch of the village (Pradeep Rawat) which results in a miscarriage. An enraged Jogendra wrecks vengeance by upstaging him and becoming the Sarpanch. Having entered politics he climbs the ladder step by step, becoming an MLA next and thereafter a minister in the state cabinet and finally aims for the Chief Minister’s post. Thereafter the story is all about what happens as he climbs the political ladder.
Director Teja has chosen an intense story and depicted it with a powerful, dramatic, racy narrative. The whole narrative is quite intense from start to finish. The story even comes with a social message which appears to be customary among films of top heroes these days. Some of the scenes are really very good – the pre climax scene for instance. However, some of the episodes in the film defy any logic and reduce the credibility of the story itself. The ending is quite different from the routine scenes that we see.
Performance of the Stars:
Rana’s character has two shades to it – one the simple village money lender and the other is that of an ambitious and inexorable politician hell bent on occupying the Chief Minister’s chair. He does a wonderful job as the politician but is found wanting in the villager’s role. Kajal Agarwal has given a good performance as the housewife whose husband seems to be moving away from her after entering politics. Her chemistry with the hero is wonderful. Chaterine Tresa gives a superb performance as the media baron who falls in love with the recklessly ambitious politician in Rana. Others do justice to their roles.
The script of the film is very good and packs several punch dialogues aimed at the front benchers. The songs are very good and help in taking the story and narration forward. The background score enhances the drama in the emotional scenes. The cinematographer has used the natural locations chosen for various scenes to telling effect. Production values are very impressive with the makers not compromising on anything. The director has certainly succeeded in putting forward a powerful story but has used certain scenes which jar on the audience’s intelligence – like the Chief Minister killing 200 MLAs. But for those scenes that defy logic the film is a very powerful one.
The Final Word:
“Nene Raju Nene Mantri” is a very powerful film but for some illogicalities
“Nene Raju Nene Mantri” is rated 3/5