Om Namo Venkatesaya Movie Review Rating
- Movie: Om Namo Venkatesaya
- Director: K Raghavendra Rao
- Produced by: Mahesh Reddy
- Starring: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ansuhka, Pragya Jaiswal, Jagapathi Babu and Saurabh Raj Jain
- Music: MM Keeravani
- Cinematography: S Gopal Reddy
The director and Nagarjuna have come together for the fourth time to give us a devotional film based on a real life historical religious character. Earlier they brought us “Annamayya”, “Bhaktaramdas” and “Shirdi Sai Baba”. All these three were successful at the box office and saw Nagarjuna at his best. Let us see if he manages to equal himself in the earlier roles.
Ram (Nagarjuna) is a very religious, god fearing boy right from a very young age. Being in constant search of God he joins the ashram of Padmananda Swamy (Sai Kumar) in Tirumala. His new found guru introduces him to the divinity and powers of the Lord of the Seven Hills Venkateswara. He then enters the main temple and starts praying to the Lord whereupon the Lord himself appears before him touched by the sincerity of his devotion. In the meanwhile Ram notices many a nefarious activity in and around the temple. The story revolves around how Ram takes the bull by the horn and how Anushka and Pragya Jaiswal enter the story.
A devotional film comes before us after a very long time. That makes the film a novelty and worth watching. Raghavendra Rao once again displays his mastery in telling devotional stories. The director unravels the story of Hathi Ram Baba who is not a very famous character in the history of the temple, through a simple narration and breathtaking visuals. The climax, high on emotion, is sure to attract family audiences like his earlier devotional works. The second half could have been a little faster paced. Somehow Jagapath Babu did not fit in properly with the narration. Some scenes between the Lord and His Consorts do not go down well with the audiences and could have been better handled.
Read In Telugu: ఓం నమో వెంకటేశాయ రివ్యూ & రేటింగ్
Performance of the Stars:
Nagarjuna proves his mettle as a versatile actor. He gets into the skin of the character perfectly. It is small wonder that Raghavendra Rao made him play the titular role in all his four devotional films. He emotes beautifully in expressing his devotion to God and brings out the tougher side to him in tackling those indulging in nefarious activities. One has to make special mention of Saurabh Raj Jain who exudes divinity in the role of The Lord Venkateswara. He too fits perfectly into the role of the Lord. Rao Ramesh plays the villain to the hilt. Anushka performs excellently. The beautiful Pragya Jaiswal does justice to her character as do the rest of the star cast. Only Jagapathi Babu and his character seemed a misfit.
The visuals in the film are breathtaking. The director and cinematographer succeed in showing the Tirumala temple as it looked centuries ago. Camera work and the special effects are simply stunning. Music by Keeravani adds divinity to the narration and is really moving. The director excels in telling the story. He once again proves that he is the only one among contemporaries who is capable of handling such a theme. He succeeds in imbuing the whole film with a sense of sacredness. The duo of Raghavendra Rao and Nagarjuna has once again given us a wonderful experience.
Final Word: “Om Namo Venkatesaya” Namaskaram Raghavendraya