Rana Daggubati is finally out with his third film of the 2017 - Nene Raju Nene Mantri. It's touted to be an out and out political drama. starring alongside Rana for the first time is Kajal Aggarwal. The film is directed by Teja. This the Telugu star's first film after the magnum Opus - Baahubalui: The Conclusion. Will this movie continue to turns things aorund for the Telugu star? Read on to find out: Also Read: Nene Raju Nene Mantri, movie review, box office collection, story, trailer, music, lyrics, Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal, Teja
What's it about
It's about Jogendra the politician and his ruthless ambitions. The film gives you a detailed glimpse of Jogendra's life, professionally and personally. As a politician, he's shrewd, manipulative, selfish and ambitious. As a husband, he's loving, romantic, respectful and very considerate. He lets her know his life revolves aorund her. Where there is Radha, there is Jogendra. So, how did Nene Raju Nene Mantri fare? Read on to find out....
Rana's character - Jogendra! As Rana said in one of his earlier interviews 'The story is about the rise, fall, redemption of Jogendra. We are taken through the chronicles of Jogendra as he rises from an aspiring politician to a scheming money lender to a powerful, greedy MLA. As a character, he goes through many graphs from being an innocent, scared commoner, to a rising, confident politician to a ruthless, greedy MLA who stops at nothing. Apart from his politician act, we also get to see Jogendra the husband who is incomplete without Radha, his wife. As he puts it, where there is Radha, there is Jogendra. He is loving, caring, respectful of her. Her presence in his life is what matters most to him. In that sense, you get to see two sides to Jogendra that in turn is layered and complicated. He cuts a fine figure in his suits that are tailor made for his towering figure. Rana's presence on screen cannot be ignored. After playing Lt Commander Arjun, who was a calm, brave character, Bhallaladeva, a ruthless, cruel king, Rana Daggubati introduced us to another character - Jogendra, a manipulative shrewd politician. Kajal Aggarwal as Radha was fairly decent. Within a limited role, the actress put on a decent show. Rana Daggubati- Kajal Aggarwal's chemistry is another talking point. They are comfortable, easy, and a delight to watch. They should team up for another film as soon as possible! The film had its fast paced moments but it all fizzled it out owing to Teja's choppy direction.
Teja's jerky, choppy, faulty direction, the dragging story and Catherine Tresa. A fast-paced, thrilling story fizzled out because of faulty direction. At several instances, there is no flow in the scenes! You almost wonder what will happen next. While the story is compelling till a point, it starts to drag and take on a exaggerated tone towards the latter part of the second half. Sharp editing, sharper direction could have saved this movie from being a drag fest, but alas! In certain sequences, there is no explanation for what happened, it just happens and you have to accept it, and that's where Teja's weak direction is accentuated even more. Except for Kajal Aggarwal, the rest of the supporting cast didn't complement the actor. Catherine Tresa was good as a prop, her dialogue delivery was hilarious, she was only made to look sexy. Totally unnecessary casting. She was truly a waste of space.
What to do
If you want to see Rana the actor, this film is for you! After Baahubali, Rana the actor continues to put on a good show. We however wish, it was a tighter, compelling story to support his act.
2.5 out of 5
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