4 out of 5 (Very Good)
High on patriotism
Haricharan Pudipeddi Fri, 23 Dec 2011
It's been a while since I've seen a good, heart-warming film in Telugu, and now I can proudly say 'Rajanna' is one such film. Of all the reasons to watch this film, one has to watch this film for two reasons; firstly, to watch Nagarjuna in a role that he's never done in the past and secondly, to watch Baby Annie, who plays Nag's daughter. She was just brilliant in her role as 'Mallamma' and definitely becomes one of the strongest contenders for child debutant awards.
'Rajanna', inspired by true events is the story from the pages of history, telling us the struggles of people of Telangana in the 50's, while some part of the story is also fabricated in a way to suit the plot. The film narrates the story of how Rajanna, a valiant freedom fighter inspired and instilled courage into the hearts of thousands of people in the British occupied Telangana and eventually in the process helped them in achieving freedom at the cost of his life.
The film has strong dose of violence that may not appeal one and all. However, the film on the whole produces something phenomenal that completely overshadows violence and makes the attempt quite enjoyable. Also, the characters are very close to heart, as they connect with each and every one in the audience. At one point, you will cry when they cry, you will suffer when they suffer and most importantly you will celebrate when they win their battle against the British. The story is so close to heart that instantaneously bonds with you and sucks the life out of you.
Nagarjuna did a brilliant job in his role as 'Rajanna'. He had the exact amount of energy and dedication required for the role. Moreover, it was lovely watching him doing a different, matured role than resorting to roles that he's done several times in the past. Of all in the film, Baby Annie deserves a standing ovation for pulling off such an intense role with absolute ease and aplomb. Sneha and others did their parts quite well and live up to expectations.
Bouquet to director Vijayendra Prasad; not only he entertained one and all but instilled courage, inspiration and patriotism within us. He is to be appreciated for the way he handled his artistes and extracted the best out of them.
In one line, 'Rajanna' pumps the adrenaline and injects patriotism within us. The film is definitely to be watched, at least once.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
4 out of 5 (Very Good)