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Raja The Great marks a comeback of sorts for Mass Maharaj Ravi Teja. His last movie Bengal Tiger released almost two years back and didn’t add any value to his career. He was almost written off by critics and audience for his weird change of looks. After almost two years, Ravi Teja is back with a movie produced by Dil Raju and directed by Anil Ravipudi. Dil Raju is on a success spree with all his four movies that released this year ended up as super hits at box office. Anil Ravipudi managed decent hits with Pataas and Supreme so far in his career. Let’s see what is in store for audience in Raja The Great.
Story : (Spoilers ahead)
Lucky (Mehreen) is the only daughter of a sincere police officer SP Prakash (Prakash Raj). Prakash is very fond of his daughter as lucky loses her mother at a young age and raises her with much love and affection.
Prakash eliminates the brother of a dreaded don Devaraj (Vivan Bhatena) in a police operation. Devaraj avenges his brother’s death by killing Prakash. Lucky escapes and flee away to Darjeeling and stays with her dad’s friend Prasad (Rajendra Prasad) family.Police department headed by IG (Sampath) provides security to Lucky.
Raja (Ravi Teja) is born blind but is trained well by his head constable mother Ananthalakshmi (Radhika) who wants his son to be a police officer. Raja is included in the team to protect Lucky after Ananthalakshmi convinces IG. Though he is blind, Raja impresses one and all with his terrific skills. Rest of the story is all about how Raja protects Lucky from Devraj and gang and how he takes over the baddies.
Ravi Teja is at his best in Raja The Great. The charm he lost in his last few releases has been regained with Raja The Great. He looked absolutely fantastic and his energy levels were in par with any of his earlier flicks. Mehreen was ok but might have to slim down a bit. Prakash was good in a short and important role. He is seen for the first twenty minutes. Vivan excelled in the antagonist role but all the villainy scenes are loud and went overboard. Radhika was good as Raviteja mom. Ravi Teja’s son Mahadhan as childhood raja is good. Rest of the cast didn’t make their presence felt and you will easily forget them once you are out of the theatre.
Anil Ravipudi managed to make a decent commercial entertainer but could not recreate the magic he did in his debut movie Pataas. There are lots of resemblances in scene execution like his previous movies. All his movies are carrying a similar format. For eg. One handicapped character, similar villains, similar comedy and so on. One scene where an MLA contestant is being shot and they way he reacted seemed very novel. The introduction scene in Darjeeling where heroine plays music behind a picturesque location was good. Cinematography by Mohana Krishna was good. Music by Sai Karthik is average and the back ground score is very repetitive. Editing by Tammi Raju could have been better. One gets a feel that the movie is finished at a particular scene that comes 10 minutes before the actual end titles.
Box Office Prospects: With a worldwide theatrical business of around 31.5 Cr, Movie Bells expects Raja The Great to attain that mark and will end up as a HIT at box-office. The main reason is being attributed to the release timing (5 Day long weekend including release day) and above that, being a Dil Raju production.
Final Punch: You may skip it if you expect an intelligent or a no-nonsensical movie. You may watch it if you are ok with routine entertainers. When i say routine, i mean the same old background score, the same old loud villainy characters and the same old screenplay. One thing for sure, Ravi Teja made the difference. For those who thought Ravi Teja’s career is done, they might have to defer their decision. Undoubtedly, he looked much better than before.
What do you think of Raja The Great?
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