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Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is the sequel to Raju Gari Gadhi and a remake of Malayalam Super hit movie Pretham which released last year. Starring Akkineni Nagarjuna and Samantha in important roles, Raju Gari Gadhi also has Seerat Kapoor, Ashwin Babu, Rao Ramesh, Venella Kishore, Praveen, Nandu, Shakalaka Shankar, Naresh, Avinash, Tejaswi Madivada and others. Music and background score is given by S.S.Thaman while Cinematography is handled by R.Diwakaran. Directed by Ohmkar, Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is jointly produced by PVP Cinema, Matinee Entertainments and OAK Entertainment Pvt Ltd. As the prequel was hit, there are decent expectations surrounding this flick. And with Nag and Sam working together after becoming Mama Kodallu, Raju Gari Gadi 2 gained more momentum during its release. Let’s see what is in store for viewer.
Story : (Spoilers ahead)
Ashwin, Kishore and Pravin are thick friends since childhood and partner together in buying a resort with all the money they have. Their lives turn crazy when they begin to witness some ghostly acts at the resort. They fear to tell this to public as it might affect their resort business. But finally they inform to the father of a church but he could not do anything. He in turn recommends them to approach a famous mentalist Rudra (Nag) who can look into the eyes and read their minds. Rudra also helps the police in tackling with some criminals. Rudra visits the resort and realizes that there is a soul that is desperately seeking answers for three questions – Who Killed her? Why was she killed? and what did they gain from her death. Watch Raju Gari Gadhi 2 to know the answers for these questions.
Akkineni Nagarjuna is the USP of Raju Gari Gadhi 2. Without Nag, this movie would not have been what it is. Only after his entry at the 40th minute, the movie fell in place and it maintained the momentum until the climax. Though he had nothing to fight or dance, he remarkably excelled in his dialogues and facial expressions. A few shots of his close up with eyes wide open made me remind of his yesteryear’s cult classic Antham. Among the rest of the artistes, Samantha, Rao Ramesh and Abhinaya excelled in their roles. They will be seen for a very short duration but the whole story revolves around these characters. Ashwin, Kishore, Pravin and Shakalaka Shankar were ok. Rest of the cast were apt in the roles they enacted. Tejaswi Madivada is seen in a very short role.
On the technical front, Dialogues, Camera work, music and back ground score worked well for the movie. Haven’t watched the original, so not sure how much of Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is Ohmkar’s real vision and how much has been lifted from the original. However, he needs to be commended for sticking to the plot, especially towards the later half.
Box Office Prospects: With pre-release business of around 20 Cr, Movie Bells expects Raju Gari Gadhi 2 to attain that mark and will end up as a HIT at box-office
Final Punch: A good one time watch!
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