Film: Nene Raju Nene Mantri
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal
Producer: D. Suresh Babu, Kiran Reddy, Bharath Chowdary
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Director Teja, is ready with his comeback film “Nene Raju Nene Mantri” starring Rana Daggubati and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles. This political thriller had definitely raised the buzz among the audience due to the unique promotions made by Rana across India using different techniques such as Augmented Reality. Lets see whether Rana’s trust in Teja could deliver him a hit
Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is sent to Anantapur central prison for capital punishment (Death by hanging). He makes a last wish by asking to telecast his life story on television, where the story goes into flashback mode. Jogendra and Radha (Kajal Aggarwal) lead a happy life in a small village. One incident forces Jogendra to take plunge into politics. He starts his first step by becoming village sarpanch and soon starts growing into much bigger league of politics through his mind games.
He finally ends up as cabinet minister in the CM's (Tanikella Bharani) cabinet, however he does not want to stop there and plans to become CM but faces many hurdles from rivalry group. Fed up with the blockers in his party, he tries to contest in the election independently but loses all his money due to raids. His financial loss makes him move back to his village and he decides to quit politics for the sake of Radha. Can Jogendra stay away from politics after all this journey? Why did he end up in jail? Will he be hanged? Is what the remaining story is about.
High Dosage of Sentiment Scenes
Too Many Cinematic Liberties
Teja who does not have any good hit in the past decade, had tried to make strong comeback with “Nene Raju Nene Mantri”. From the impressive starcast to top Tollywood production house, he got everything right, but all his horses went down in second half that took away the film completely into other direction.
He handled first half beautifully with all the right ingredients. He showed the journey of Jogendra from a small time village businessman to cabinet minister. Rana had rocked in the role of Jogendra with his stellar performance. Kajal had also excelled with her chemistry with Rana.
Apart from Navdeep, who got to play important role in this film, all other characters such as Pradeep Ravath, Posani, Ajay, Tanikella Bharani, Ashutosh Rana, Catherine Tresa just played their part in Jogendra’s long political journey. However, family and sentiment scenes in second half was overdone and dragged till death. There are lots of boring and unnecessary scenes that can be trimmed for better viewing experience.
In the complete process of playing mind games, some of the Jogendra’s tactics appear quite silly and cinematic such as Focus TV owner, Devika Rani (Catherine Tresa) who tries to expose the truth behind Jogendra’s fast political growth falls for him just because he rapes her. In the railway track scene, when two scorpios block Jogendra’s fortuner doors, he could have easily get out of the SUV by opening dicky door but our director want to show some unreal heroism with our hero by making him fly in the air, which was funny in that serious situation. Unreal climax scene shows that Director Teja took reality television show voting too seriously.
Since this is political drama, scenes should be close enough to real life so that audience can connect to them, but that is completely missing here. Music by Anoop Rubens is good in places and parts. Cinematography by Venkat C. Dileep is good. In summary, Nene Raju Nene Mantri had good take-off but poor landing.
Result: Jogendra Disappoints