Film: Raja The Great
Director: Anil Ravipudi
Cast: Ravi Teja, Mehreen Pirzada
Producer: Dil Raju
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Ravi Teja is back on the screens with ‘Raja The Great’ after a long gap of two years. In this movie, he will be playing the role of a blind protagonist for the first time in his career. Dil Raju, who is riding high with three successful movies this year (Shatamanam Bhavati, Nenu Local and Fidaa), is very confident on the result of this movie and in fact he even celebrated the success of the movie even before the movie release. Will Dil Raju’s prediction turn out to be true? Let’s find out.
Prakash (Prakash Raj) is an honest and strict police officer who likes his daughter Lucky (Mehreen) a lot. His strictness makes him a new enemy in the name of Devaraj (Vivan Bhatena), who kills Prakash and also goes after his daughter. Raja (Ravi Teja), a visually challenged person with good sensory stimuli, is forced by his constable mother Anantha Lakshmi (Radhika) to save Lucky from the Devaraj gang. He moves to Darjeeling and slowly becomes her friend as a part of that secret mission.
In the meantime, Devaraj gang locates Lucky and try to finish their unfinished business. Why does Devaraj wants to kill Lucky? How does visually impaired Raja protect Lucky from Devaraj? forms the crux of the story.
Some Comedy Scenes
Routine Revenge Story
Every commercial movie in Tollywood has one common point i.e. Revenge Story. Hero or Heroine gets affected by Villain and eventually hero takes his revenge on Villain and gives a happy ending to the movie. “Raja The Great” is also a typical revenge story but of a blind hero. Rest everything is same to same.
Anil Ravipudi, whose last film “Supreme” turned out to be an average fare, shared that his last film’s result had forced him to come up with different story than the regular commercial films. However, there is nothing different in this story apart from Ravi Teja playing the role of the blind person for the first time in his career. Director mostly tried to incorporate comedy in every other scene. But, this forceful comedy did not work out in many places.
First half starts with young Mehreen's dance performance in Akshara public school Annual function and bonding scenes between Prakash Raj and his daughter Mehreen. Later, the enmity between Prakash raj and Vivan Bhatev is established. Prakash Raj gets killed while trying to save his daughter. Inspector General of police, Sampath Raj plans a secret operation to save Mehreen. Constable Raadhika requests IG and makes his son Raja part of that secret mission. Soon interval block comes with a fight scene between Raja and the villain gang in Darjeeling.
Second half moves to Bhuvangiri heroines's father house where Ravi Teja tries to set straight Lucky's wicked uncles : Prabhas Seenu, Posani Krishna Murali, Satyam Rajesh, Chitram Seenu. Shortly emotional scenes come into picture followed by confrontation scenes between hero and villain that brings the movie to the climax with an action episode. Issue with the movie is that the main point of the story is revealed within first 30 minutes, so there is no suspense factor that could hold audience in their chairs.
Radhika was apt in the role of Ravi Teja’s mother, she even got the opportunity to dance in this movie. Even though they are many comedians in this film such as Rajendra Prasad, Annapurna, Radhika, Vidyullekha Raman, Ali, Bithiri Sathi, Raghu Babu and 30 year pruthvi, they all disappear after coming in one or two scenes. But, Srinivas Reddy got a lengthy role in this movie as Bujji and stays beside hero throughout the movie. Sampoornesh Babu, Raashi Khanna, Sapthagiri and Thagubothu Ramesh were shown as special appearance in the last song
Although Ravi Teja tells that he blind but trained, his super human like capabilities does not appear realistic and director did not make it look genuine. Mehreen Pirzada got another interesting role in this film and performed best to her abilities. Songs by Sai Karthick does not add any value for this film. Finally, Raja the Great could have been much better if Anil Ravipudi had focused more on the second half.
Result: Not So Great