Review : Rama Rao on duty

Ramarao on duty movie review
Cast: Ravi Teja, Rajisha Vijayan, Divyanshakousish, Venu Thottempudi, Nazar, Tanikella Bharani, John Vijay, Rahul Ramakrishna, Chaitanya Krishna and others.
Cinematography: Sathyan Suryan
Music: Sam CS
Producer: Sudhakar Cherukuri
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Direction: Sarath Mandava

Telugu cinema is currently facing ups and downs. It has become a challenge for the directors to attract the audience to the theaters for a few weeks. It is known that the Producers Guild has recently announced that they are going to stop the shootings from August 1. Even in such ambiguous situations, Ravi Teja starrer ‘Rama Rao On Duty’ created a good hype. Fans were eagerly waiting for another powerful mass entertainer from Ravi Teja. And let’s find out how far this movie has met those expectations..

About the story..

This is a story set in 1995. Rama Rao (Ravi Teja) is a righteous and honest Tahsildar. He believes that government job is a great way to serve people. He stands by the farmers who lost their lands in Srikakulam and ensures that they get proper compensation. Later he will come on transfer to Horsley Hills of Chittoor district. There he meets his ex-girlfriend Malika (Rajeesha Vijayan) on one occasion. It is known that her husband has been missing for a year. Rama Rao takes the responsibility of solving this missing case. In this process, he learns that Malika’s husband and twenty other people from the same area left the house and did not return. In the process of investigating these missing cases, Rama Rao comes to know the terrible truth. What is the involvement of red sandalwood mafia behind so many missing? How did Rama Rao solve this case? The rest of the story of the film is about who was found guilty.

Story Analysis…

Director Sarath Mandava has written this story in the background of the 1995s with the inspiration of the real Sanghatalana. Usually the protagonist is a government employee i.e. a hero who reforms the shortcomings of the system and achieves the goal. But this story is woven in the background of red sandalwood mafia..police network that cooperates with it. The story is directed as an investigative action thriller with a murder mystery element added to it. Seeing the way Rama Rao’s character is introduced as a government employee who stands on the side of the people, the audience thinks that his fight is going to be on any social issues. The story takes a turn when Rama Rao’s ex-girlfriend Malika tells about her husband missing. From there, Rama Rao’s efforts to break the network behind the series of missings are shown. But none of these could spread so much excitement. Although Rama Rao manages to create interest in the episode where Rama Rao learns that his little grandmother’s son Ananth (Rahul Ramakrishna) is a member of the red sandalwood mafia network, the subsequent investigation seems to be based on the audience’s imagination.

As part of his research, Rama Rao seems to unravel many riddles but none of the scenes are interesting. The mystery of the story seems to be solved only when it is known that SP Devanand (John Vijay) has links with the red sandalwood mafia. At one stage the story and narratives seem stretched. Although the attempt to make an investigative movie with a mass hero like Ravi Teja seems new, his style seems to miss the commercial elements. However, the fighting scenes are designed in a way that impresses the fans. Even the climactic moments could not spread any excitement. Finally successful in his mission, Rama Rao is appointed by the government as a special officer to suppress the red sandalwood mafia. With this twist in the story, the director hinted that the film will have a sequel.

Performance of actors

Ravi Teja is not new to these types of roles. As the government employee Rama Rao, he impressed with his unique performance. In terms of looks, he lost weight and looked slim. Ravi Teja impresses the audience with his own mark in emotion and action episodes. Venu Thottempudi, who re-entered after a long hiatus, appeared in the role of CI Murali. His comedy timing and performance are good. But being a less important character in the story seems to be a minus. The heroines Rajisha Vijayan and Divyansha Kausish appeared in Abhinaya’s lead roles. Nazar and Tanikella Bharani impressed with their performances in other roles. Rahul Ramakrishna and Arvindkrishna appeared in negative roles. Music by Sam CS, background score is good. The melody of a song sung by Siddhreeram and a song with the theme of Spain are mainly impressive. The background score is well done elevating the emotions of the story. Sathyan Suryan’s camera work is impressive. Visuals are shown well especially in the songs. It was filmed without any compromise in terms of structure.

Verdict:

In the movie ‘Rama Rao On Duty’, one feels that Ravi Teja’s trademark mass elements and entertainment are missing. It would have been better if some care had been taken in the matter of narrative treatment. But those who like investigative concepts are likely to like this movie.

Rating: 2.5/5

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