Movie Review: Raja The Great
Ravi Teja, Mehreen, Radhika, Srinivas Reddy, Tanikella Bharani and others
Director - Anil Ravipudi
Producer - Raju, Shirish
Banner - Sri Venkateswara Creations
Music - Sai Karthik
Anil Ravipudi's previous two films were commercial hits. After Patas and Supreme, the young director has come up with Raja The Great in which the protagonist is a blind person. Raviteja played the blind character in his typical style. The film has good comedy, but on a whole it ends up as an average fare because of illogical scenes and hardcore masala elements.
What is it about?
Raja (Raviteja) is a blind man who wants to become police. He takes up a secret mission to save Lucky (Mehreen) whose life is in danger because of a dreaded goon Devaraj. How Raja saves her from him and keeps her happy for the rest of the life forms rest of the story.
Raviteja is good with his typical antics. His characterization is done well unlike usual blind protagonist characters. Raviteja's energetic portrayal and his timing work well in comedy scenes. Mehreen is a bit overweight. She should take care of her looks. Her performance is alright. The actor who played Devaraj is pretty mediocre. Tanikella Bharani is entertaining. Radhika makes an impact as hero's mother. Srinivas Reddy as hero's sidekick is good. Sampath Raj and Prakash Raj are apt in their respective roles.
Anil Ravipudi once again picks up a routine storyline sans any novelty. Even the blind protagonist doesn't bring anything novel to the table. The director relies heavily on comedy situations and thankfully a good part of those scenes have come out well. Besides comedy, there is nothing to take home.
Sai Karthik's soundtrack is very ordinary. Except for the title song, none of the songs appeal to the viewers. Background score also is average. Cinematography is decent. There is nothing special from anyone behind the screen. Even the production values are just okay for Dil Raju's standards.
It is a good idea to present a blind protagonist in an entertaining way. However, that doesn't mean one has to take the illogical route to keep the viewers entertained. Besides being visually challenged, there is nothing 'Great' about the lead in this film. It is a regular hero character from any commercial film.
Story lacks meat and the director depends upon comedic situations to keep it moving. There a few comedy episodes that have come out well. But the film fails to engage whenever it shifts to action mode. Routine fights, weak villain and illogical scenes will make the 'thinking audience' cringe in their seats. 'Leave your brains out' should be the tagline for Raja The Great as there are too many unbelievably silly scenes especially towards the climax.
A blind man chasing villains by boarding a running train is outright laughable. A feared and powerful villain failing to take on a blind man is far from believable. Despite such silliness, the comedy works in parts. Episode on Posani and co is a laughing riot. A bank heist episode involving Rajendra Prasad and Prithvi also is fun. Raviteja's natural antics and his style of humor keep the film from ending up as a dud.
Director should have presented the clash between the hero and villain in an entertaining and novel way rather treating it like a masala affair. One would expect minimum logic with a blind protagonist. Anil Ravipudi has simply taken it for granted and treated it like a regular mass masala film. The film drags on and on even after the story is concluded. Raja The Great has some hilarious scenes, but besides that it fails to impress on a whole. Its success will depend upon how B and C centers audiences embrace it.
Verdict: Raja... Very Average!