Director : Teja
Producer : Suresh Daggubati, CH Bharath Chowdhary
Music Director : Anoop Rubens
Production Company : Suresh Productions , Blue Planet Entertainments
Cast : Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal, Catherine Tresa
Release Date : 11th August 2017
Rate : 2.5/5
Teja’s political thriller drama ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri’ starring Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal and Catherine Tresa, has hit the theaters today on 11th August 2017. The posters, teasers and trailers of the film have all been received well. Let’s see the story-line.
Story Line: Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is a small-time businessman in a village who lives with his wife Radha (Kajal Aggarwal) and decides to contest for the post of village sarpanch. A few political games lead Jogendra to become a minister in the cabinet of Tanikella Bharani. He grows up big time as a politician and aims to become the chief minister. But he resigns from his post after he faces rivalry within the party and contests in the elections as an independent candidate and he also is given death by hanging judgement in Ananthapur prison. What happens next forms the crux of the story of story.
Performance: As usual Rana as Jogendra delivered fantastic performance. The story is about the rise, fall, redemption of Jogendra. He has shown some variations between the political scenes- Jogendra as an aspiring politician to a scheming money lender to an a powerful, greedy MLA, he goes through many graphs from an innocent, scared commoner, to a rising, confident politician to a ruthless, greedy MLA. Rana's character Jogendra's well-kept beard, ear piercing and stylish glasses, and the traditional attire just elevates the hot factor. Apart from his politician act, he justified with the role of the husband, who is incomplete without Radha, his wife. As he puts it, where there is Radha, there is Jogendra. Kajal Aggarwal as Radha was fairly decent. Within a limited role, Kajal put on a decent show. The chemistry between Rana Daggubati and Kajal Aggarwal is another talking point. They are comfortable, easy, and a delight to watch. Navdeep has done a fine job in his role. Except for Kajal Aggarwal, the rest of the supporting cast didn’t complement the actor. Catherine Tresa was good as TV Journalist, her dialogue delivery was hilarious.
Technical: The Storyline of Nene Raju Nene Mantri written by Teja is good. Dialogues penned by Lakshmi Bhupal are superb. The film has good production values and background score, picturisation, action scenes and punch dialogues are the attractions on the technical front. Production Value is good. The music by Anup Rubens is impressive. The cinematography by Venkat C. Dileep is good while the editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is disappointing.
Analysis: Rana’s performance is the major asset of the film. He carries the entire responsibility of the film on his shoulder. The major drawback of the film are Teja’s jerky, choppy, faulty direction, the dragging story and Catherine Tresa. A fast-paced, thrilling story fizzled out because of faulty direction. At several instances, there is no flow in the scenes! Sharp editing, sharper direction could have saved this movie from being a drag fest, but alas! In certain sequences, there is no explanation for what happened, it just happens and the audiences have to accept! Nene Raju Nene Mantri is watchable for its good first half and bold political tone.