OTT Review: Rana Naidu
Director: Suparn Verma & Karan Anshuman
Producer: Sunder Aaron
Music Director: John Stewart Eduri
Starring: Venkatesh Daggubati, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Surveen Chawla, Abhishek Banerjee, Priya Banerjee, Adithya Menon, Mukul Chadda, Rajesh Jais, Rajesh Kumar & others
Release date: 10th March 2023
Rana Naidu web series review: Rana Naidu is a web series in which Venkatesh Daggubati and Rana Daggubati acted together for the first time. Based on the American drama series Ray Donovan, this series is directed by Karan Anshuman and Supern Verma. The series was released by Netflix. Did Venkatesh and Rana impress the audience with this web series? You have to go through the story to know how their OTT debut was.
Story: Rana Naidu (Rana) solves any problem faced by celebrities in Mumbai. He lives happily with his wife and children. He has younger brothers Tejnaidu (Sushant Singh) and Jaffanaidu (Abhishek Banerjee). Their lifestyle is different from that of Rana Naidu. Rana Naidu’s father Naga Naidu (Venkatesh) is released after serving fifteen years in prison. Rana Naidu does not like his father’s release from jail. He hates him instantly. In the end he didn’t even like to be called father. What is the reason for that? Who sent Naga Naidu to jail for a crime he did not commit? How does Naga Naidu solve the problem faced by Rana Naidu due to Surya (Ashish Vidyarthi), a most wanted gangster? How Rana Naidu saved his family from the clutches of that gangster, form rest of the story.
· Venkatesh performance
· Rana Daggubati performance
· Cuss words
Performance: Rana Daggubati as Rana Naidu, a fixer who cleans up the dirty secrets of celebrities in Mumbai, delivers his wonderful performance. He does his job brilliantly. Venkatesh gets a completely new makeover. The audiences will be shocked to witness Venkatesh playing a character with grey shades and mouthing the foul language. His mannerisms and dialogue delivery are new in Salt and Pepper look. With this series, Venkatesh proves that he can play any sort of role with conviction. Surveen Chawla gets the important role. She, as the wife of Rana, perform well. The character Jaffa essayed by Abhishek Banerjee, is ok. Ashish Vidyarthi in villain role is routine. Rest of the cast are good in their respective roles.
Technical: Rana Naidu doesn’t have much story to tell- a simple family story surrounding a crime backdrop. Production values are good. The music by John Stewart and the background score in the climax is solid. Cinematography by Jayakrishna Gummadi is not bad. Telugu dubbing is amazing. The series seems boring with few scenes. So the editing team could have done more work. The screenplay is not so interesting.
Analysis: The story of a son who hates his father and a father who tries to teach him a lesson about these two characters is simple. The directors aroused interest in the series with the scene where Rana’s character makes an entry as a person who solves the problems of Bollywood celebrities. After that, the first episode starts with the scene of Naga Naidu being released from jail and meeting his sons. At the end of this episode, the real story starts where Venkatesh and Rana meet. Realizing that his son Rana has put him in jail, the series revolves around the steps taken by Naga to deal with him and how Rana Naidu deals with the problems of celebrity while facing the challenges of his father.