Ragada Movie Review
Rating : 3
Caption : Full Mass Entertainer
Starring : Nagarjuna, Anushka Shetty, Priyamani
Director : Veeru Potla
Producer : D.Siva Prasad Reddy
Banner : Kamakshi Enterprises
Music Director: Thaman
Devender Reddy(Satya Prakash) an aspiring MLA insists Dr. Nirmala(Venniradai Nirmala) a famous doctor to support him in the elections as she is very much popular among the poor and greedy in the area. As she rejects Devender Reddy issues a notice to Dr. Nirmala to vacate the hospital she is running as the land was donated by his late father. Satya(Nagarjuna) an orphan who was grown up by Dr. Nirmala as her son insults Deveneder Reddy in public, Peddanna(Pradeep Rawat) a rowdy turned politician who comes to know about his brother is being insulted orders Nanda(Sushanth Singh) to kill Dr. Nirmala. The rest how Satya takes his revenge on Peddanna, You got to watch this Action packed drama on the silver screen to experience it.
Nagarjuna looked handsome and younger than his previous flick. His style and charisma are an added bonus to this film. Nag tried for Rayalaseema accent which didn’t have any impact. Anushka is gorgeous. She has outdone the rest with her unmatchable screen presence. Priyamani exposed her body more than Anushka to make her presence felt. On performance side, she had the upper hand. Charmi sizzled in a song.
Pradeep Rawat doesn’t have anything to do except howling and yelling all the time. Dev Gill who excelled in Magadheera is given a spineless character in this film. Kota Srinivasa Rao is standard.
Brahmanandam played a lengthy role and helped the proceedings. In fact Brahmanandam is the only relief in this over dose action masala. Master Bharat is fine. There is nothing to mention about rest of the star cast.
Veeru Potla, who said that he is a great fan of Nagarjuna sketched a character which would be cherished by Nagarjuna fans. The story of Ragada offers nothing new. Even the treatment of the film is done as per the age old commercial formula. First half of the film is packed with good humor, energetic songs and high voltage fights. Although there is nothing unseen or novel in the first half we won’t complain much as we get our dose of entertainment. However, the problem arises in the second half when the actual story starts.
Director shows only half of the hero’s flashback and throws in some (un)expected twists These series of twists involving both the heroines reminds you of Bollywood hit film Race. Then he reveals the rest of the flashback giving a lead to the climax very ordinary and too routine.
There are lots of continuity problems in this film. Pradeep Rawat warns that he would kill Nagarjuna in few hours during the interval scene. But he completely forgets about the deadline and takes his own time to reach him. There are many such instances where the director took liberty to write dialogs which neither he nor his characters takes them serious.
It is like every other commercial potboiler which can make quick bucks at the ticket windows. Even if we prepare ourselves for an entertaining fare, Ragada still disappoints you especially in the second hour.
Veeru Potla’s funny one-liners worked in few scenes. On a whole he does an average job as dialogue writer. Thaman’s songs are in sync with the mood of the film. But nothing stays on your mind or haunts you. Background score is good though. Sarvesh Murari did a fantastic job behind the camera. His cinematography is the biggest plus for this stylishly shot film. Marthand K. Venkatesh editing is slick but there are few jumps here and there. Production values are good.
Plus Points: GoodEntertainment,Nagarjuna’sstyle,Anushka’s glamour,Commercial elements
Minus points: Age old story based on revengeformula, Second half drags,Ordinary climax
Verdict: After knowing the whole story Ragada looks hollow and pointless. Director only tried to woo the fans and attract the masses with masala elements. If you go for a film for watching fights, songs, comedy and beautiful heroines flaunting their assets, then Ragada will surely entertain you. But if you look for something new or search for a purpose, Ragada leaves you in agony.
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