Racha Movie Review
Cast: Ram Charan, Tamanna, Mukesh Rushi, Ajmal, Brahmanandam, Ali and others
Directed by : Sampath Nandi
Produced by : Paras Jain, NV Prasa
Banner : Mega Supergood Films
Music : Mani Sharma
Release Date : 2012-04-05
Mega Power Star Ram Charan has done only one film after mighty Magadheera. That was Orange, which didn't go well with the mass audience as they expected a mass masala treat from the star. Now Charan offered them what they wanted with Racha. This film is an out and out paisa vasool commercial entertainer from Ram Charan. This is the first film in which Charan has done a complete mass character. Did he live up to the fans expectations as a mass hero? Is Racha good enough to earn him another hit?
What is it about?
Betting Raj (Ram Charan), who makes a living out of betting, takes up the biggest challenge of his life to save his dying father. As per the bet he will have to make Chaitra (Tamanna), a medico to fall in his love within thirty days. Chaitra's father Ballari (Mukesh Rushi) will be the biggest threat to Raj in doing so. Will Raj win the bet? What will Ballari do? Is there any other angle to this story? All these questions will be answered in the second half of the film.
Ram Charan has done a terrific job as the lead man in Racha. Although this character has over the top dialogues and excessive build up, Ram Charan did it as if it was a cake walk for him. He is a bundle of energy and inherited the confidence of his father. He has immense confidence in himself and fantastic screen presence. Director utilized it to the maximum and the output was awesome. Charan fans will be completely impressed with his 'show'. His dances and fights are a treat to watch. Charan can deliver many blockbusters if the directors make use of his capabilities.
Tamanna did well as an actress. She added the glamour factor to the movie and that will draw repeat audiences for sure. Watch out for her sizzling dance moves in the song Vaana vaana. Mukesh Rushi is fine as the villain. Partheepan is good in a small role. Ajmal delivered a neat performance. Brahmanandam provided the comic relief and Ali was hilarious in his brief role.
On the Technical Front:
Mani Sharma's music is good. He scored mass frenzy tunes as per the requirement of the script. Songs are well shot too. Dillaku Dilla and Vaana Vaana are striking on screen. Background score is an asset to Racha. Mani Sharma's experience came in handy for the director. Sameer Reddy's cinematography is very good. The climax sequence is well shot. Editing by Gowtam Raju is right on the mark.
Paruchuri Brothers excelled as dialogue writers after a long time. Despite writing few outdated dialogues, they have done a decent job in making this film a mass masala fare. Director Sampath Nandi surprises one and all with his efforts. He has it in him to handle a big film and a big star. Making the audience involved into the film without boring them with a routine formulaic script itself is a success for the director.
Racha is a film made for the mass audience. The director and the writers never tried to be street smart or creative at any instance. They have set their target and aimed at it without any diversions. Did they hit the target? They have almost hit the bull's eye! Making a commercial formulaic film is the biggest challenge these days.
Why because it will be hard to please the audience of this age with routine stuff. But when you get your basics and formula right, it is not a big deal. The writers and director have succeeded in getting the little things and right and they have created a big impact on screen.
Racha is not for intelligent audience who yearns for variety and freshness. It is a film made for mass audience and they will be pleased with the film. Racha has its weaknesses and strengths. We have to see if this is enough to shake the box office this summer.
Odds are in favor of Racha and the initial talk from the B and C centers is encouraging. Let's see if this positive buzz converts into record breaking collections and ends the drought period of Mega heroes that has been haunting them post Magadheera.
Mass and action film lovers could happily visit Racha theaters. And other so called class audience can wait until they find their Oasis in Tollywood desert.
Verdict: Racha is a paisa vasool mass entertainer.