Movie Review: Nene Raju Nene Mantri

RATING: 2.75/3

OVERVIEW: Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is a money lender from Uravakonda in Anantapur district. He loves his wife Radha (Kajal) more than anything else in this world. As a mark of respect for his love, he’s called as ‘ Radha Jogendra’. One day Radha is insulted by the Sarpanch’s wife and meets with a personal tragedy. To teach a lesson to the headstrong village head, Jogendra resolves to become Sarpanch. Within no time, he not only becomes Sarapanch but also MLA. With his brilliance at executing stunning plans that upset the opponents at drop of the hat, Jogendra aspires to reach greater heights, with an ultimate aim to become Chief minister. In his journey to adorn the CM position, his life goes through turmoil. Will he achieve the CM post? How he overcomes the obstacles in his path…Has to be witnessed on the screen.

REVIEW: Rana Daggubati has given one of his career-best performances. Audience could see the remarkable confidence levels of the Macho Actor after ‘Baahubali’. His get-up & performance made the character of Jogendra so special. He carried the whole movie of his shoulders and elevated the negative shades in this character to the next level. He is quite impressive in emotional scenes.

Kajal Agarwal essayed a crucial role in ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri’ & she has done complete justice to it. Catherine Tresa suited the role she played to T. Shivaji Raja is too good. Navdeep is alright. Ashutosh Rana’s Role as antagonist wasn’t etched well. Tanikella, Ajay and Prabhas Seenu are okay.

Nene Raju Nene Mantri first half in itself is a shocker. Director Teja surprises us with his gripping narration and differently envisioned scenes. Teja seems to have reinvented himself. Adding fuel to the fire Rana delivered his career’s best role. Jogendra’s multi-faceted characterization with love, street smartness, cruelty and political cunningness have been portrayed well.

After delivering a great first half, Teja’s script fizzles in the second half with most of the scenes being over the top. Kajal’s death episode is lengthy and tests viewer’s patience. Around 20minutes of the film could be trimmed easily. The climax is superficial. However, there are ample comedy dialogues by Posani and Prabhas Sreenu even in second half.

 

Songs in movie are situational and serve the purpose of carrying the story forward. Anup’s background score elevates the mood and adds intensity to the proceedings, especially in the pre-climax and climax scenes. Dialogues by Lakshmi Bhupal are functional. He penned several punch dialogues that play to the galleries.The film is shot realistically in natural locales. Editing it’s adequate as it complements the movie’s flow. Production values are quite impressive.

Final Verdict of the film is Nene Raju Nene Mantri is complete political thriller and Rana’s performance, Teja’s direction is the highlight people will talk about. A worth watch who has interest in politics.The movie is overall a good watch with a sad ending.

 

–panchajanya