Mahesh P’s Ra Ra… Krishnayya (2014) Movie Review

Cast: Sundeep Kishan, ReginaCassandra, Jagapathi Babu, Kalyani, Ravi Babu, Tanikella Bharini, Thagubothu Ramesh, Satyam Rajesh
Direction: Mahesh P
Music: Achu Rajamani
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Cinematography: Sriram
Censor Certificate: A
Runtime: 139.55 Minutes
Ra Ra Krishnayya starts as a pure comedy and later focuses on romance. Cab driver, Kittu (Sundeep Kishan) is in very low spirits when the owner of the Manikyam Green Cabs, Manikyam (Tanikella Bharini) cheats him and along with that the savings of Kittu. Being meek by nature, he reaches Manikyam’s house in an intoxicated state to fight with him and get his money back. The engagement ceremony of Manikyam’s daughter, Nandiswari (Regina) is taking place at that hour, who sees a golden opportunity in this event to run away from an unwanted marriage. She runs away from there with Kittu, showing to the eye-witnesses as if Kittu has kidnapped her. To the world, Kittu is the kidnapper and Nandu is the kidnapped but the reality is vice versa. Now starts the adventurous journey of this duo which is destined to become a couple in due course of time and during this journey, they arrange ample laughing and tickling moments for the audience watching them on the screen.
One of the main drawbacks of the film is the performance of the film’s cast. Sundeep Kishan, who has never went wrong with his performances as an actor, he is okay in this role. He should work on the emotional sequences and his dubbing. The biggest advantage of the film has been pretty girl Regina Cassandra. She is apt for the role of Chirpy Nandu. She sizzled in the songs, esp. Ra Ra Krishnayya title track. Jagapathi Babu is good. Director should have worked to make his laugh less horrific. Kalyani, Bhramaji are limited to small roles. Ravi Babu is okay, as usual, as the comedic villain suffering from Frustration Disaster Czecholslovakia. Chalapathi Rao, Thagubothu Ramesh are funny in parts. Rest of the cast supported the lead cast perfectly.
First things first Ra Ra… Krishnayya is a freemake of Bollywood successful film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012) starring Ritesh and Genelia in the lead roles. Even it has a pinch of Venkatadari Express (2013). Off course it isn’t comparable at all. The first half of Ra Ra Krishnayya is very low on entertainment and in the second half director conceives few sentimental scenes and supports the film. There was a time when absurd stories and silly jokes could have been smartly conceived with some regular mass masala to fool the viewers in the guise of making entertainer. The Industry is moving on and things are changing, but sadly the Ra Ra Krishnayya makers just remade a Bollywood entertainer with unwanted developments which neither entertain you nor engage. With nothing much happening on the story front, the focus is to keep the viewers hooked with some mad scenes and Regina’s Oomph factor. Mahesh Babu.P’s director is a mixed bag. In all fairness, Director has made things look chic with some superb visuals by Sriram and decent music by Achu Rajamani. Though there are some interesting moments here and there in the whole the effort by the team is only partly successful. Other than them everyone involved in this film technical side are totally middling. Editor Marthand K Venkatesh could have easily cut short the film by 15 odd minutes in the first half. The fight sequence to save Regina from Ravi Babu deserves a special mention. Art work is decent in the film, the Maryada Ramanna house looks good with new touches. Production Values of SVK Cinema’s are good.
Ra Ra Krishnayya is another example of a new trend in Tollywood, where a salable star’s presence is misused to get some big profits. The stars who such gimmicks are taking their popularity and the viewers who adore them, for a ride. Sad. Positives of the film are Regina Cassandra & Cinematography. On the flip side its un-wanted developments to suit Telugu nativity, No character arc’s for main characters and dragged first half. On the whole, this one has been a stylish disappointment, nothing less.

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