'Bangarraju' Movie Review
Cast: Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Ramya Krishna, Krithi Shetty, Vennela Kishore, Praveen and others
Music: Anup Rubens
Cinematography: J Yuvaraj
Editor: Vijay Vardhan L
Producers: Akkineni Nagarjuna
Director: Kalyan Krishna Kurasala
With big films like 'RRR' and 'Radhe Shyam' backing out of the Sankranti race, the line became clear for Akkineni heroes' 'Bangarraju'. This family entertainer is the biggest cinema this festive season and it is arriving with a lot of positive buzz. The songs got a good response and with an impressive cast, this sequel of 'Soggade Chinni Nayana' is hitting the screens today. Let us dive into the review right away!
Bangarraju (Nagarjuna) is living his best life in heaven with all the ladies swooning over him. His wife Sathya (Ramya Krishna) too passes away after a few years and goes to heaven. After meeting Bangarraju, she explains that his grandson (Chaitanya) too turned to be a playboy just like him. The grandson is not serious in life and Bangarraju along with Sathya returns to earth to correct his grandson. Apart from that, the grandson of Bangarraju had some troubles with the main villains and how everything turns out with the intervention of Bangarraju forms the rest of the story.
'Soggade Chinni Nayana' which came out in 2016 was a super hit. The character of Bangarraju and the rural flavour impressed the audience heavily. As soon as the film became successful, Nagarjuna announced the sequel but it took a good six years for 'Bangarraju' to come out. A few things which were once attractive may seem repetitive now. The character of Bangarraju was a huge hit among the masses and Nagarjuna definitely rocked the panchekattu. 'Soggade' was a hit as the audience were surprised and amazed with Nag's role but they entered the screens this time knowing what to expect. So, there is no surprise factor in 'Bangarraju'.
Over the six years, Nagarjuna aged quite a bit and though he managed to look handsome in the film, we can witness that age has finally caught up with him. This is the reason why he cleverly allowed his son Naga Chaitanya to take the front seat in the sequel. The makers focused more on Chinna Bangarraju's character this time and they should be appreciated for that.
The makers were entirely successful in making the movie look so colourful. The main cast looked good and had great chemistry among themselves. It is the biggest strength in this otherwise routine story. Both the heroes did their best to entertain the audience and the fight sequences are quite impressive too. The director tried to cover a wafer thin plot with entertainment, romance and songs. He partially succeeded in it but where the film faltered was during the emotional episodes which was supposed to be the driving factor of the film.
The second half is quite good but the first half moves on a slow pace. On the whole, 'Bangarraju' is what you expect while stepping into theatres. It delivers what is promised though the comedy scenes appear forced at times and fails to evoke any laughter. Good songs, impressive performances and perfect chemistry along with rural festive backdrop make 'Bangarraju' a passable Sankranti entertainer.
It is cake walk for Nagarjuna once again. He did not look stressed at any time and pulled off his iconic role with ease. He looked handsome too and he should be appreciated for letting his son Chaitanya to dominate the screen in this film.
Naga Chaitanya did a fantastic job. This is the first time we see him in an energetic playboy role and he is pretty convincing. His costumes and makeup are perfect and he did well in the action stunts too. The father-son duo definitely carried the entire film on their shoulders.
Krithi Shetty is delightful onscreen once again and gets a meaty role. The village girl's role perfectly suited her and she delivered a good performance. Ramya Krishna looks great and did a decent job in her brief role. Vennela Kishore brings a few laughs and the rest of the beauties too sizzled on screens with their glamour. Rao Ramesh is quite good as expected and the rest of the cast members are adequate.
The film is rich on technical front. Music by Anup Rubens is one of the biggest strengths. His songs are catchy and they are presented well onscreen. The background score is quite appealing too. The camera work is fanstastic as Yuvaraj made the screen as colourful as possible. The editing is fine though a few comedy portions could have been avoided. The fights are designed well and works perfectly. The production values are good from Nagarjuna.
Kalyan Krishna Kurasala recovered from 'Nela Ticket' and did a good job. He played it to the galleries when it comes to 'Bangarraju' and delivered what is expected from 'Soggade Chinni Nayana' sequel.
Verdict: A Passable Family Entertainer
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