OTT Mini Review: 'Rana Naidu' - A Thriller Drama With Less Substance!

Sat Mar 11 2023 16:34:11 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

After a lot of hype and anticipation, the Netflix web series 'Rana Naidu' featuring Rana Daggubati and Venkatesh Daggubati in the main roles has finally arrived. It is an Indian adaptation of Showtime's popular how 'Ray Donovan'. Directed by Supran Vaerma and Karan Anushman, there is a lot of talk going on about it since it will be the first time for the Daggubati heroes to act in a crime drama filled with a lot of bold scenes, expletives and bloodshed. Let us see how the series turned out to be.


Rana Naidu (Rana Daggubati) is a fixer for all the problems of celebrities and rich businessmen in Mumbai. He cleans up their mess and makes a living out of it. While he fixes everyone's problems, Rana has his own share of troubles inside his family in the form of his father Naga (Venkatesh). Things start to spiral down when Naga comes out of jail and starts to meddle in Rana's business and creates problems within family as well. Why is the relationship between Rana and Naga strained? How does Rana solve the problems? These questions will be answered in the 10-episode crime drama.


Let us talk about the positives first. The main plus point of the series is the performance of the lead cast. Rana gets a powerful and author-backed role which gives a lot of scope for him to perform. He looks quite strong physically but has a lot of anger and rage inside him. Rana performs this intense role effortlessly and he carries the show throughout. Venkatesh is definitely the surprise package as the senior hero explores unchartered territory at this stage of his career and comes off with a very convincing act. He is amazing as Naga Naidu. Though it may take a while to get used to seeing the family hero in such a bold avatar, he did a fantastic job and his looked worked out well too.

The supporting cast involving Sushanth Singh, Surveen Chawla, Abhishek Banerjee, Ashish Vidyarthi, Gaurav Chopra and others have played their characters with a lot of conviction. They were very believable in their roles and Lara and Srini deserves a special mention as they did their part brilliantly. The show starts off on a racy note and the first episode establishes the characters very well. The backdrop, mood of the series, main characters and their equations have all been showcased in the first episode and many expect the drama get even thicker when Naga is introduced in a chilling manner.

The last few episodes are dealt in a gripping fashion and will definitely grab your attention. With the able performances from the lead cast, the story moves forward quickly and the drama is quite well-handles in these episodes.

Coming to the flaws, the show goes downhill after the first episode and by the time it picks up again in the last episodes, the viewers lose interest. There are way too many subplots for ones liking and screenplay takes a severe beating as the proceedings are way slow and the story doesn't movie forward at all. The writers tried to fill the gaps with unnecessary sex scenes which not only act as obstacles for the series but also makes you lose interest.

A lot of Hollywood series have intimate and bold scenes which look great onscreen but somehow the sex scenes in this series do not look good and appear way too forced and repetitive. Though the makers have warned that it is not a family show, 'Rana Naidu' makes you uncomfortable at times even when you are watching it alone. There are a lot of flaws in the series that cannot be revealed as it may act as spoilers but the makers need to be more careful about having a crisp screenplay if the show ends up getting renewed for a second season.
Verdict: Watchable Adult Crime Drama With A Lot of Flaws!