Rating: 3.25/5
Banners: Housefull Movies, Rajasyamala Entertainments
Cast: Prakash Raj, Ramya Krishnan, Brahmanandam, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Shivathmika Rajashekar, Aadarsh Balakrishna, Rahul Sipligunj, Ali Reza, and others
Music: Maestro Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematographer: Raj K Nalli
Director: Krishna Vamsi
Editor: Pavan V K
Producers: Kalipu Madhu, S Venkat Reddy
Release date: 22nd March, 2023

It has been quite a while since creative genius Krishna Vamsi scored a hit and despite his lull, there are many who eagerly wait to see him bounce back. This time, he chose a remake subject so let us see how this has gone.

Raghava Rao (Prakash Raj) is a renowned theatre artist and after achieving a lot of fame and glory in his work, he decides to retire. The time comes when he has to distribute his wealth among the children Sri (Shivatmika) and Ranga (Aadarsh). However, after distributing, trouble begins as the children start ill treating Raghava Rao and his wife (Ramya Krishnan). What happens from there forms the rest of the story.

Prakash Raj has delivered a powerhouse performance and this one will get etched in the hearts of the audience for a long time. Second in the list is Brahmanandam. This is an unseen angle in him and he crushes the hearts during the emotional scenes. Ramya Krishnan was very good. Shivathmika was neat, Aadarsh was apt, Rahul was effective, Anasuya was upto the mark. Ali Reza was adequate. The others also got their share to contribute.

The story was well written and the dialogues were excellent in a few places. The script was packaged neatly but the screenplay had few gaps. The background score was superb and songs have a strong recall value. Cinematography was impressive. Editing missed at key places. Costumes suited the backdrop rightly and the art department was colorful. The production values looked justified.

Second half
Prakash Raj-Brahmi sequences
Emotional quotient

First half
Familiar narrative

Deeper Look
The film happens to be the remake of the Marathi movie 'Nata Samrat' featuring the spellbinding actor Nana Patekar in the lead. Here, the mantle was taken by Prakash Raj and it must be said he was no less. It looked as if both Prakash and Brahmi were waiting to unleash their ferocious side as performers. As such, the story doesn't have any commercial or masala elements. It is an honest tale of how few parents get treated by their children when they grow old. The film takes off with a few bumps and it takes a while before settling down. It needs a bit of trim for things to look good. The interval bang was alright and things change in the second half. There are many dramatic and emotional scenes which are sure to squeeze the hearts of the family audience. It appears Krishna Vamsi also put his heart and soul into this project and extracted the best from his team. Overall, this is a film which will appeal to the family and content seeking audience more than the mainstream audience. At the box office, it has a fair chance to become an above average grosser but it will certainly fetch a galore of critical acclaim and awards.

Vox Verdict
Emotional Treat!

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