Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Sampath, Vennela Kishore, Kausalya and others
Director: Kalyana Krishna
After his debut film Soggade Chinni Nayana was hugely successful, director Kalyana Krishna Kurasala directs Naga Chaitanya in the romantic drama Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam. The film is produced by Nagarjuna — his second film with Kalyana Krishna in a three-film deal. Rakul Preet Singh is the female lead and Devi Sri Prasad composed the music.
Siva (Naga Chaitanya) meets Bramaramba (Rakul Preet Singh) at a cousin’s wedding and promptly falls in love with her. Bramaramba, who is studying management course, and Siva meet frequently. Neither of them knows that their fathers were once good friends but are now enemies.
Initially, the relationship is one-sided. Shiva is genuinely in love with her but she calls him mainly when she is bored or lonely, and even gets engaged to another man.
As the film unfolds, we find out why the fathers are estranged and how Shiva impresses Bramar-amba’s father enough to get him to agree to his marrying her.
The plot of the film is not at all original. Two friends turned enemies whose kids fall in love without knowing about the history of their parents’ relationship is common in Tollywood.
But there are some modern touches in the narration. Both children are attached to their fathers — the emotional scenes between father-daughter and father-son are well handled as are the romantic scenes between Naga Chaitanya and Rakul.
The wedding scenes dominate the first half of the film, sprinkled with humour. There are many unnecessary characters, though, and the story only gets interesting in the second half.
The break-up scene is the highlight of the film and shows Naga Chaitanya at his best. There are no double-meaning dialogues, so families are the main target — a good move since this is holiday time.
Naga Chaitanya and Rakul both have done well. Naga Chaitanya’s performance is mature and has been improving with every film.
Rakul came up with a terrific performance in a film, where she plays a key role. Earlier, she had mostly appeared in glamour roles, but this film proves that she can turn in a good performance when given the chance. In a couple of scenes, she appeared to have gone overboard, but pulled herself up in time.
Kausalya plays Rakul’s mother well and Sampath gave a routine performance and Jagapathi Babu made his presence felt. Vennela Kishore provided a few laughs. The scene between Tagubothu Ramesh and Posani was boring.
Visweswar's cinematography is good and Devi Sri Prasad's music is above average with some stand-out songs. Good dialogues by Kalayana Krishna and some neat art work round off the film.
If you like family dramas with a emotional touch, go watch this one. There’s no other big film around and its holiday time, so the film may have some success.