Nagarjuna Shines in This Village Drama

Akkineni Nagarjuna's latest release, "Naa Saami Ranga," has hit the big screens with a decent buzz, promising a village drama that unfolds amidst familial ties and unexpected rivalries. Let's delve into the review to see how the film fares in terms of storytelling, performances, and overall entertainment.

Set in the village of Ambajipeta, the film revolves around the bond between President Peddayya (Nasser) and Kistayya (Nagarjuna). Loyalties are tested, and a love story between Kistayya and Mahalaxmi (Ashika Ranganath) takes an unexpected turn. The narrative weaves in the elements of rivalry, separation, and connections with characters like Dasu (Shabeer Kallarakkal) and Bhaskar (Raj Tarun). The movie aims to unravel the mysteries surrounding these relationships.

Plus Points:
Nagarjuna's enduring charm and mass appeal shine through, with his on-screen presence and dialogue delivery leaving a positive impact. Ashika Ranganath impresses with her beauty and acting prowess, taking on a character beyond her age with finesse. Allari Naresh entertains and leaves a lasting impression, particularly in the second half. MM Keeravaani's music effectively captures the emotional tones, enhancing the overall cinematic experience.
Well-designed pre-climax and climax scenes add to the movie's appeal, along with satisfactory performances from the supporting cast.

Minus Points:
The storyline lacks novelty for Telugu audiences, and the screenplay could have been more effectively managed. Characters played by Raj Tarun, Shabeer, and Rukshar Dhillon could have been developed further. The emotional bond between Allari Naresh and Nagarjuna could have been better portrayed in the first half. A more vigorous portrayal of the villain and a more thoughtful placement of a couple of songs could have improved the overall experience.

Technical Aspects:
Director Vijay Binni, in his debut, handles the film effectively, but a more focused effort on a gripping screenplay could have yielded better results. MM Keeravaani's background score elevates numerous scenes, capturing the right mood for different emotions. Editing, cinematography, and production values contribute to the film's quality. The art department deserves recognition for its valuable contributions.

"Naa Saami Ranga" is a watchable village drama with commendable performances from Nagarjuna, Allari Naresh, and Ashika Ranganath. Despite some hurdles like a slow-paced first half and the absence of significant highlight sequences, the film promises enjoyment for mass and family audiences, particularly during this festive season. While it may not appeal to all sections of the audience, it holds the potential to entertain a certain demographic.

Rating 3 stars

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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