Akkineni Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya’s rural drama, Bangarraju, a spin-off to the 2016 blockbuster Soggade Chinni Nayana is carrying good expectations among the audience. Directed by Kalyan Krishna, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it goes.
Opens in heaven, the film showcases the king-size life of Bangarraju and his joyful moments with his wife( role played by Ramya Krishna). Later, the proceedings lead to the entry of Chinna Bangarraju ( Naga Chaitanya) and his war of words with the village Sarpanch Naga Lakshmi (Krithi Shetty). Disappointed with the equation between the youngsters, Bangarraju along with his wife returns to Earth to sort out all the issues between both of them.
In the meantime, Bangarraju also notices that a group of people are planning to steal the village temple property and make a sketch to kill Chinna Bangarraju, who is against them. How will Pedha Bangarraju sort out all the issues between Chinna Bangarraju and Naga Lakshmi and save his grandson from the enemies? Forms the main USB of the film.
Nag is simply superb as Bangarraju and pull off the given role in an effective manner. Be it his dialogue delivery or his mannerisms, watching Nag on screen is just an outstanding experience for the audience.
Naga Chaitanya as Chinna Bangarraju is good but his character has nothing much to perform except for imitating Pedha Bangarraju ( his grandfather). His character lacks originality which is a minus for the film but still Naga Chaitanya’s avatar as a village guy is good. Watching Nag and Naga Chaitanya together on screen in a feast for definitely a feast for Akkineni fans.
Krithi Shetty as village belle is cute and her chemistry with Naga Chaitanya is captivating. Ramya Krishna, who played the crucial role in Soggade Chinni Nayana did the same character in Bangarraju also but her screen time is limited to only a couple of scenes.
Kalyan Krishna who directed Soggade Chinni Nayana directs Bangarraju. While the director’s idea of writing the script based on Bangarraju’s character is good, he would have worked even more to explore the fresh approach towards Naga Chaitanya’s character.
After the character establishment scenes, Kalyan Krishna would have focused on presenting the comic angle in Naga Chaitanya through Pedha Bangarraju’s role. If he would have written the first half narration in a gripping way, the result would have been even better.
Anup Rubens’ music is a major plus for Soggade Chinni Nayana but his work for Bangarraju is only limited to a few songs. But his background score elevates the mood of the film.
The cinematography by Yuvaraj is top-notch as he presented the village vibe in a beautiful manner. Editing by Vivek Vardhan K is adequate.
The production design is good and so is the case with the production values for this star-studded movie.
Overall, Bangarraju is a rural drama that has enough clap-worthy moments. Though the first half proceedings look dull at times, the pace picks up during the interval block and will continue the same momentum till the end. Considering the festival season, Bangarraju has brighter chances to emerge as highest grosser in both Nag and Naga Chaitanya.