High on colour, low on freshness

Story: Chinna Bangarraju is taking ahead his grandfather Bangarraju’s legacy of being an enormous flirt. His nervous grandmother nonetheless desires to make sure he isn’t lonely anymore earlier than she passes on.

Overview: With Bangarraju, Kalyan Krishna picks up the place he left off with Soggade Chinni Nayana. Whereas he makes an attempt to attach the threads to each movies, he forgets to inject some freshness in a executed and dusted script. The movie depends closely on Akkineni followers’ pleasure at seeing Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya collectively in a single body. However is that sufficient to make this the proper Sankranthi watch?

Chinna Bangarraju (Naga Chaitanya) has grown up with out his mother and father within the care of his grandmother Satyabhama (Ramya Krishnan). His father Ram Mohan (Nagarjuna) leaves him underneath her care and returns to the US after the demise of his spouse Seetha (Lavanya Tripathi) in child-birth. Regardless of hailing from a household that’s tasked with taking care of the native temple, he grows up sharing a troublesome relationship with God resulting from dropping his family members early in life. As a substitute of taking care of the village, he passes time by enjoying card video games and antagonising Naga Lakshmi (Krithi Shetty), who’s the sarpanch’s (Rao Ramesh) daughter. Satyabhama enlists her husband Bangarraju’s (Nagarjuna) assist to assist their grandson cool down, however little do they know what they are going to be serving to him from hazard too.

Bangarraju begins out nicely. There’s gems unearthed from beneath the temple. There’s additionally a snake that’s guarding the identical construction. A priest has sinister foreboding. To nobody’s shock, Bangarraju is making merry with Rambha-Urvasi-Menaka in heaven as a substitute of flirting his approach by way of hell. Chinna Bangarraju is quirky; Naga Lakshmi is a manic pixie dream woman who’s painted out to be dumb only for a number of laughs. Satyabhama is that grandma who can’t transfer on (actually) until she sees her grandson blissful. Ram Mohan is again to doing what he does greatest – ignoring his household. Daksha Nagarkar, Meenakshi Dixit play cameos. It’s all excessive on drama, low on logic and laughs, but compelling sufficient to make you need to sit by way of, because of vibrant numbers.

However quickly Kalyan Krishna tries to tug off twists that appear positioned for the sake of it and introduce outdated characters (Sampath Raj) too late into the story by connecting them to new characters like Aadi (Padma Soorya), who begins to look misplaced after some time. He additionally begins to peel off the layers of Chinna Bangarraju however loses the plot halfway by way of. The thread in Soggade Chinni Nayana is changed by a hoop and earlier than you recognize it, Faria Abdullah is dancing to Vaasivaadi Tassadiyya which brings some reduction. However then once more in case you’re wanting ahead to songs, is the story actually all that partaking? Bangarraju begins to look like an overtly lengthy movie that doesn’t actually have something new to inform. It simply looks as if outdated wine in a brand new bottle.

Nagarjuna brings an ease to his characters as all the time and exhibits extra variation between Bangarraju and Ram Mohan than Naga Chaitanya does as Chinna Bangarraju, when he’s possessed by Bangarraju. Positive, the slow-motion photographs that characteristic each the actors in a single body is cool and all, particularly in the direction of the fag finish of the movie, however perhaps somewhat extra humour would’ve saved the day. Krithi does nicely in a personality that doesn’t actually give her scope to carry out. Ramya Krishnan is an absolute delight as all the time. Anup Rubens’ music is enjoyable and suits nicely into the story. Cinematographer Yuvaraj additionally pulls off the visuals nicely. The weak VFX nonetheless is a let-down and doesn’t allow you to immerse nicely into the story.

All in all Bangarraju would possibly take the story of Soggade Chinni Nayana ahead, however the movie pales compared to its predecessor. And that makes it a satisfactory watch this Sankranthi.

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