is a hot-blooded and restless youth who cant tolerate injustice
that is being done in the society. In the process, he picks
up fight with local mafia leader Ankineedu (Anandraj). Ankineedu
stabs Sirisha - the ladylove of Raghava - to death. He also
issues ultimatum to the parents of Raghava to leave the city
in few hours. The vexed parents ask Raghava to accompany them
only if he agrees to listen to their words. They take Raghava
to Mantralayam - a relatives place - and make him become a
devotee of Lord Raghavendra Swamy.
entire episode comes as flashback. Raghava has a pretty sister-in-law
(maradalu) called Maha Lakshmi (Swetha Agarwal) in Mantralayam.
Raghava becomes a saint-like-man and does not even respond
when some goons humiliate Maha Lakshmi. He does not bother
to retaliate even when goons strip Maha Lakshmi off of her
cloths in public.
parents of Raghava - who forcibly restricted the helping nature
of Raghava - ask Raghava to get rid of his maala and
go back to society to serve people. The rest of the story
is about how Raghava retaliates and puts an end to the lives
of villain gang.
Prabhas looks absolutely ravishing with his 'Raghavendra'
getup. He is of 6.2 feet height and looks rugged. Suresh Krishna
took all the precautions to magnify that manliness of Prabhas
by portraying effectively with the stylish mass characterization
on the screen. His mannerism of biting the lower lip with
anger is a hit with the crowds. Prabhas is so good in this
film that you can watch Raghavendra only for Prabhas!! He
is the superstar in making. All he needs is the right director
and right break!!
She comes in the flashback and did well with in the limitations.
Swetha Agarwal did a conservative girl character. Both these
heroines do not have much to do in this film.
Actress Prabha made a comeback with this film as a character
actress. She did well as the mother of hero. Murali Mohan
did a decent portrayal as the father of hero. Villain Anand
Raj suited the character of tonsured mafia leader with a typical
dialogue of 'I like it/I don't like it'. Brahmanandam's comedy
is good in parts.
Direction: Suresh Krishna knows the mass pulse. If given
a good script, he can show the undercurrent heroism to the
maximum extent. Likewise, he maintained the tempo till the
flashback is narrated. But he missed that mass touch in flashback
and meandered through the love episode of Anshu-Prabhas, which
slackened the pace of the film and interest among the audiences.
He got the grip again on the subject when the flashback completed.
Suresh Krishna used his strength of narrating mass story in
this film. However, he has not succeeded in conveying the
main point of the film.
The film opens by giving the brief account of what's happening
in the country. It says that it's been 56 years since we got
our independence. Rajyangam that was written by BR Ambedkar
at that time was modified several times according to the changing
times. However, the IPC (Indian Penal Code) was not changed
a bit for the past 56 years. The loopholes in IPC are protecting
this kind of beginning one expects a creative solution for
this problem. At the end of the film, it preaches that if
court and police are not doing the job rightly, anybody can
take the law and order in to his/her own hands.
Screenplay - dialogues: Posani Krishna Murali wrote some
good dialogues for this film. But as a screenplay writer,
he has not taken care of the flashback well. The carrot episode
of flashback is far too stretched. As a storywriter, he should
have attributed a inventive path to the hero in the story
than making his tread the clichéd path.
Music by Mani Sharma is OK. The picturization of the first
Nammina Naamadi) is too good. It is one of the best devotional
songs I have seen in the recent past. Picturization of '
Bootulu Tittakuraa' is also good. 'Calcutta
Pan Vesinaa' song with Simran is good. The best part of
the movie is good background music by Mani.
Kanal Kannan has done wonderful job for the fights in this
film. Special effects and camera tricks are used for composing
First half of the film is good. But the flashback part in
the second half is boring. But the director got back the grip
when flashback is completed. It's a stylish mass film that
might be appealing for the masses. The main complaint about
the film is that there is no story. 'Raghavendra' is definitely
worth a look to see Prabhas's performance!