Nene Raju Nene Mantri Review – Rana and Teja take a dig on Contemporary politics

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Nene Raju Nene Mantri Review

Telugu360 Rating : 2.75/5

Story:

Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) is a money lender from Uravakonda in Anantapur district. He loves his wife Radha (Kajal) more than anything else in this world. As a mark of respect for his love, he’s called as ‘ Radha Jogendra’. One day Radha is insulted by the Sarpanch’s wife and meets with a personal tragedy. To teach a lesson to the headstrong village head, Jogendra resolves to become Sarpanch. Within no time, he not only becomes Sarapanch but also MLA. With his brilliance at executing stunning plans that upset the opponents at drop of the hat, Jogendra aspires to reach greater heights, with an ultimate aim to become Chief minister. In his journey to adorn the CM position, his life goes through turmoil. Will he achieve the CM post? How he overcomes the obstacles in his path…Has to be witnessed on the screen

Analysis:

Nene Raju Nene Mantri first half in itself is a shocker. Director Teja surprises us with his gripping narration and differently envisioned scenes. Teja seems to have reinvented himself. Adding fuel to the fire Rana delivered his career’s best role. Jogendra’s multi-faceted characterization with love, street smartness, cruelty and political cunningness have been portrayed well.

After delivering a great first half, Teja’s script fizzles in the second half with most of the scenes being over the top. Kajal’s death episode is lengthy and tests viewer’s patience. Around 20minutes of the film could be trimmed easily. The climax is superficial. However, there are ample comedy dialogues by Posani and Prabhas Sreenu even in second half.

Dialogues are witty and at times thought provoking. ‘Yendukante Atani pere Jogendra’; dialogue will become popular. Jogendra’s dialogues throughout are excellent and Rana’s diction enhanced them.

In the climax, satires on politicians switching parties are good. Also, there are hard hitting dialogues on Andhra Pradesh YuvaNeta who does sympathy politics.

Performances:

Rana as Jogendra is flawless. He emoted very well. Kajal is perfect as Radha. Catherine Tresa as TV reporter added glamour quotient and is super-hot. She played good length role. The casting was just perfect with Navadeep, Posani, Asutosh Rana performing well.

Positives:

  • Rana’s outstanding performance! By far this is best by any hero in the recent years. His attitude, impeccable performance in emotional scenes are astonishingly great
  • Racy First half and Jogendra’s smart tactics
  • Navadeep and Rana thread
  • Excellent background score and cinematography
  • Adequate comedy wherever required
  • Production values are very good

Negatives:

  • Radha – Jogendra thread is over done in the second half and is extremely annoying Poor climax
  • Substance less and over the top second-half
  • Poor Climax

Verdict :

Nene Raju Nene Mantri is watchable for its good first half and bold political tone. This film elevates Rana as a great performer. Director Teja with his overdose of sentiment in second half, spoiled a potential blockbuster script. Openings are good in USA and India due to the post Baahubali Rana craze. However, the movies sustenance in long run depends on female audience.⁠⁠⁠⁠

Telugu360 Rating : 2.75/5

Release Date :11th Aug, 2017
Director : Teja
Music Director : Anoop Rubens
Produced by : Suresh Productions
Cinematography : Venkat C. Dileep
Starring : Rana Daggubati, Kajal Aggarwal, Catherine Tresa