Film: Nenu Raju Nene Mantri
Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kajal, Catherine, Navdeep, Shivaji, Ashutosh Rana
Producer: D Suresh Babu
“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way,” said Franklin D Roosevelt. Teja’s movie comeback movie, Nenu Raju Nene Mantri, reflects exactly that.
Looks like director Teja has researched on politics, political mindset, hunger for power and money so well that even a politically-ignorant person would be enlightened about the subject.
Looks like Tollywood has finally realised that people have become smart and are looking for intelligent content. They no longer look for a run-on-the-mill love story. Teja is one of those directors, who has managed to give new and fresh content with every film has now taken his standards a notch higher.
We saw Rana as Bhallaladeva, a power hungry man. In this, we again see him as a power monger, but for a different reason. Seems like he is cut out for carrying powerful roles on his shoulders.
The movie begins with (Jogendra) Rana in the jail at the gallows, set to be hanged. His last wish is to tell his biography, which should be telecast live to the public. The movie rewinds to the days when Jogendra is a money lender for interest is leading a happy marital life with Radha (Kajal). While Jogendra is savvy with money, Radha is generous and spends her time and money on charity.
After three years of wedding, she gets pregnant. She goes to a temple to light lamps oblivious to the fact that sarpanch’s wife is supposed the light the lamp first. Sarpanch’s wife, an arrogant lady pushes Radha and beats her up. That changes the entire movie. Radha gets admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. Jogender is left with two options- save his wife or child. He saves his wife. He goes to sarpanch’s house with vengeance. His next movie is to become the sarpanch and climb up the political ladder to become the Chief Minister of the state. How he gets to that seat makes the narrative of the film.
The movie shows the nuances of politics and the dirt floating on it. He profoundly showed how money, grudge, power, fame will overpower all human emotions. The best and most intense scene is where Jogendra jumps into politics and power for her does not mind cheating on her, all for the post.
It is heartening to see how Jogendra puts his wife’s name to his name and proudly calls himself Radha Jogendra. A confession scene between the couple is captured beautifully and realistically.
Rana has proved his mettle again. His every action, emotion, swag and dialogue delivery reminds us that he is inherently talented. Kajal looks her best as a woman with kind heart. Her work proves why has consistently been counted among the top stars of the industry. Navdeep as Jogendra’s key man and Catherine as a media house heir did justice to their roles.
The narration is gripping and enthralling. Venkat’s cinematography captures the power moments well. The dialogues of the movie, however, stand as the highlight of the movie. As hard-hitting as it could get, Teja provoked us to think and like how. Anoop Rubens music is soothing in numbers like Sukhibhava and Jogendra.
Verdict: A riveting political film that will make us understand the intricacies the games of politics and how voters too have a role to play in bad governance. Have an enlightening weekend!