Censor Certificate: UA
Run-time: 2 Hrs 40 Mins
Nagarjuna Akkineni, Naga Chaitanya, Ramya Krishna, Krithi Shetty, Rao Ramesh, Faria Abdullah, and others
Director: Kalyan Krishna Kurasala
Producers: Akkineni Nagarjuna & Zee
Music Director: Anup Rubens
Cinematography: J Yuvaraj
Editor: Vijay Vardhan K
China Bangarraju (Naga Chaitanya) loses his mother during his birth and Father Ramu (Nagarjuna) moves to the USA leaving him in the care of his grandmother Sathyabhama (Ramya Krishna). Satyabhama decides to marry Chinna Bangarraju to his cousin when they are kids and then she passes away. During her afterlife, she meets her husband Bangarraju (Nagarjuna) and asks him to make the marriage of Chinna Bangarraju and Sathyabhama possible as they quarrel with each other as grew up. How did Bangarraju succeed in his mission and there is a divine angle too? What is that? Who is actually behind this follows the story.
Nagarjuna as Bangarraju once again oozes his charm in this film. He has a magnetic screen presence and once again it is evident why he is known as ‘Manmadhudu’. His scenes with Naga Chaitanya and Ramakrishna are a treat to watch. Naga Chaitanya gave his best as Chinna Bangarraju. It is not an easy task to match the swag of Nagarjuna in the role of Bangarraju. But, Naga Chaitanya did it with elan and displayed terrific energy throughout the film.
Krithi Shetty did the role of a proud and innocent girl. She did well in her role and looks lovely onscreen. Ramakrishna once again carries her role with dignity and added much weight to the story. Rao Ramesh, Praveen, Sampath in other roles are adequate and did accordingly.
A bit slow at times in the first half
Director Kalyan Krishna once again succeded in recreating the magic of his debut film ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ in ‘Bangarraju’. The story begins in an interesting manner establishing a divine angle to it. Then it progresses with entertaining scenes between Naga Chaitanya and Krithi Shetty. There is a slight lag here in the first half but it is covered with well-picturized songs. Director handled the second half very well blending the emotions and entertainment in the right proportions. A couple of twists are neatly executed which keeps the proceedings in an engaging manner. The climax has been designed very well where we got to see Father and Son duo rocking in an action episode.
The music by Anup Rubens is very good and his background score is fine. The cinematography by Yuvraj is colorful. Editing by Vijay Vardhan is sharp. Producers Nagarjuna and Zee Studios deserve special appreciation for rich production values. The entire film looks colorful and lavish with superb VFX work.
Bottom-line: Perfect Sankranthi Wholesome Entertainer