Title: Raja Raja Chora
CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 29 Min
Release Date: 19-08-2021
Banner: People Media Factory & Abhishek Agarwal Arts
Cast:Sree Vishnu, Megha Akash, Sunainaa, Ravi Babu, Tanikella Bharani, and others
Music: Vivek Sagar
Editing: Viplav Nyshadam
Cinematography: Veda Raman Shankaran
Producers: TG Vishwa Prasad, Abhishek Agarwal
Written and Directed by Hasith Goli
Bhaskar (Sree Vishnu) is a thief at night who works at a Xerox shop during the day. He loves Sanjana (Megha Akash) posing as a Software Engineer. They are in a deep relationship planning to build a house and move on to Bangalore.
Meanwhile, Bhaskar’s thefts are finally caught by evil-minded Police Officer William Reddy (Ravi Babu). Bhaskar gets caught in his web of lies and how did he get out of them? What happens to his personal life? It forms the rest of the story.
Sree Vishnu is becoming a brand for unique, quirky comic tales with a pinch of crime in them. His casual innocent looks and subtle acting makes Sree Vishnu a perfect fit for the role. He is quite impressive with his comedy timing, which is at his best in Raja Raja Chora. Sree Vishnu does perfect justice to various shades of his character.
Megha Akash looks beautiful and did a commendable job. Sunaina playing the wife in a serious role is highly impressive. Her scenes with Vishnu adds a lot of emotional weight. Ravi Babu did a lengthy role after a gap. He is a welcome presence and does his part very well. Kadambari Kiran, Gangavva, Ajay Ghosh and Thanikella Bharani are apt in their roles.
Bit Slow in Proceedings in Second Half
Debutant Director Hasith Goli has chosen a light-hearted tale of redemption with Raja Raja Chora. It blends the comedy and emotions in the right amounts.
Hasith peppered the first half with lots of comedy. It is not loud but done subtly with small twists and turns along the way. The whole thing works quite well with an impressive screenplay. The pre-interval sequence, in particular, is brilliantly executed.
The second half takes an emotional turn and this is where things get slow. At times it seems there is a lot of melodrama is going on but, it never feels too melodramatic. They are executed with restraint and intensity.
The narrative is never lost due to expert handling and a smooth flow of emotion interspersed with suspense. The climax is well handled, though it feels a bit abrupt. The director already gave the conclusion with some hints. Watch it closely during the climax.
Music and Background Score by Vivek Sagar is impressive. It elevates the proceedings to the next level. The cinematography by Vedaraman Shankaran is good and the lighting patterns are in sync with the scenes. Editing is very tricky for a narrative like Raja Raja Chora. It is nearly done and the end result is a seamless flow of comedy and drama.
Production values by Producers TG Vishwanath and Abhishek Agarwal are very good and gave a quality film.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Bottom-line: A Perfect Blend of Comedy and Emotions