Om Namo Venkatesaya Review

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Those highs of a devotional

Rating: 3.25/5

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Raghavendra Rao & Nagarjuna Maya

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Release Date : 02/10/2017

 

Cast: Nagarjuna, Anushka, Pragya Jaiswal, Saurab Raj Jain, Vimala Raman, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore,

Director: K Raghavendra Rao

Music: MM Keeravani

Producer: Mahesh Reddy

Story:

Rama (Nagarjuna) is determined to see god since childhood. He deep Tapasya (Self-mortification) in pursue of god. On the other hand, his parents fix Rama’s marriage with Pragya Jaiswal. Rama convinces Pragya and leaves to Tirumala. Rama is stopped from entering the temple by goons of a corrupt government general (Rao Ramesh).

He is a wicked person who does business with flowers, milk and fruits that are brought for service of Lord Venkateswara. He exploits labour and uses violent aggression against those who revolt against him. Rama stands in support of labour and fights Rao Ramesh’s policies.

King (Sampath Raj) learns about the happenings. He fires Rao Ramesh and his team. King appoints Rama to look after the pilgrimage. Krishnamma (Anushka) joins him in the divine mission. They both turn the Tirumala into abode. Rama implements good schemes like free food and shelter for devotees. But his wish to see god remains unfulfilled. One fine day, impressed with his good work, Lord Venkateswara (Saurab Raaj Jain) finally lands in Rama’s Ashram.

Rama names him as Balaji. They both become friends and play ‘Ashta Chamma’ (Dice game). Every time Rama wins, Lord gives his ornaments one after one. On the other hand, priests find Lord Venkatesawara’s idol without any ornaments. Soldiers find them in Rama’s Ashram. Rama says that Lord himself has lost those ornaments in a game. King puts Rama in prison and gives him a quirky task. He asks Rama to prove that he is a great devotee. Will Lord come to rescue Rama? If yes, how would he come? What happens next has to be watched on big screen.

Review

‘Om Namo Venkatesaya’ made it to screens amid huge expectaions coming from successful combination of Nagarjuna and K Raghavendra Rao. Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu are their previous super hit devotional films. Let us see if ‘Om Namo Venkatesaya’ live upto the expectations.

K Raghavendra Rao stamp is felt throughout the film. The veteran director makes every scene special with his gimmicks. Scenes like Rama playing dice game with Lord is well conceived. Significance of rituals and customs are well explained. First half is fast paced and engaging. Interesting interval twist makes audience rush back to their seats.

Especially songs are well made. The film has colorful and ‘fruitful’ romantic songs as well. The devotional ‘Kalyanam’ song that comes in second half is the highlight of the film. It reminds us of climax episode of Annamayya. On the flipside, too many songs also create hindrance to the narration. The film appears dragged towards the end. Some unwanted scenes could have been easily chopped to keep the film crisp and more interesting. Some songs in second half are disturbing.

Pragya Jaiswal has got a blink and miss role. However, she spilled glamour in Raghavendra Rao style love song. Anushka arrests with gorgeous looks and screen presence. Her onscreen chemistry with Nagarjuna is appealing albeit being plutonic relationship. However, she extra weight is visible and she is unable to dance because of it.

It is cakewalk for Nagarjuna to performa as a devotee having done time and again. His maturity adds to the role in bringing Hathiram Bavaji to life.

Saurabh Raaj Jain is perfect as Lord Venkateswara. His appearance gives enigmatic essence to the character.

Comedians Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Raghubabu and others fail to tickle. Rao Ramesh is okay as villain.  MM Keeravani’s melodious music is asset to the film. Couple of songs will be added to the collection of devotional songs and remain for long, but not all like Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu. Gopal Reddy aesthetically captivates the greenery of Tirumala hills.

Pros

Nagarjuna performance

Anushka

Songs

Cons

Lengthy second half

Too many songs

Comedy

Bottom-line: Devotional experience