Raja Raja Chora
If you are reading this, you and me have successfully survived another week. And with the weekend here, we both deserve our share of good movies. But this weekend does give me a bit of some breathing space as there are not many new releases. In fact this is probably the most lean weekend in quite some time now. But to compensate, the next long weekend has a huge lineup with almost 10 new releases. So while we enjoy this weekend, we will be beginning the prep for next weekend pretty soon. But first lets get started with the releases of this weekend. And I have just finished watching the new Telugu Film Raja Raja Chora on Zee5 which was the first Blockbuster from Tollywood after the second wave following its theatrical release. As Raja Raja Chora makes its way into the OTT space, is the film worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Raja Raja Chora follows the story a xerox shop employee who is a small time burglar having an extra marital affair. The sequence of twisted events that follow is what forms the rest of the story. The story is a nice fun watch in the the crime comedy genre with a few life lessons that it manages to successfully throw in. The screenplay nicely blends the fun element such that the life lessons also don’t feel too preachy. The film begins with a robbery and ends up equating many ‘sins’ to robbery. I really enjoyed the philosophical route take that the film takes towards the end instead of the usual comedy of errors. The first half is filled with many scenes featuring situational comedy that will keep you invested throughout. There is never a dull moment as you sit and enjoy the confusion that is created. The second half is slightly muddled although it still holds your attention. Some of the twist and turns are illogical but thankfully true to the drama. This culminates into an end which I didn’t see it coming, it almost seemed like changing gears into something more meaningful. Overall, a well written screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are packed with one-liners. Although they are pretty well written, I couldn’t help but think that some of the quirky one-liners were lost in translation. The music is alright, nothing much to shout about. The BGM is pretty good. Director Hasith Goli does a pretty good job in picking up a fun subject and at the end of it making it something more meaningful.
The performances are pretty good here. Ravi Babu as SI William Reddy has done a pretty good job. He is not a very likable character who manages to hit the right notes by his outstanding acting. Megha Akash as Sanjana looks very pretty and does a good job in her limited scope. I was very impressed by Sunaina who shines as Vidya. There are many shades to her character and she really does full justice to it bringing a whole lot of emotions to the table. Sree Vishnu as Bhaskar is again a very flawed character and he does a terrific job. He has a proper character arc and his transformation is seamless as well. A good job done!
Raja Raja Chora is a fun filled crime comic caper with a dash of philosophy that helps you acquire a few life lessons too. Available on Zee5.