Prati Roju Pandage Review & Rating
Prathi Roju Pandage Review: Soft reboot of Shathamanam Bhavathi
It seems this is the season of the known in Indian Cinema. Every film industry is religiously delivering films which we have watched a million times before. Routine. Regular. We have seen this before. These are the buzz words for the reviewers, unfortunately. Sai Dharam Tej who has found some footing after a string of flops with Chitralahari has pinned his hopes on this Maruti directorial for an image makeover and continuing the newfound success mantra.
The film has a colorful cast. Easy on the mind storyline. But what makes fans worry is the storyline which is as old as the heydays of Sobhan Babu. Of course, we have seen a rehash of the formula in the unexpected blockbuster Shathamanam Bhavati. So, it all depends on how the subject is treated and let's see if this too sweet formula works one more time or not with Prathi Roju Pandage review.
Raghuramayya (very creatively named) is a 75-year-old person who discovered his days are numbered as he has lung cancer. He wishes to have his children around him so that he can die peacefully with those he loves. He contacts his sons (three in all) and obviously they have no time (a genre cliche).
But the son of the eldest son immediately flies down from the US (because he is the hero) much to the chagrin of Angel Aarna. She thinks our hero, Sai, is a fan of hers and has flown down to Rajahmundry to meet her. But he's there to assure his grandfather that he would help bring his children to spend time with him during his final days. He plans things such that the grandfather celebrates his final few days and die peacefully. And we know what happens next. (Clue: the eldest son is Rao Ramesh).
The story of the film is Sathyaraj's through and through. He is the actual hero of this film and Sai (Dharam) Tej is just a character in this film. While Sathyaraj is in top form as the old man who is dying to see his children (pun intended), Sai Tej as a responsible youngster is hip. He's stylish and has a great screen presence. Though overshadowed by stalwarts like Sathyaraj and Rao Ramesh both in emotional and comedy scenes, he stood the ground well in the action and romantic scenes.
Raashi Khanna has a hilarious characterization and she did well. She looked beautiful as her character demands too. Rao Ramesh is Rao Ramesh one more time. We know how his character turns out and how he enacts it. Murali Sharma is good in one more Murali Sharma character. Other actors did well in their roles.
Writing and direction
Despite the poignancy in the subject, the director comes up with an entertaining narration bordering on black humor. Certain scenes where Rao Ramesh asks his father if he has other plans than dying as time passes. This may elicit humor with some poker-faced characters but leaves a sour taste in the mouths of sensible audience. The children's characters are also badly written.
But narration wise there are not many dull moments in the first half but the second half gets bogged down. The director cleverly inserted a couple of action scenes with Sync Brothers played by Ajay and Sathyam Rajesh. They are exhilarating. Sai Tej did well and gives fitness goals to youngsters.
The music is pleasant. The background score is soothing but the sounds used for comedic effects are Veera routine. The cinematography is classy. The visuals are colorful unlike the palish whiteness of Mahanubhavudu and the retro look of Shailaja Reddy Alludu. The editing is neat considering the subject matter. The production values are good.
Prathi Roju Pandage is, as the title suggests, a family entertainer with a couple of earnest speeches about the importance of spending quality time with parents. But the routine narration is made bearable by good acting and nice humor. Sathyaraj literally carried the entire load of the film on his shoulders and he is ably supported by Sai (Dharam) Tej. You may watch it once if the other releases are not your cup of tea.
- Routine yet relatable story
- Ample humor
- Sai Tej in action sequences
- Sathyaraj and Rao Ramesh
- Raashi Khanna at her bubbly best
- A soft-remake of Shathamanam Bhavathi
- Certain dialogues leave a sour taste in the mouth
Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa