Tenali Ramakrishna B.A.B.L Review & Rating
Tenali Ramakrishna BA, BL Review: Predictably Decent Comedy
Tenali Ramakrishna is a cult figure in Teluguland. He’s a part of the vernacular for a long time, even since his own times, historical records notwithstanding. And his name gives us a picture of what we are going to get when he’s in a story. So, with that introduction, you get the idea of Sundeep Kishan’s Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL.
After scoring a much-needed hit with the thrillingly good Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene, Sundeep Kishan wanted a change in genre and duly gets it from G. Nageswara Reddy. Nageswara Reddy is a sort of director who anonymously works out his films without standing out for spectacles nor does he deliver outright mediocre films. They have loads of set-piece comedy and a few logicless drama scenes. Okay! Get ready for Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL review.
The story we all know with one twist (no spoilers)
Our hero is like Tenali Ramakrishna. He’s a lawyer. Instead of taking up serious court cases, he settles the petty matters out of the courts and makes money. But, of course, not much. He’s from middle-class family after all. And has no ambition. As usual for the films of this genre, we get introduced to day to day activities of our protagonist’s life. Like every self-respecting Telugu hero, he loves a girl who happens to be the heroine of this film. Here in this case, it’s Hansika. So, that’s settled for now.
But the problem is with his father. Like any genuinely good father, not the you’re-the-Best-father-in-the-world kind, he wants his son to grow beyond these mundane cases. He should have been happy for his son to be frank. He’s doing a job or earns a little. Not idling around like an awara like a typical Telugu film hero. These Telugu Cinema fathers are getting ambitious these days. Poking fun aside, he is right. And has a genuine concern for the well being of his son.
The man himself was a broker. And knows how brokers are treated. So, he wants his energetic and generally intelligent son to lead a respectable life. Nothing wrong. Unless you’re a progressive youngster. So, he wants Tenali RK to take up a big case, preferably a criminal case, and win it. On the other hand, the heroine’s father is a well known criminal lawyer and he happens to be Murli Sharma. We already know who Murli Sharma is when he’s the father of the film’s heroine.
He’s ambitious and doesn’t give a heck about incompetent and insignificant fellows. You already know the relationship dynamic between Sundeep Kishan and Murli Sharma. Our hero, Tenali RK, is finally convinced of his father’s words and sets his eyes on a big case. But before he has to search too much, to give our hero a chance to grab, Murli Sharma is arguing on the side of a billionaire.
A lady. And played by Varalakshmi Sarathkumar. You get the idea when Varalakshmi Sarathkumar is in a film. How her character turns out. Just like Prakash Raj is the father of the heroine. So, the fate orchestrates situations in such a way that Tenali RK has to take the case up and solve two issues. To bring Varalakshmi Sarathkumar out of the false murder charge. And gain prestige. Automatically Hansika becomes his, is anyone’s guess.
Writing and direction
The story of the film is predictably routine. To make matters easier for the audience, the director used a cast who are already typecast for particular roles. The only newness he brings is: the hero is not an awara and he makes money instead of lazing around. So, obviously the responsibility of making the film falls completely on the screenplay and comedy set-pieces.
Few comedy episodes are genuinely rib-tickling. Like Sathya Krishna’s speaking like a rap song. And a few other dialogue comedy scenes work out well on the screen without being memorable. The narration followed all the predictable beats. And the story starts only at the fag end of the first half. The twists are easily guessable like how home-bound employees feel restless a half an hour before leaving their desks. G. Nageswara Reedy did an extremely wonderful job of doing what regularly does. Is it enough? No. Not in any way.
Sundeep Kishan tried to be funny. But he’s good when he’s serious. He is given a few mass elevations and the stunts are well pucturised. As a change of genre, this film worked for him. But it’s a subject Allari Naresh milked to no extent. Hansika is there. And she’s the hero’s lover. She looked too tired and is not even glamorous. We have no hopes on the acting side anyway. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar wore sarees. So, we know how the character appears on the screen. Actors like Raghu Babu, Satya Krishna did well. Rest of the others are okayish.
The music of the film is neat. The background score is funny. The cinematography is not spectacular. But decent for this genre. The editing is neat. The production design is good. The production values are competitive too. A well-made film. There’s no doubt.
If you badly want to watch a film this weekend and need to entertain yourself, give this film a try. Not a bad movie. Else, turn on your smartphone and tap YouTube and search for Jabardast. Enough said. A good time pass watch Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL is.
- A few well-executed comedy scenes
- Though the story is routine, the film is not exactly boring
- Routine story and typecast actors in stereotype characters
Pycker Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa