Theme: Baap Kaa Lakshya Aur
(Baap Kaa) Badla (Revenge Drama)
Cast: Ram Charan Teja, Tamanna, Ajmal, Kota Srinivas Rao, Paruchuri Venkateshwar Rao, Nazzar, Mukesh Rushi, Ravi Babu, Brahmanandam, M.S. Narayana, Ali,
Dev Gill, Jhansi, Pragathi, Sudha
Music: Mani Sharma
Editing: Goutham Raju
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
Producers: Paras Jain
Theater Watched: Serra Theater, Milpitas, California,
Betting Raju (Ram Charan)
is separated from his family and childhood buddy Ammu,
in his childhood. He becomes an orphan and he is taken care of by another
couple M.S.Narayana and Sudha.
He gets into bettings, faces tough challenges, wins
(always) and earns money. He defeats James(Ajmal) in a car racing bet and wins 1 lakh.
M.S.Narayana, who is a drunkard, falls severely ill
and 20lakhs are required for his liver transplantation. Betting Raju is approached by James, who wants to avenge his defeat
and asks him to face a bet.
According to the deal, Raju
has to make Chaitra (Thamanna),
daughter of a notorious mining tycoon Bellary (Mukesh Rushi), to fall in love
with him. He has to do this job in just 30 days. If he succeeds, then he would
get 20 Lakhs from James, which are
required for M.S. Narayana's operation. Raju accepts the deal and jumps into action. He tries
to impress Tamanna as
a co-student. as a dance master and a few series of
Is Betting Raju able to
impress Chaitra? Who is Chaitra
exactly? What is the relation between Ammu and Chaitra? Why James has to offer a huge amount of 20 Lakhs to Raju? What is the main
reason of Raju to become an orphan? What is the way
he adopts to avenge his past? forms the rest of the
Ram Charan Teja: He
is very energetic as the main lead. He played an out and out mass character and
his body language, dialogues in a few scenes resembled that of Chiranjeevi. As usual his dances were good and fights were
convincing. He is very handsome in this movie and this is his best look till
date. He carried the whole film on his shoulders.
Tamanna: She is extremely glamorous in this movie. She
looked well next to Ram Charan. Tamanna
sizzled in songs and danced with ease. She increased her glamor
quotient post Badrinath movie and we can see in this
film too. She was confident on screen and got good scope for acting. In a couple
of songs Thamanna received good response from the
audience for her dance moves and glamour.
Mukesh Rushi is the main villain. Kota, Dev Gill played the other
baddies. Srinivas Reddy, Tagubothu
Ramesh, Venu Madhav acted as the heroes
friends. Their comedy along with Brahmanandam,
Krishna Bhagawan, Ali, Ravi Babu
and Jaya Prakash Reddy generated good humour in the first half. This comedy is the saving grace
of the first half.
Paruchuri Venkateshwar Rao was very good in
the supporting role. Sudha, Pragathi,
Nassar were apt. The guy who acted as Ram Charan's father(probably a Tamil
actor) was not the right choice. Any other character artist, who is familiar to
the Telugu audience, could have been better.
One wonders what Vennela
Kishore is doing in this movie. He goes completely
unnoticed. The sad thing is that decent character artists like Jhansi and Sathya Krishnan were shown in a kind of vulgar scenes. Most
of the dialogues of Jhansi had censor cuts. Actresses of such stature should
not have acted so. Probably, the director (?) and the producers(?)
must be blamed for such things.
The Production values were grand. Cinematography is very good. Niche colours were shown in all songs and most of the film.
Dialogues by Paruchuri Brothers were impressive.
Editing could have been better. Songs composed
by Mani Sharma look well on the screen. Dillaku Dillaku is the best in terms of composition and picturisation, followed by Racha
title song. Vaana Vaana Velluvaaye is just average. The other songs like 'Singareni Vundhi..' and the one that comes in the first half were wrongly
placed and they were the speed breakers for the film's narration. BGM by Mani
Sharma is apt and it suited the mood of the film.
Fights were well composed and well executed. They
were stylish(esp., interval bang, the one in the
bamboo forests and the fight in the first half at the villain's house).
Direction by Sampath
Nandi is not up to the mark. His amateurishness was obvious in many scenes. He
could have dealt the movie well,so
as to make it a better product.
1) James: Naa Track
Record Thelusukoni Maatlaadandi
Hero's friends: Maa Vaadu Vacchindhe Records Break Cheyyataaniki (This dialogue received huge response from
2) Hero: Naa Daggara inthundhi ani thodagotte type kaadhu nenu (This one too had
thundering applause, as Mega Fans noticed whom Ram Charan
was referring too)
3) James: Vacche Dabbu tho Secunderabad
lo sagam water problem theerchocchu.
4) Hero: Nuvvu Aristhe Arupule..Nenu Aristhe Merupule.
5) Hero: Aap upar se bahuth accha, hum thereliye iddhar vacchaa, hum dono mile tho racha.
6) Hero: Raj..Betting raj..Aadhmi Kum,
7) Villain: Vaadu theesukelthondhi naa koothurini kaadhu raa ....10000 kotla aasthini.
1) Ram Charan and Thamanna
3) A few dialogues
4) Dillaku Dilla and Racha title song
5) Mass Elements
1) Routine story line
2) Not up to the mark direction
3) Average Music
4) Slow First Half
5) Some what abrupt climax
6) Improper editing
Analysis: Racha is a
formula based film. This is a regular story where a son wants to achieve
his father's goal and do good to his village and his
people, at the same time to punish the baddies. We have watched this type of
movies many times before. The director tried to narrate it in a fresh style, by
introducing the heroine thread at the beginning of the film and main story
would be in the flash back. This attempt became routine and Sampath
Nandi succeed only partly in his work. The first half is a let
down. More story or at least more entertainment in terms of songs and
comedy would have been included. The tempo only raises
in the second half, where a few twists are revealed and James narrating the
flash back. But again the occurrence of climax is abrupt and lengthy. The Lord
Hanuman locket thread was routine. Hero's introduction scene disappointed many,
as masses expect a lot of effect in it.The film runs
on a predictable note. Audience can easily guess what the next scene is.
Better direction and better editing might have
yielded good results. This movie would get revenue in B and C centers. The
success in A centers is doubtful.
Over all Racha is
targeted towards youth and masses. It is better film for Ram Charan compared to Orange and it would definitely become an
average grocer..but not more than that.
Bottom Line: It's just an average film. Can be watched once in your leisure. Go to theater only for
Ram Charan Teja, Thamanna, a few songs, some punch dialogues and fights. Don't
expect anything more.
Weekend Creations' Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Kaushik Sharma