Poor man's Genelia meets poor man's Pawan Kalyan in poor man's Stockhom Syndrome
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There have been many movies where the kidnapped person falls in love with the kidnapper. But, this one doesn't take that theme too seriously. In fact, it is just a pretext to take audiences on a clueless ride where weird, unrealistic things keep happening without head or tail. The much hyped Ra Ra Krishnayya is Stockholm Syndrome gone horribly wrong. For the audiences.
Plot: Krishna (Sundeep) works at a garage and saves money with his boss (Tanikella Bharani), an astute Tamilian, who isn't willing to let Krishna have his 6 lakhs back. Depressed and drunk, Krishna gate-crashes the daughter's wedding. Nandeeswari(Regina), who was being forcibly married away, is happy about being kidnapped and in fact, assists him.
Strange plot twists start to happen from there on. First, they crash in the middle of nowhere but find a lorry ride. Where there is a lorry, there is a song. Later they stop at a dhaba for dinner. Chased by the bride-groom's men, they decide to go one step ahead this time and escape in the lorry themselves. If that didn't make sense, a few minutes later, Krishna hands her the wheel and dozes off and she decides to take the lorry into Kerala. Mere mortals would go through at least a dozen toll booths and document checks. Pushing illogicality further, Krishna accidentally vandalizes a local goddess. They end up in an elder man's house on Onam. While most mortals find it hard to even find a lodge during that time of the year, they are treated wonderfully as punishment for his act, in a classy bungalow, celebrating the colourful festival. Meanwhile, Krishna decides he had enough of the chatterbox and decides to hand her over to her dad in exchange for the ransom money. While Nandeeshwari is already in love with him, for reasons best known to her, Krishna is reticent about his feelings. But, exactly then, she is kidnapped again, luring Krishna all the way back to his own village. Who was the kidnapper and why he wants Krishna to come back to his village makes for the rest of the movie. (Actually, nothing much happens - more cold-blooded murder of logic is all that happens)
Cast & crew: Ra Ra Krishnayya is a romantic comedy with tons of over-acting. Just when you think the movie is a serious one, something comical happens and just when you adapt to the movie being an illogical comedy, the director tries to bring in a serious element. Of course, he fails. The non-existent script and the soulless characters play along in a meaningless merry-go-round. Sundeep Kishen tries too hard to act like Pawan Kalyan but ends up as a fake imitation. He was better off being his own self. Regina is a decent actor, who was probably made to believe this was a bubbly and chirpy character that audiences love to watch. Instead, her role is just of a clueless young girl who hates her dad and wants to escape from home and the marriage, almost waiting to fall in love with the first guy she meets outside her world; for there is no plausible reason why any girl would fall in love with Krishna. It's almost as if the director decides to bring in a guy and make the pretty girl fall for him and make him kiss her.
Strange things happen in Tollywood all the time and good actors like Tanikella Bharani and Jagapati Babu end up getting shallow roles that hardly do any justice to their capabilities. Bharani talks like he is confused himself about whether he has a Tamil tongue or a Telugu one. Why his daughter speaks impeccable Telugu is a question, not even worth ruminating about. Director Mahesh, who apparently hasn't learnt much from Krishna Vamsi, decides to make anyone who isn't the hero, a comedian.
From the guy feared for his kidnapping and settlement business (Jagapathi Babu) to the bridegroom who was rich enough to have his marriage covered on TV, everyone is a comedian. No wonder, then, that in such a comical world, the heroine doesn't have a choice but to kiss the one guy who is serious. Heaven knows, you would empathise with the poor choices available to her. The cameos by other actors like Tagubothu Ramesh are just as needless and meaningless as the rest of the movie. Music by Rajamani is decent and cinematography by Sriram offers a good quality to the visuals. You might be forgiven for wishing there were more dubbing artists in Tollywood, for almost all heroines have now started to sound the same. From expressing emotions to playful flirtations, their voice modulations sound at best, mechanical. Ra Ra Krishnayya is like the rich kid who has a tutor for each subject but still fails in the exam. The director had all the resources, but fails in finding a decent script, leave alone making a believable movie.