Nene Raju Nene Mantri Review – Political thriller

nrnmMovie: Nene Raju Nene Mantri
Actors: Rana Daggubati, Kajal, Catherine, Sivaji Raja, Navadep, Ajay, Josh Ravi, Ashutosh Rana, Pradeep Rawat, Jayaprakash Reddy and others
Music: Anup Rubens
Cinematography: Venkat C Dilip
Producers: D.Suresh Babu, Kiran Reddy, Bharat Choudhary
Written by – Directed by Teja
Banner: Suresh Productions, Film Planet
TeluguSquare.com Rating: 3/5

Story

Jogendra (Rana Daggubati) lives happily with his wife Radha (Kajal Aggarwal) doing Pawn brokerage business. Jogendra’s house is full of joy when she is pregnant with three years of marriage. Radha goes to the temple to light the Deepam in Kartika Masam (month). Village Sarpanch gets anger on Radha for lighting teh Deepama first and pushes her. She gets aborted and Doctor confirms that she will not become pregnant in future. Jogendra decides to become sarpanch in the village and kills the sarpanch. He dramatically competes in elections to become sarpanch. He later kills MLA who becomes a hurdle for him and turns into an MLA. He decides to become Minister and then decides to become a Chief minister. Joginder forgets why is he doing all this? He forgets Radha’s love and gives priority to CM post. What will Radha do to Joginder who turned wild? , Will he becomes CM or becomes a good human being? , forms the plot.

Performances
Radha and Jogender are the key characters in this movie. Kajal and Rana have lived in those roles. The chemistry between them is perfect. Rana in the role of a typical Jogendra, shown two variation – As a simple money interest trader who loves his wife and as a cunning politician. Kajal impressed as heroine with her dressing in sarees and also with her performance.

Catherine as the daughter of a TV channel owner has done justice to her role as Rani. Ashutosh Rana, Pradeepravath, Posani Krishnamurthy, Sathyaprakash, Jayaprakash Reddy, Navdeep, Prabhas Sreenu and others have done very well.

Technical

Technically the film is high, Anoop Rubens Music, Venkat C Dilip Photograph and Lakshmi Bhupal’s dialogues took the story to another level. Teja showed her mark as a director. He has thrilled the viewers showing the intelligence in the characters rather than stressing on the story.

Analysis
This is the story of husband and wife with a political backdrop. Generally, a political thriller will be high on drama with full of strategies. The director must have focussed on the first half of the story, he directly took the audience into the story right from the beginning scene. The protagonist decides to become sarpanch and the way he chooses becomes the matter of interest for the audience. Most of the sequences look dramatic as an ordinary man becomes an MLA and then Minister using tactical politics.

In the second half of the story, the director has focused on family background and sentiment which looks dragging. And again during the climax, the story goes back to political mode.

Director Teja has designed the plot and the characters with intelligence, he knows the pulse of the audience and how they think and that’s the reason he designed the scenes in an unpredictable manner , giving a new thrilling experience to the audience. The climax scenes are very satirical on present politics targeting a Yuva Netha.

A politician who has eliminated more than 200 public servants, calls media to tell about his life is not digesting. What is the need for him to tell about himself to media in the police station? Court ordering re-enquiry on Rana’s death sentence before his execution also look illogical. Overall this is a different story that gives novelty experience to the Telugu audience.

Strengths
+ Story and Screenplay
+ Rana and Kajal
+ Conversations
Weaknesses
– High dose of sentiment in second half

Verdict
Intense political thriller