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Raju Bhai

Raju Bhai
Surya Kiron
Manoj, Sheela, Dhandapani, Tannikella Bharani, Giri Babu, Sunil, Raghu Babu, Mallikarjuna Rao, Rajiv
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures
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There are no villains in this movie, but lots of efforts are made to build up heroism. This Tamil remake in Telugu has succeeded in bringing the nativity factor, but at the same time presentation of emotions is utterly disappointing. In short, you have a raw deal. Though music is excellent in parts, it has more of a Tamil feel.

Raju aka Raju Bhai (Manoj) is a gold medalist and this talented Vizagite takes to wild life boozing and moving with his friends, but never goes after women. A temple is his abode, after he gets shunted from home. He gets closer to a local thug Babaji (Dhandayudhapani), after saving his son in a rival attack. In short Raju becomes Raju Bhai, a confident of Babaji. This young guy falls in love with a lively girl Anjali (Sheela), who is all mercy for street kids. She takes active part in helping the school kids cross the roads. They fall in love. Their engagement is done. But, Anjali sees Raju getting beaten by the police in a red light area. Their betrothal is broken and Anjali's dad hangs himself to death. Raju once again joins the gang of Babaji. True to the Telugu flavor, the heroine realizes that Raju is not only Mr. Clean, but also loves her more than his life. They unite. How?

Hero Manoj looks energetic and bubbling with action from start to finish. He has improved a lot in all the departments when compared to his previous flicks. Heroine Sheela is beautiful and has performed with ease. However, you can see "too much make-up "on her.

Dhandayudhapani played the role of a rowdy (but not villain). Tannikella Bharani played dad to heroine. Giribabu appears as their well wisher and friend to Tannikella Bharani. Sunil appears as a commentator without having any direct link to the story. Ali, Brahmanandam and MS Narayana appear in a separate comedy track. The lady who played mother to the hero is impressive. All other characters performed well in their limits.

The film is a remake of Tamil hit movie "Chittirem Pesuthadi". While in Tamil, it is treated as a script-based movie, here in Telugu, it is given a mass touch with elements of heroism and love dominating all through. The first half goes without any happening just a pale drama with weak comedy. Giving a big twist as interval bang, the second half is given a fast and climax is reserved for diffusing the curiosity.

Direction by Surya Kiron lacks seriousness. This is glaring when the discharge of emotions give a feel of serial-like touch. The exposition of love between the hero and heroine is so fast and looks just dramatic.Dialogues of Ratnam are good. Though the movie is set in the backdrop of Vizag, you don't find the local flavour.

Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is superb. But Tamil flavor dominates this Telugu remake. The songs are a major strength to the movie. "Chalta Chalta" & "Evvaru Neevu" songs are nice to watch. Sunil's slow motion dance for the song "Kora Meenu Sora Chapa" with fast steps by an item girl can work as a crowd puller.

Verdict: Average


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