|NTR, Samantha, Shruti Haasan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Mukesh Rishi, Pragati, Tanikella Bharani|
|S S Thaman|
Nandu aka Ramu (NTR), a college student in Hyderabad, falls for the beauty Akarsha (Samantha). Her father is a big businessman and a minister (Mukeshi Rishi) in the State Government.
In the beginning Akshara refuses his love but relents after seeing what he did for her grandmother. But it is later revealed that all this was planned so that he can enter Samantha`s house on the occasion of her sister`s wedding.
Post interval the movie swifts to a flashback in which we are told of his association with Ammulu (Shruti Haasan) and the real motive behind him coming to Samantha`s house.
After the stupendous success of Gabbar Singh, director Harish Shankar has joined the hands with Young Tiger NTR for Ramayya Vastavayya. Harish Shankar who is known for presenting movies in lighter vein starts off Ramayya Vasthavayya in a breezy manner, promising some good entertainment but he ends up offering us another cliched drama. Never in the movie does the writer and director make a strong impact as the reason for revenge is utterly predictable.
The first half completely focuses on the love track between NTR and Samantha in a simple and comic way. Thanks to NTR’s efforts and his antics, the movie entertains in the first half. The interval ends with a promise of a real story unfolding. But what we get to see in the second half is much-abused hackneyed revenge drama. The flashback episode is utterly banal. I have lost counting the number of movies that were made on this angle.
The film lacks emotional punch required for a revenge drama. That is why, when the protagonist in the climax lifts up plough (yes, plough) to take vengeance, we would hardly move. Such trite sequences are aplenty. Climax is a total letdown.
The only saving grace of the movie is NTR. There are certain moments in the first half between Samantha, her grandmother Rohini Hattangidi and NTR which are hilarious.
NTR has excelled in the comedy. NTR changing his modulation and body language for comic effect is funny and good. He also delivers the famous `Emantivi Emantivi` dialogue of Late NTR that is sure to make his fans go wild. NTR is a highly energetic dancer. He has done some stylish steps but there is a mismatch between the slow tempo of Thaman`s tunes and NTR`s high speed energy in some songs.
Samantha does as usual; she has not much to do in the film. Shruti Haasan is okay as Ammulu. Ravi Shankar has gone overboard. Mukesh Rishi, Kota and Ajay are okay.
Cinematography by Chota K Naidu is neat. Music by S S Thaman is not that effective on screen except the two songs - `Jabilli Nuvvaina` and `Neneppudaina Kalgannana`. There is not much to talk about other technicians. Fight sequences are silly to say the least. As a dialogue writer, Harish Shankar has proved his mettle. As a screenplay writer and director, he lets the audience down with a weak narration post interval.
Can watch it for its first half and for NTR. Other than that, the movie is just another routine revenge drama that fails to impress.