By: By Telugucinema.com
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 24 December 2010
Nagarjuna, Anushka, Priyamani, Brahmanandam, Pradeep Rawat, Kota Srinivas Rao
Satya (Nagarjuna) comes to Hyderabad from Cuddapah, and joins a gang. There he meets Anushka. Few months later, Astalakshmi (Priyamani) comes into his life.
He provides shelter and protection to Astalakshmi and her family and romances with the two beauties. Then he declares a war on the city`s don Peddanna.
A doctor (Venniradai Nirmala) runs a hospital in Cuddapah and wins the hearts of local people there. She also adopts an orphan(Satya). One day, she is killed. So, Satya comes to Hyderabad for revenge.
Of late, Nagarjuna has been more interested in signing `mass` entertainers. Ever since, his Mass became a huge grocer, he has been moving into that genre frequently. After the disastrous result of Kedi, he attempts this genre again with Ragada.
Writer turned director Veeru Potla who debuted with Bindaas as a director has also tried to rehash the old mass action entertainers. But he has inserted several twists in the screenplay at regular intervals to keep the audience glued to this movie that has no proper script. The director has succeeded only in creating twists but the rest of the movie is predictable.
Plenty of action scenes are also thrown in, some of the fights defy logic.
Nagarjuna`s looks, the production values and glamour makes it an interesting fare.
Nagarjuna looks dashing in the movie. As a rowdy, he cakewalks through the character. He uses the Rayalaseema diction in the movie. Anushka is gorgeous and her chemistry with Nagarjuna is hot. Priyamani is okay. Charmee also provides glamour quotient in a song.
Brahmanandam provides some laughs in the beginning of the movie but the movie lacks comedy on the whole. Pradeep Rawat does justice to his role. Venniradai Nirmala, Kota, Supreet, Tanikella, and master Bharat have nothing much to do.
Sets are fantastic in the songs. Cinematography by Sarvesh Murari is great.
Director Veeru Potla takes credit to story, screenplay and direction but he has not shown sparkle in any of his departments. His dialogues are pretty ordinary. There is hardly any story as it is an amalgam of several masala movies. As a director too he doesn`t succeed much as the narration lacks consistency. Producer D Shiva Prasad Reddy has put in lot of money to give the movie a rich look.
On the whole, Ragada is a predictable entertainer that follows the age old formula, which might appeal to viewers who finds comfort in mass masala movies that hinge completely on star power and glamour than the content. Watch it only for some action episodes, Nagarjuna and Anushka.
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