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Rudramadevi

Rudramadevi

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By: Telugucinema.com

Friday 9 October 2015

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Rudramadevi tells the story and life of Rani Rudrama Devi (1261–1289) of Kakatiya dynasty. With enemies trying to invade the kingdom, the king of Kakatiya Ganapati Devudu (Krishnam Raju) yearns for a son to succeed him but his wife gives birth to a baby girl. Upon the advice of his minister Siva Devaiah (Prakash Raj), the king raises his daughter as a boy Rudradeva.

At first Rudrama is confused whether she is a girl or boy, later she comes to know the reason why she is being raised as boy. When she grows up, she rules as co-regent to her father.

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She falls in love with her childhood friend and Nidadavolu prince (Rana) but she cannot express her love. On the other hand, a Robin Hoodish Gona Ganna Reddy (Allu Arjun) is challenges her. When some people in her court suspect about her male identity, she gets married to her relative (Nithya Menen).

Few days later, everyone comes to know the real identity of Rudra Deva. How she wins the challenge now and rules her province and what role does Gona Ganna Reddy play in her life forms the rest of the movie.

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The story and life of Rudramadevi, the great ruler of Kakatiya dynasty, is highly inspiring as she ruled the vast province tiding against the male-chauvinistic kings who opposed a queen’s governance. Rudramadevi went on to introduce new reforms in governance, built the great formidable fort at Orugollu (now known as Warangal). Truly her life has enough material to make a great story on screen.

To entertain the audiences of today’s generation and for the dramatic effect, director Gunasekhar has changed the story a wee bit and infused some fictional elements and he has mentioned this at very beginning of the movie.

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Now comes the question… Is he successful in telling the story effectively? Well, it is a mixed bag. The drama unfolds in an engrossing manner, moves forward on a right note with the explanation of why Rudrama Devi grew up as male Rudra Deva Maharaja, progresses smoothly with the introduction of Gona Ganna Reddy and ends with an interesting hook at the end of first half. After setting up such decent start, the director completely fails to carry on the tempo till the end. Right from the beginning of the second half, it drifts away from his hands.

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Not just the narration, even the graphics in the second half doesn’t live up to the promise he showed in the beginning. Other than the last 15 minutes/climax, the entire second half of the movie is a total letdown.

The other disappointment is we hardly see the greatness and adventurous side of Rudramadevi as the director has put more focus on the Gona Ganna Reddy’s daringness, a character that is mentioned in footnotes of the history books. Even the great administration reforms she introduced are told verbally in the movie and are not shown in visual sequences. None of the scenes arouse an emotional pitch or goosebumps.

The characters of Suman, Aditya Menon and Jayaprakash Reddy are very caricaturist, they scheme evil things always sitting on the balcony like in the old TV serials.

On the positives of the movie, the one thing that needs a mention is the rich scale of the film – it is clearly visible the labor that Gunasehkar has put in and the budget that he has thrown in to make a visually rich movie. Despite some weak VFX works, the graphics depicting the eagle and snake fight of soldiers are noteworthy. And of course, there is some equally rich beautiful art work by Padma Shri Tota Tharani.

The scale and rich historical importance is major plus point of director Gunasekhar’s laborious movie but the narration is quite ineffective. Despite Allu Arjun’s stellar show and Anushka’s hard work, Rudramadevi makes the movie a tedious watch post interval. But we should appreciate Gunasekhar for taking such effort to present us our rich Telugu history on to the screen.

Rudramadevi Review Verdict: 2.75/5