Selfie Raja review: A bore

Selfie Raja review: A bore

Source: General


Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 16 July 2016

Movie Title

Selfie Raja review: A bore


G Eshwar Reddy

Star Cast

Allari Naresh, Sakshi Chowdhary, Kamna Singh Ranawath, Prudhvi, Shakalaka Shankar, Saptagiri, Krishna Baghavan, Nagineedu

We don't know what Raja (Allari Naresh) does for a living but we are told that he leads a fairly luxurious life and takes selfies with anyone or anything. The daughter of a Police Commissioner, Rani, falls for a random guy who helps her at movie ticket counter. That guy is Raja. Selfie Raja.

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Her father sees 'honesty' in Raja though he does all the silly things. Raja and Rani get married. On the first night, she comes to know that he has an affair with Geeta. Because she sees a letter. And lo, she sends him away. On the other hand, Raja tries to kill himself. The story goes on like this until the interval. Then comes a guy from Mumbai who is a professional killer Bheems (Allari Naresh), who also looks like Raja, as another killer in Hyderabad (Ravi Babu) asks him to come down. Has Bheems come down to kill Raja?

With a title like Selfie Raja and Allari Naresh in the lead, one doesn't expect a logical story but looks for some good comedy or time-pass entertainment. So, whatever the wafer-thin and illogical story the writers have cooked up, we can excuse them. What we can't excuse is their outdated ideas for the comedy and farce.

With not much story, the writers and director have put a series of spoofs and comic moments side by side. The flow goes on with one funny scene after the other. Majority of the funny scenes don't work at all. Genuine spoofs that evoke good laughs are few and they don't last beyond the interval bang.

Not much happens in the first half, but there are couple of scenes that bring smiles and don't irritate us. The trouble begins with the second half. Ravi Babu with a gang of snake charmers indulge in cheap comedy. Many of the scenes are bad.

The only saving grace in the second half is the 'climax' as we can leave from the theater.

To be fair to the movie, the spoofs like 45 Degree fight of 'Nannaku Prematho', 'Hero planning to find seven generations of his family' of Brahmotsavam are really funny.

Allari Naresh in the role of Selfie Raja has done his best to provide the laughs. Both heroines have hardly anything to do and both fail in expressions. Prudhvi has once again livened up the scenes with his comedy. He has done more comedy than all of the actors put together. Shakalaka Shankar's comedy track is cheap. Ravi Babu has repeated what he has done in umpteen other movies.

The cinematography is adequate. Music is not at all worth of talking. Too loud. The dialogues are routine. Screenplay and direction lacks any touch of creativity.

Despite no proper script, Selfie Raja offers some laughs in the first half, but the movie meanders into a mess post interval. Except for few scattered laughs and spoofs, the second half is bore.

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