Movie: Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam
Banner: Annapurna Studios
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Rakul Preet Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Sampath, Kausalya, Vennela Kishore, Saptagiri Ramesh, Irshaad and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: S V Viswaweshwar
Editor: Gowtham Raju
Producer: Nagarjuna Akkineni
Story, dialogues and directed by: Kurasala Kalyana Krishna
Release date: May 26, 2017
Director Kalyan Krishna's first film "Soggade Chinni Nayana" was a stunning a blockbuster last year. Hence his teaming up with Naga Chaitanya had raised expectations.
The theatrical trailer of "Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam" had further made us hopeful about this film. So, has Kalyan Krishna delivered the goods with his second film too?
The story is set in Vizag and its surrounding areas. Siva (Naga Chaitanya) and Brahmarambha (Rakul) meet at a friend's wedding.
He likes her funny and innocent attitude. She comes to Vizag for further studies and they both meet again.
Twist in the tale is that Chaitanya's father Krishna (Jagapathi Babu) and Brahmarambha's father Aditya (Sampath) were once friends but they have become rivals due to a past incident.
How will their love story end?
Naga Chaitanya is showing maturity with each movie. His best scene in the film comes at the climax when he goes on explaining how Rakul has behaved with him in a sarcastic way. His chemistry with Rakul Preet Singh is superb.
Rakul as village girl has done terrific job. This is her best performance to date. Entire movie revolves around her.
Jagapathi Babu and Sampath both are okay. Vennela Kishore and Kausalya get noticed.
"Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam" has good production and technical values. Cinematography is neat.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad's is mixed bag. Though songs are hummable, they give us the feeling of déjà vu. But he has scored BG quite well. Dialogues are good. Narration is not that smooth.
Rakul Preet Singh
The story of "Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam" dates back to 80's and 90's. Two close friends turn foe due to small differences and their kids fall in with each other without knowing their respective father's issues. Many movies were dished based on this thread.
The director has shifted focus straight away on the characterization of 'Brahmarambha' played by Rakul Preet Singh to tell the regular story in different way.
Her character is modeled on some old roles played by Soundarya and Anjali. Still her role is very striking and she comes up with good performance.
As there is not much story on paper, writer Satyanand has thrown in lot of unnecessary scenes to drive the point in the first half. Many characters are introduced.
Hero and heroine get acquainted with each other at a friend's wedding and this "pelli episode" has all sorts of silly comedy scenes, songs, etc.
Then the hero and heroine meet again after some days in Vizag and the romance part begins. It goes on that way…. even by the time of the interval, their story doesn’t move an inch forward.
The real conflict or main point of the story comes in the second half. Even the romance thread of Chaitanya and Rakul is more impressive in the second half than the first half.
Rakul getting confused between her relationship with Chaitanya, her dilemma about choosing partner, Chaitanya's bond with his father and his frustration have been handled well in the second half.
Finest episode of the movie is break-up sequence. In the second half, the film turns riveting from break-up scene.
The director also has handled emotional scenes beautifully as his mark can be seen in the depiction of father-son, father-daughter, and mother-daughter relations. The dialogues are also good in those emotional scenes and in break-up episode.
All in all, "Rarandoi Veduka Chuddam" is an old story packaged with new actors. Climax episodes, Rakul's character and two songs are best part of this regular romantic drama with family values. The film may work with family audiences more.
Bottom-line: Entertaining Family Drama!