If Rajamouli had chosen even a known young actor or even a new comer, expectations could have been higher from his film. Hence Sunil was apt choice.
The way Rajamouli portrays each character - the villain, the heroine, the heroine’s cousin, her brothers is impeccable. Once the main conflict is leaked between main characters, any other director would have looked for climax. But Rajamouli takes the audience for a ride in his own way until it becomes convincing and necessary to kick Ramu out of home.
His mark violence is completely reduced. For his trademark slow motion scenes Rajamouli doesn’t need a cinematographer. But that shouldn’t take anything away from Ramprasad, the actual cinematographer, notably in the train song and the cycle chase scenes. Editing is crisp and dialogues are written well, especially between Ramu and Ramineedu. All the other departments did good including set and costumer designers. The visual effects in the song ‘Udyogam Poyindi’ are cool, though one thinks the visual effects in few frames was a tad average.
But last not the least, it is Keeravani who keeps the audience not just engaged, but also has them in splits or sometimes completely silences them with his background music.
Filmmaking is like cricket, more so for Telugu people. The moment you perform in one innings (read film), the second innings (next film) generates unnecessary hype inspite of having a different story and different demands. Nagarjuna after ‘Annammayya’, Krishna after ‘Alluri Seetarama Raju’ must have realized it the hard way. This is where Rajamouli does well. He can now take the burden of ‘Magadheera’ off his shoulders and yet get a good hit with this film. He can sleep better now. Go watch 'Maryada Ramanna' with your family. This is a good Telugu commercial cinema.
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