Review : Ramayya Vasthavayya – Stylish Mass Entertainer
RV1 Release date : 11 October 2013 Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Harish Shankar
Producer : Dil Raju
Music Director : S.S Thaman
Starring : NTR, Samantha, Shruti Haasan

Young Tiger NTR and Samantha have teamed up for the mass entertainer ‘Ramayya Vasthavayya’. The movie has hit the screens today across the world. Harish Shankar is the director of the film and Dil Raju is the producer.

Story :

Nandu (NTR) is a college student who lives a simple and happy life. He comes across Akarsha (Samantha) one day and instantly falls in love with her. He begins wooing her with his wit and antics. After a while, Akarsha also falls for him.

Nandu decides to accompany Akarsha to her hometown, for the wedding of her sister. At the wedding, the story takes an unexpected twist. A different side of Nandu comes out.

It is revealed that Akarsha’s father (Mukesh Rishi) and Nandu have a violent past. That past also involves Ammulu (Shruti Haasan) and an evil politician named Bikshapathi (Ravi Shankar). What is that past? Who is Nandu ? That is the story of Ramayya Vasthavayya.

Plus Points :

This is NTR’s career best look. Harish Shankar has succeeded in showcasing NTR in a way that fans have been waiting to see since ages. NTR on horseback, with black shirt and shades..What more needs to be said? The film also has some of NTR’s best dance moves in recent times. NTR’s command over dialogue delivery is apparent once again.

Samantha is cute and gorgeous as usual, but her role is largely limited to the first half. Her scenes with NTR have come out well. Shruti Haasan looks glamorous in her guest appearance. Rohini Hattangadi has done a neat job.

The first half is a big asset for the film. Entertainment quotient is good here. The film progresses at a good pace in this half.

Hero elevation scenes and NTR’s funny mannerisms will work big time with fans and movie lovers. All the songs in the film have been shot in a very pleasing manner.

Minus Points :

The second half of the film is a let down. The story has scope for being a good emotional revenge drama, but the superficial screenplay in this part of the film never really allows the scenes to make a strong impact.

The film becomes very predictable in the second half, with too much violence and multiple fights. The love story between NTR and Samantha could have been tied off in a better way. The entertainment and magic of the first half is missing here.

Ravi Shankar’s characterisation is very clichéd. The revenge episode, where NTR hacks off the goons in the mandapam, could have been shot better.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography is good and the visuals have a rich feel. Thaman had done a good job with the background score. Dialogues are very good, especially the ones uttered by the hero.

Harish Shankar is a guy who understands what fans expect from their hero. He has showcased NTR brilliantly in the first half. He should have taken better care about the second half

Verdict :

‘Ramayya Vasthavayya’ is a stylish mass entertainer that showcases all of NTR’s abilities very well. The superb first half is a big asset. A predictable and below par second half is a slight let down. However, the film should work well at the Box Office and NTR’s fans will be a delighted lot. Rating – 3.25/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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