Review : Stand Up Rahul – Good premise bad narration
Published on Mar 19, 2022 3:01 am IST
Stand Up Rahul Movie Review

Release Date : March 18,2022 Rating : 2.5/5

Starring: Raj Tarun, Varsha Bollamma, Murali Sharma, Indraja, Vennela Kishore

Director: Santo

Producers: Nandkumar Abbineni, Bharath Maguluri

Music Director: Sweekar Agasthi

Cinematography : Sreeraj Raveendran

Editor: Ravi Teja Girijala

Raj Tharun has got a makeover for his new film Stand Up Rahul which has created a good buzz with its promos. The film directed by Santo has hit the screens today and let’s see how it is.


Rahul(Raj Tharun)lives with his single mom(Indraja) after his dad(Murali Sharma) leaves them for good. That is the reason, he does not believe in the institution of marriage. Rahul comes to Hyderabad for his job and meets Shreya(Varsha Bollama). Sparks fly and the couple enter a live-in relationship. Rahul has also dreamed to become a stand-up comedian. How Varsha makes him believe in his potential and also makes him ready for marriage is the whole story of the film all about.

Plus Points:

Raj Tharun gets a good makeover and he looks handsome in his role. Raj Tharun is known to carry off mass roles and has a village slang in his previous films. But here, he does the role of urban youth in a very good manner. Be it his costumes, the way he delivers his life, Raj Tharun is quite good.

Varsha Bollama is a good performer and once again gets a meaty role in this film. Her innocence and screen presence suits the role well. Indraja gets a neat role and she is impressive. Murali Sharma is also good in his character. The second half has some decent moments in the end where family drama is interlined with the love story.

Minus Points:

One of the major minus points of the film is the lack of strong emotions. The film has so many layers of relationships showcased and none of them have weight in the emotions. Everything is shown in a light manner. The director Santo had so much scope to elevate the emotions but he fails to do so.

Also, why Rahul does not believe in marriage, the heroine deciding for a live-in relationship is not established well at all. The romance factor in such rom-com is quite key but that is missing here in the film as things look rushed.

Raj Tharun is shown as a confused youth who stands up for what he believes in. This part is shown through the eyes of the heroine and does not create any depth in the film. Stand Up Rahul is filled with routine romantic moments and scenes.

Technical Aspects:

The music of the film is good and so was the BGM. The production design, styling for Raj Tharun, and the Standup comedy setup look cool. The lyrics are good and so was the camera work. Editing is decent and so was the art direction.

Coming to the director Santo, he has done a disappointing job with the film. Firstly, he has chosen a routine formula and has set it up in an urban backdrop. That is the only new thing he has done but the rest of his direction is dull. Even after so much scope for comedy, romance, and strong emotions, he does not elevate them due to his inexperience.

None of the tracks like mother-son, the main lead, and husband-wife have been utilized properly. The lively romance and punch that such films need are missing totally. The pace of the film is also quite slow.


On the whole, Stand Up Rahul showcases Raj Tharun in a new makeover and he is impressive. But the lack of emotions, romance, and depth in narration disappoints the audience making this film a dull and boring watch this weekend. Rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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