Banner: Annapurna Studios, Zee Studio
Form: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Naga Chaitanya, Ramya Krishna, Krithi Shetty, Rao Ramesh, Faria Abdullah and others
Music: Anup Rubens
Director of photography: Yuvaraj
Editor: Vijay Vardhan K.
art: Brahma Kadali
Producers: Akkineni Nagarjuna & Sea
Written and directed by: Kalyan Krishna Kurasala
Publication date: January 14, 2022
“Bangarraju” is the first major release in 2022, and also marks the combination of father-son duo Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya after “Manam”. The film generated a lot of hype and buzz with its promotions.
Let’s see if it lives up to expectations.
‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ ends with Bangarraju (Nagarjuna) entering the soul of his son Ramu and saving him from the villain. This sequel focuses on his grandson Chinna Bangarraju (Naga Chaitanya), son of Ramu. Chinna Bangarraju’s grandmother Sattamma (Ramya Krishna), Bangarraju’s wife, also dies.
Before her death, Sattamma wanted her grandson Chinna Bangarraju to marry Nagalaxmi (Krithi Shetty). Nagalaxmi becomes president of their village and Chinna Bangarraju often quarrels with her. So, at the urging of Sattamma, the grandfather’s soul enters Bangarraju Jr’s body to help them get together. The drama begins.
Performances by artists:
Nagarjuna lets his son Naga Chaitanya dominate the show. Nagarjuna has less screen time but gains a commanding presence. Naga Chaitanya is the real ‘hero’ of the film, and he plays a decent part in a role that required him to be bombastic.
Ramya Krishna lends her skillful support in a minor role. Krithi Shetty as village girl Naga Lakshmi is ok. But her romantic track with Naga Chaitanya lacks effectiveness.
Faria Abdullah and Daksha Nagarkar appear in songs and make their presence felt. The comedic scenes with Brahmaji and Vennela Kishore are outdated.
Anup Rubens has given a number of hit songs. “Vasi Vadi Tassadiya” is catchy. The song recorded on Naga Chaitanya and Faria Abdullah is a sight to behold.
The other technicians have put in quite ordinary efforts.
Nagarjuna – Naga Chaitanya’s Scenes
Boring first half
Lack of comedy
“Bangarraju” is a sequel to the 2016 movie “Soggade Chinni Nayana” starring Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna in the lead roles. The sequel also follows the same path. Not many additions have been made to the story. In fact, it is a repeat of the same story. Bangarraju’s grandson is also a flirt.
In the original movie, Bangarraju returns in the form of a soul to help his son. He does the same, but this time to help his grandson. Even the bad guy (Sampath) is the same. It’s like watching the new version of “Soggade Chinni Nayana”.
But “Soggade Chinni Nayana” had a lot of fun moments. The track between Nagarjuna and Lavanya was entertaining. Bangarraju as a rural Casanova was in elements in that film. “Soggade Chinni Nayana” was a well packaged family entertainer.
But the latest version lacks such entertainment. The entire first half of the film gives the feeling of a rushed product. The extended comedy number about Krithi Shetty as village president does not raise any laughter at all.
Almost 20 minutes of the running time is devoted to a ‘Veeri Veeri Gummadi’ play between Naga Chaitanya and Kriti Shetty, which is supposed to be a romantic song. Many such scenes tell us that the creators just filled the runtime with random scenes.
The film only gets its groove on when Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya appear together. Fortunately, the film has its moments in the second half. The last part saves the day to some extent.
Director Kalyan Krishna hasn’t even tried to package the clichéd plot in a contemporary way. Hence, “Bangarraju” proves to be a routine family entertainer.
We need to be on the lookout for how the festival period would help the film at the box office.