Om Namo Venkatesaya movie is an enlightening devotional drama but not touched the audience expectations well.
Release date: February 10, 2017
Locality News Rating: 2.8/5
Director: K. Raghavendra Rao
Producer: A. Mahesh Reddy
Music Director: M. M. Keeravani
Starring: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Anushka Shetty, Pragya Jaiswal
STORY : Raama (Nagarjuna) who is a disciple of Lord Venkateswara deplores sophisticated pleasures counting his maradalu and soon-to-be-bride Bhavani (Pragya Jaiswal) and stays at Tirumala. He agrees to change the face of Tirumala by making it into ‘Kaliyuga Vaikuntham’ both for tourists and the god with the assistance of Krishnamma (Anushka). His endeavors to do so, the obstacles and his meets with the Lord himself is the complete script.
MOVIE REVIEW: Om Namo Venkatesaya is that irregular Nag-KRR devotional movie that Tollywood anticipates every now and then. And it supports the similar effect that Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu had on the viewers. This time it was Hathiram Baba’s try to tap the spiritual side of Telugu audiences.
The story arc is exactly the similar as the previous movies. The hero giving up sophisticated possessions to seek God, corrupt administrators hinder his endeavors of bringing back Tirumala’s splendor, thus becoming God’s favorite devotee, till lastly the Lord charms him with a viswaroopa darsanam in the pinnacle. This has been the script development for all of KRR and Nagarjuna’s devotional movies so far. No criticisms! It has always driven and judging by the spectators leaving the theatre with their hands folded in prayer, it appears like it has toiled this time too. In spite of the probability, the movie does keep you engaged more or less.
If you just focused on the script of Raama’s bhakti and Lord Venkateswara’s (Saurabh Raj Jain) theology, you will be engrossed into the play. On the other artists too play their characters convincingly in the small screen time they get, Nagarjuna and Saurabh definitely stole the attention and fairly so. Nagarjuna is his typical best in the character of a devotee and mainly nails the emotive scenes. And with Saurabh it gazes like Tollywood has observed its new go-to actor to play God. Anushka in the scenes where her acting skill has to shine through brings naturally. Pragya Jaiswal’s character as Bhavani is over before you even see it. But, not before moving her hips to a gushing and flower-throwing hero.
All said and prepared, K Raghavender Rao has in the last pair of decades has formed a monopoly in making typical devotional movies. One could say that we are trained to this format of making them. But over time the total irrelevance of the force-fitted songs and amusement in such movies is getting more obvious. Not to mention the outmoded fruits, flowers and navel formula.
This movie is firmly for those who love the genre, the filmmaker and the combo. Others can watch it just for Nagarjuna.