Film: Om Namo Venkatesaya
Actors : Nagarjuna Akkineni, Anushka, Jagapathi Babu, Pragya Jaiswal and others
Director: K Raghavendra Rao
Music: M M Keeravani
Producer: A Mahesh Reddy
Reviewed By : Sai
Akkineni Nagarjuna who’s had a fantastic last few months is back on screen again and this time, he is back with a devotional flick Om Namo Venkatesaya. The film which boasts of some serious casting has had a good round of promotions and has opened to screening today. Will this again be embraced as well as Annamaya or Sri Ramadasu? Well, let’s see
Story of the film is about Hathiram Baba who is a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateswara right from his childhood. He gets the blessing of the god and how he turns his life by playing dice with the god forms the rest of the story.
Though the film has a huge cast, it would be Nagarjuna’s character you’d be remembering after you come out. He’s excelled in his character and his performance is top notch. His performance in the Jeeva Samadhi sequence alone would top the entire best sequences in his career. Anushka and Pragya Jaiswal do their part well while Jagapathi Babu does a short role pretty well. Sourabh who plays the deity is apt and does well. Rest of the crew is okay.
Songs and Background Music:
Songs are good in the film and their picturization is very good as well. They gel along mostly with the flow of the film and some of them have been shot extremely well. Background music is superb as well and gets excellent coming to the climax.
Direction, Screenplay and Dialogues
K Raghavendra Rao choses a script which is always to the core point and has chosen his casting perfectly. Hid direction is spot on and though a slight lag in present in the second half, he covers it up with a superb climax. Dialogues in the film are decent. Screenplay always sticks to the core plot and no forced comedy has been included in the film which is a relief.
Cinematography is top notch and given the budget of the film, the richness and presentation are superb. A little less brightness would’ve suited the proceedings a bit better but overall, it is a good experience.
Technical values from Mahesh Reddy are very good and the film is presented in good light.
Om Namo Venkatesaya is a well-made film which stays true to the plot and with some fine performances. When you compare it with the likes of Annamaya or Sri Ramadasu, it may fall short but mind you, they are stories with a lot more emotion. Overall, Om Namo Venkatesaya is a fine watch for devotional movie lovers and an easy watch for normal cinegoers.
You may watch it.
0 – Stay Away at any cost
1 – Stay Away
2 – Watch at your discretion
3 – You may watch it
4- Do not miss it
5 – You’ll miss a lot if you don’t watch it
NA – Not rating this genre.
The fractions are an indication to whether the movie is closer to the better side or the bad.
P.S: This review is the view of the reviewer only and is not meant to drive/stop people watching the film. Please watch the movie only in theatres.