Tiger Nageswara Rao
Cast: Ravi Teja
Rarely do we come across a film that seamlessly blends a period piece with a biographical narrative. “Tiger Nageswara Rao” accomplishes just that, weaving the intriguing life events of a 1980s thief into a commercial cinematic format. The movie wastes no time in grabbing your attention, pulling you into its captivating storyline with a combination of engaging storytelling and a visually striking mood.
However, one significant downside that’s hard to ignore is the film’s extensive running time. Regardless of how compelling the story and characters are, sitting through a three-hour movie can be quite challenging for any audience.
Once you move past the love story in the first half, every subsequent scene becomes a captivating piece of the puzzle. The second part of the film has its moments but does experience a slowdown in the middle, only to pick up speed again in the pre-climax. Watching Ravi Teja embody the character is a true delight, not just for his fans but for cinema enthusiasts in general.
Ravi Teja’s performance needs no special mention; he consistently delivers excellence in any role he takes on. It’s a rarity to see him in serious roles, but the character of Nageswara Rao presents a multifaceted portrayal with the exception of some comedic moments. Ravi Teja’s makeup could have been more refined in certain scenes, though.
Nupur Sanon, despite her limited role, makes a mark. Gayatri Bharadwaj shines in a character with substantial depth, and she does justice to her role. Anupam Kher’s dubbing may not be top-notch, but his performance undoubtedly leaves an impression. Renudesai, Nasser, Muralisharma, and Jishusengupta also deliver commendable performances, adding to the film’s overall strength.
Taking on such a grand project demands an experienced director, yet Vamsi, despite his relative inexperience, manages to handle the movie adeptly. While some commercial liberties may have been taken, pleasing the audience remains a monumental task, one in which he succeeds.
From a technical standpoint, “Tiger Nageswara Rao” holds its own, albeit with a few visual effects issues in some scenes. The cinematography stands out as the film’s major highlight, elevating it to another level through its striking locations, color tones, and evocative mood. The music by G.V. Prakash Kumar, while featuring a couple of decent songs, could have been even more impactful. The background score, on the other hand, does its job effectively.
In conclusion, “Tiger Nageswara Rao” presents an intriguing blend of history and commercial cinema, with a story that hooks you in and an ensemble cast that delivers strong performances. While its running time is a notable drawback, it remains a cinematic journey worth embarking on, showcasing the creative potential of this unique period biopic.”