Very Little to Celebrate
‘U’Certified, 2 hrs 26 mins
What Is the Film About?
Sai (Sai Dharam Tej) is the grandson of Satya Raj. Upon hearing the news of lung cancer, he instantly flies down to take care of his grandfather in the final days. On the other hand, his marriage is fixed to a girl for business expansion by his father.
What happens when Sai falls in love with a girl, Angel Arna (Raashi Khanna), who also happens to be the grandfather’s choice? Also, what happens to the grandfather is what the movie is all about?
How Is Sai Dharam Tej’s Performance?
Sai Dharam Tej is on a comeback trail after falling from the initial glory in the past few movies. With Chitralahari, he improved a bit, and now he takes another small step. The grooming is working, but there seems to be still a long way to go. The body always seems a bit heavy. The bloatedness is gone, though.
Coming to performance, Sai Dharam Tej is okay. He has a lot of scope to improve this space. As usual, he is okay in fun and teasing parts. But, when it comes to emotions (crying in sentiment sequence), he falls flat –especially when acting in the same frame as seniors.
Direction by Maruthi?
Maruthi is not mainly known for stories, but for making entertainers out of even thin storylines. Prathi Roju Pandaage too belongs to the same category. But, it comes with a caveat which turns out to be the Achilles heel and leads to its eventual downfall.
Right from the opening, it is clear where the movie is headed. Maruthi tries to keep the narrative engaging through comedy. He has taken a new element like ‘Tiktok’ to generate fun. It works out in parts, but most of the other times, it is the usual Maruthi at work. Even here it is a hit-and-miss thing, with some working and others failing.
The writing of Maruthi is missing the edge it used to have previously. The freshness seems to have evaporated entirely from it. The comedy punches too seem very predictable at times. Still, the first half makes for a passable viewing, once the expectations meter is reset after the initial few minutes.
The real problem with Prathi Roju Pandaage lies in its central theme of happiness. A grandfather is suffering and about to die. And he wants to enjoy life every single day. It appears very simple but extremely difficult to get that come across on-screen with depth. That is when someone takes it up straight. Maruthi tries to shoehorn his brand of comedy into the tragedy. It is this idea that the ‘happiness’ necessary for the emotion to work could be brought through his ‘mark of entertainment’ where the film falls flat.
At no point do we feel the pain of the grandfather or what he wants to convey. The scenes that are meant to be taken seriously never have that feeling. The emotion feels hollow due to the self-satire and other humorous moments that are in contrast with the core theme. The typical Maruthi stuff is ill-fitted to the narrative.
The predictability and familiarity of the terrain further mar the prospects of Prathi Roju Pandaage. The finale feels so rushed after all that has happened.
Overall, Prathi Roju Pandaage is a rare miscalculation from the very calculative and mostly reliable Maruthi. Some parts entertain, but most of it either fail or bore.
Raashi Khanna and Others?
Raashi Khanna gets a fun part that is used in the most conventional way possible. Her presence is used only to generate comedy or for songs like it happen in big movies where the female leads form a random a punctuation mark in the flow of the film.
Satyaraj is plagued with weak writing. The over the top acting reduces the impact further. Rao Ramesh is a riot in a scene or two. But the absurdity of the content is too much to carry for even an actor of his calibre.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are many known faces throughout like Suhas, Srikanth Iyengar, Naresh, Murali Sharma, Ajay, Satyam Rajesh and so on. The list is endless. Most of them are used to fill up the screen with nothing significant or worth remembering to act.
Music and Other Departments?
S Thaman’s songs have been shot decently on screen. They help in registering them more. The background stands out during the fight sequences. The cinematography is excellent capturing the village nativity. The editing could have been better.
Few Entertaining Moments
Zero Emotional Connect
Writing in the Second Half
Second Half Towards The End
The entire film needs a rewrite around the core theme. In the second half, some of the scenes too have to redone in a better way.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Prati Roju Pandage Review by KK US
The second half continues the ordinariness. The emotions are forced. Surprisingly, the Maruthi writing, usually on target for the ‘target’ audience misses the mark, making Prati Roju Pandaage a weak effort overall. Watch out for our honest review, later.
– Prati Roju Pandage ends as one would expect. Final report shortly.
– Finally, the realization episode of Satyaraj’s sons and daughters are happening. The movie is heading towards the climax.
– It’s time for Sai Tej’s shirtless fight. The villain track of Ajay and Satyam Rajesh is to have a couple of fights for the hero, other than that there is not much significance.
– The second half started. Angel Aarna (Rashi) promises a live performance for her TikTok fans. It’s time for a duet song.
First Half Report:
The first half of Prati Roju Pandaage is as predictable as they come evoking dejavu all through. The comedy has its moments, but they are very few. Overall, it is an ordinary first half. The second half turns very crucial now.
– Finally, Satyaraj’s children visit him. Interval.
– The love track begins between TikTok celebrity Angel Aarna (Rashi) and Sai. Satyaraj wants Sai to marry his best friend’s (Senior actor Vijaya Kumar) grand daughter (Rashi). On the other hand, Rao Ramesh wants Sai to marry his business client’s daughter for his business growth.
– Rao Ramesh’s father (Sai Tej’s grand father) Satyaraj is diagnosed with lungs cancer. Sai Tej wants to fulfill all his grand father’s wishes before he dies while his children are busy with their jobs.
– Prati Roju Pandage show started. Sai Tej is sharing about his relationship with his Bommarillu type father Rao Ramesh and how he is effected by his over caring and love.
Preview: Prati Roju Pandaage
Coming from director Maruthi who has proved that he can deliver an entertaining flick with second-league heroes, ‘Prati Roju Pandaage‘ has a fair chance at the box-office. A family entertainer can always engage if the narrative hits the right emotional chord.
For Sai Tej, this movie is very crucial as he has to continue the success after the respite he got with ‘Chitralahari’. The actor has lost some weight and looked impressive in the teaser and the trailer of the movie.
Thaman’s music album was mainly situational and with the visuals, there is a lot of scope for the songs to register. His background music has been one of his acumens and it might elevate ‘Prati Roju Pandaage’ if the narration came out well.
Senior actor, Satyaraj may become one of the biggest assets of the movie, going by the promotional material we have got to see, so far. All in all, the regular story may have the stuff to engage.
Will Maruthi continue his success streak with the second-league heroes? Would the spelling change of the title bring luck for Sai Tej?
So, it’s time for the mirchi9 team’s comprehensive ‘Prati Roju Pandaage’ review. Keep watching this space by staying tuned, folks!