Release Date: September 15, 2023
Starring: Karthik Ratnam, Satya, Ravi Babu, Goldie Nissy, Nitya Sri, Ester Noronha, and others
Director: Satish Varma
Producer: Ravi Teja
Music Director: Krishna Saurabh
Cinematographers: Meherbaba and Ajju
Editor: Karthik Vunnava
Ravi Teja’s latest production, Changure Bangaru Raja, starring Karthik Ratnam, has recently hit the screens. This review dissects the film’s merits and shortcomings.
Unveiling the Plot
Bangarraju (Karthik Ratnam) is a skilled bike mechanic in the bustling town of Duggada, Narsipatnam, a place driven by the pursuit of precious gemstones. One fateful day, after a heated exchange with Somu Naidu (Raj Tirandasu), events take a dark turn as Somu Naidu is discovered lifeless. While the police point fingers at Bangarraju, he manages to evade capture. Now, he’s on a relentless mission to uncover the real culprit. How do Tatarao (Satya) and Gateelu (Ravi Babu) tie into this enigmatic tale? To unveil the answers, you’ll have to watch the movie.
The High Points
- Director Satish Varma’s choice of premise is intriguing. Karthik Ratnam steals the show with his impeccable dialogue delivery and compelling performance.
- Satya’s portrayal as Karthik Ratnam’s loyal companion deserves a standing ovation. His expressions and dialogue delivery evoke genuine laughter.
- Ravi Babu’s entry in the latter half injects a fresh dose of entertainment, and the supporting cast puts forth commendable performances.
The Low Points
- While the story holds potential, its execution leaves much to be desired. Crime comedies often generate high expectations, but in this case, the director struggles to strike the right balance.
- Satish Varma’s writing exhibits finesse, but the execution falls short in delivering a gripping screenplay, a pivotal component for this genre. The innovative approach of narrating the story from different perspectives loses its impact when the film’s pace falters in both halves.
- Characters essayed by Goldie Nissy, Nitya Sri, and Ajay could have been more intricately developed to enrich the film’s depth. Despite their on-screen presence, their contribution to the plot remains somewhat muted.
- Satya’s comedic potential could have been fully harnessed to amplify the film’s entertainment quotient. Additionally, the film’s sole song leaves a forgettable impression.
While Satish Varma shines as a writer, his directorial prowess could have been more robust. A more engaging screenplay could have significantly enhanced the film’s overall impact.
The musical score by Krishna Saurabh and the cinematography by Sundar NC meet the requirements. However, crisper editing by Karthik Vunnava would have injected more dynamism into the narrative. Nevertheless, the film shines in terms of production values.
On the whole, Changure Bangaru Raja presents a half-baked crime comedy drama. While Karthik Ratnam’s performance and the comedic timing of Satya and Ravi Babu are noteworthy, the film is hindered by its sluggish narration and unnecessary scenes. If you are willing to overlook these shortcomings, give the film a watch, but keep your expectations tempered.