The story itself is compelling and because it is based on true story of Rani Rudhramadevi makes it all the more amazing.“Rudhramadevi" is one of those important true stories that needed to be told by someone other than Guna Sekhar. I wonder why director Guna Sekhar, who till date had scripted good films like Laathi, Okkadu, Chudalianni Undi, Ramayanam and Manoharam ventured on this venture in the first place. It's mostly the fans of Allu Arjun and Anushka who made it to the Benefit shows of this new release. To such audience shouting or whistling for a few times from the start of the film speaks for the flimsiness of it all.
The main issue with the film is that Guna Sekhar, who himself scripted the film, faltered in the script department itself. Even the dialogues were unbearable and silly at times. As of the direction the less said, the better. The director completely failed to highlight memorable moments from Rani Rudhramadevi's rule and the struggle she went through to look and be like a man. One of the most important lesson for a film maker must learn is “Show the content, don't tell it". What this actually means is that rather handling the viewer at every point the director wants to get across, the writer should let the details come out naturally as a part of the story. To illustrate with examples what sort of woman Rudhramadevi is, what did she do for Kakathiya kingdom? Rather telling the point through a voice over, let the viewer see the content for himself. With film being complete visual medium, this is not a kind of problem I was expecting from a period drama, unfortunately this was a biggest problem with “Rudhramadevi".
The cinematography Ajayan Vincent is really something to appreciate. The way he shot “Avuna Neevena Ne Vedhukutunna" song and characters introduction shots are the only saving grace. The music by Maestro Iiaiyaraaja is perfect tuned with the period and BGM elevates the action episodes. Even the picturization of the songs are good. The movie is very long 158 minutes, could have been done a better editing (A Sreekar Prasad) job. The costumes are good. Both the ladies and gents wear are completely fitted out with Kakathiyan style from head to toe. Yards of rich luscious fabric, decently decorated laces, beautifully recreated sculptures, flowers and jewels. Visual Effects are high light of the film for this shoe string budgeted film. Art work deserves a special mention. There isn't much to write home about the other departments. Production values of Gunaa Team Works is good.