|Cast:||Anushka Shetty, Allu Arjun, Nithya Menon, Rana Daggubati
|Music by:|| Ilaiyaraaja
Rudhramadevi - Story
The story of the film is set in the ancient Kakatiya dynasty of Orugallu. The majestic kingdom is ruled by Raja Ganapati Devudu(Krishnam Raju) who does not have any male successors. As time passes by, Ganapathi Devudu's wife gives birth to a baby girl Rudrama Devi(Anushka).Fearing that his long time enemies from the Devagiri dynasty would attack him after knowing that he has no male successors, the king decides to announce Rudrama Devi as prince Rudra Devudu to his empire.Rudrama Devi grows up like a warrior and keeps her identity under wraps. Twist in the tale arises when the entire Kakatiya dynasty comes to know that the young prince is actually a girl.What will Rudra Devudu do now ? Will he declare himself as the royal Rudrama Devi and fight the enemies ? and where does Gona Ganna Reddy(Allu Arjun) and Chalukya (Rana) feature in all this set up. To know answers to all these questions, you need to watch the film on the big screen.
Rudhramadevi - Star Performance
Anushka Shetty was very believable and appreciable as a royal torrid and a honorable woman. Hers is a dual character, that of next to kin “Rudhradeva" and of powerful “Rudhramadevi" are superb. She plays her dual role in her characters in style and lends credibility to both the characters. Allu Arjun stayed true to his character. There weren't really any extra unnecessary scenes with the sole purpose to further glorify his character. His Telangana dialect deserves a special applause. His scenes are major assets of the film. Rana Daggubati did a decent job, but he had nothing much to do. Nithya Menon has a two-bit presence, and her only task is to smile or look grim.. Catherine Tresa did her bit well.
The others in the cast Aditya Menon, Vikramjeeth, JP, Prakash Raaj, Aditi Chengappa and Suman are not too bad though nobody delivers a performance worth mentioning. Krishnam Raju was wasted in a short role, similarly Venu Madhav, Ajay, Vennela Kishore and Baba Sehgal comedy failed to tickle the funny bones. Veteran actress Ooha's children Roshan (Chalukya Veerabadhrudu) and Medha (Rudramadevi) are promising in their short roles. Megastar Chiranjeevi's Voice Over is major asset to the film.
Rudhramadevi - Technical Team
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.
Rudhramadevi - Analysis
Rudhramadevi is a monolithic and epic movie with spectacular visual effects and beautiful scenery. I liked how they presented Rudhramadevi's character and her struggle to be a powerful man in spite of heavy pressures. It's a realistic looking period war film thats a complete crowd pleaser. Breathtaking in scope and action and surprisingly precise characterizations despite whatever ethnically dubious casting choices. Gunaa's expertise in the machinery of the genre reaches its pinnacle. The Rudhramadevi - Gonna Ganna Reddy final scene is stroke of genius. On the whole, Rudhramadevi is another epic from master Guaa, very enjoyable.