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Express Raja Telugu Movie Review(3.0/5.0)


Cast: Sharwanand , Surabhi
Directed by: Merlapaka Gandhi
Produced by: UV Creations
Music by: Praveen Lakkaraju
Release Date: 14 January 2016
Express Raja-Story
Raja(Sharwanand) is the reckless son of an honest father who does a lot of social service. Along with his cousin Seenu (Prabhas Seenu), he spends his days drinking and causing trouble despite being insulted by his father numerous times. One fine day, Raja spots Ammu(Surabhi) and falls head over heels for her. He even kidnaps a small puppy to impress her. Post this kidnapping, hell breaks loose as different characters start entering the scene and cause even more confusion in the plot. Who are these characters ? How are they connected to each other ? and What happens to Raja's love story ? To know answers to these questions, you need to watch the film on the big screen.
Express Raja-Star Performance
Sharwanand who throughout his career appeared in subtle characters, played a flamboyant role yet again in this film after Run Raja Run. However the story is not that great but he tried his level best to shoulder it. Surabhi has no great bandwidth to showcase her talent and she is okay. Urvashi is too loud and is also under used by the director. Prabhas Seenu is good as Mavayya Seenu and evoked decent comedy. Sapthagiri gets a full length role after a long time as Pollution Giri and is good.
Express Raja-Technical Team
With a storyline almost as thin air, Express Raja is stretched to unbelievable lengths, until it snaps. I am not really turning blind eye to the apposite theme at hand, but if only it had the depth of a text message at least. The director of Venkatadri Express Merapaka Gandhi succeeded in his first attempt thanks to the promising narrative and comedy in parts. In Express Raja, there isn't really a lot to laugh your guts out at.

This motion picture belongs to a new breed of cinema that is least interested in the significance of what it offers and is much concerned with trying to jounce its viewers with trivial tricks that never leave an impact. The first half of the movie and the beginning of the second half are drab. The movie doesn't seem to have the air of nicely timed comedy and thrills, which is the life and soul of the movie. The relationships and characterization look unrealistic and forced. They fail to evoke any feeling for their roles.

A beading together a cluster of jokes need not necessarily pass off as a decent film. Tired of trying to make a head and tail of the proceedings, I try to find some energy, a bit of tempo perhaps or a real pulse somewhere. With no luck in sight, I realize that the stilted script is what has been flunking all over the place. To be fair to the film, there is an occasional chuckle or two here and there but that too is pretty much diluted by an attempted love track between Sharwanand and Surabhi which doesn't work at all.

The story had everything to its credit but the multi-perspective narrative structure and direction gives it away. Songs in the film are a further put off as none of them are placed well at all and just come out of nowhere. Surprising factor is director Merapaka Gandhi was successful in placing the songs well in his first attempt. Cinematographer Karthik Gattamaneni is major asset of the film his lens captured the locations and art work very well, Kudos to the team. Runtime of 144 minutes is too long for the plotline and editing needed to trim it down by 20 odd minutes. Production Values of U V Creations are fine.

Express Raja-Analysis
The first half goes well with some good comedy and racy screenplay. However the second half dips remarkably with director getting confused with too many characters. On a flipside, some scenes remind us of scenes in 'Run Raja Run' and 'Venkatadri Express'. Except for the Sapthagiri comedy in the pre-interval, the film seems to have derailed and the second half ends up as a weak link for the film. On a whole, the film ends up as an average entertainer due to good comedy quotient.
Express Raja-Trailer

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