Verdict: A celebration of life and bonding.

Jointly produced by GA2 Pictures and UV Creations, Prati Roju Pandaage is an interesting family drama penned and directed by Maruthi. It has “supreme” hero Sai Dharam Tej and Raashi Khanna playing the lead pair and Satyaraj enacting an important role of a grandfather. The teaser and trailer have revealed the emotional bonding between a grandfather and his grandson, and the viewers can expect a high intense family drama.

What’s Prati Roju Pandaage About:

Raghuramaya (Sathyaraj) lives in Rajahmundry and has been diagnosed with lung cancer, with not more than five weeks as per the doctors. He informs his children and grandchildren who stay in the US and Australia. While his children find excuses not to visit him, his grandchild Sai (Sai Dharam Tej), comes to India to take care of his grandfather. How they together teach each other the real value of life forms the rest of Prati Roju Pandaage.

What Works:

The subtle message of treating your elderly parents with compassion and respect, with an added dose of entertainment, makes Prati Roju Pandaage a celebration of bonding and life. As showcased in the trailer, Prati Roju Pandaage has everything we’d expected and it clearly meets the standards of a good movie. For Sai Dharam Tej, this is indeed one of his best performances and his second innings seem to be promising. If not for Sathyaraj, there would have been a clear vacuum when it comes to the grandfather’s role. He has stolen the show with his pragmatic performance and is probably his best since Baahubali. Raasi Khanna paired up well opposite Sai Dharam Tej and their chemistry stood out. Rao Ramesh was Murali Sharma, Satyam Rajesh and Hari Teja are the picks among the supporting cast.

Maruthi shines bright yet again and manages to turn Prati Roju Pandaage into a commercial entertainer with a moving message. Known to tell the story in a convincing way without any boring elements, Prati Roju Pandaage is yet another well-made film. If it weren’t for Thaman, the emotions wouldn’t have touched the right chord. The music album and background score stand tall with the emotional narrative of Prati Roju Pandaage. Jayakumar’s visuals are superb and every frame has a sense of feeling to it. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao’s editing makes the film crisp and tight. As usual, UV Creations and GA 2 Pictures have ensured that the grandeur is never compromised for a medium budget flick.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Barring a few lags in the latter half, there is nothing much that could have been better.

Why You Should Watch:

Maruthi’s Prati Roju Pandaage is the right mix of entertainment, emotions and family drama in equal doses. A fantastic first half and a twist in the climax will surprise the viewers and they will come out of theatres with a heavy heart. It’s definitely a must-watch flick for this weekend.