Verdict: An excellent addition to the devotional cinema genre
Om Namo Venkatesaya is a biography of Baba Hadiram, one of the greatest devotees of Lord Venkateswara Swami. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, the role of Baba Hadiram is enacted by Akkineni Nagarjuna. The expectations from this movie have been decent as it comes with the super hit combination – Raghavendra Rao and Nagarjuna – of devotional cinema that earlier gave Annamayya, Sri Ramadasu and Shirdi Sai.
Baba Hadiram (Nagarjuna) is a great devotee of Lord Balaji right from his childhood. His only mission is to get the divine darshan of the Lord. After several years of divine meditation, he finally succeeds. What changes did he make to the sacred place of Tirumala for the welfare of the people? What made Lord Balaji meet his devotee? What games did they play? To know all these, catch this movie at a theatre near you.
Akkineni Nagarjuna plays the role of Baba Hadiram with ease. We have already seen him as Annamayya and he yet again creates magic with Om Namo Venkatesaya. Little wonder Raghavendra Rao once said in an interview that he would have not directed this flick if Nagarjuna doesn’t act. You can’t imagine anyone else but Nagarjuna who could pull off this role. Another actor who does a splendid job is Saurabh Raj Jain, who plays Lord Balaji. He is absolutely fascinating and delivers a riveting performance. Anushka Shetty as Krishnamma has a decent role to perform as a devotee. Pragya Jaiswal is beautiful in the role of a girl who wanted to marry Hadiram but could not. Jagapathi Babu is seen in a cameo. Vimala Raman and Ashmita as Lakshmi Devi and Bhudevi perform well. Rao Ramesh and Raghu Babu shine in their negative roles.
This is a signature K. Raghavendra Rao movie. He has a unique storytelling style and showcases the characters in his very own way. The cinematography by S. Gopal Reddy is top-notch as is the music by M. M. Keeravani. The production values are grand and one must appreciate Mahesh Reddy for having the guts to make devotional movies. The story and dialogues by J. K. Bharavi need a special mention.
Why You Should Watch This Movie
In the midst of commercial cinema, comes a neat devotional flick that is a fine family watch.You will almost feel like you are in a religious setting while watching this movie. A must watch for devotional movie fans.
— By Ajay Mudunuri