Verdict: Sharwanand shines in this routine, formulaic flick.
The Telugu film Radha, starring Sharwanand and Lavanya Tripati in the lead roles is directed by debutante Chandra Mohan Chintada and produced by B.V.S.N. Prasad under Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra banner. Since this comes after Sharwanand’s biggest blockbuster to date – Shathamanam Bhavati – there is a decent hype surrounding this flick. Also, this is the first time that Lavanya Tripati is paired with Sharwanand and also it is the first time that Sharwanand is donning the role of a cop in a full-length role. Let’s see what is in store for the viewer.
S. Radha Krishna (Sharwanand) is a sub-inspector of police and is placed for duty in the Warangal district. He meets Radha (Lavanya Tripati) and falls in love with her. Later he is transferred to Dhoolpet in Hyderabad. Sujatha (Ravi Kishen) is a minister in people’s party and is being recognized as the most loyal person. He is appointed as the CM candidate for the next election by its party head (Kota Srinivasa Rao). During a public meeting delivered by Sujatha, a bomb blast occurs and Radha Krishna loses most of his fellow colleagues. Then begins an intense story of righting all the wrongs.
Sharwanand is full of energy in the role of a powerful and entertaining cop. He suits the character to the tee. Lavanya Tripati is glamorous as his lady love and their pair looks good. Ravi Kishen plays an important role and has occupied most of the screen space. He did an excellent job, we must say. Kota Srinivasa Rao is seen after a long gap and looks great as the part head. Ashish Vidyarthi is apt in his role as the home minister. Sapthagiri stole the show as a constable. His Nana ki Prematho scoop in the later half brought much-needed laughter among the viewers. Shakalaka Shankar and Brahmaji were good as fellow constables.
This is a decent debut for Chandra Mohan as a story writer and director. There is scope for improvement in the screenplay. It looked routine and formulaic. He has to be commended for the dialogues that relate to Lord Krishna and his teachings. Karthik Ghattamaneni’s cinematography is good and all the visuals look great. Radhan’s music is filled with melodies and mass songs. His background score is good but nothing new. Madhu’s editing is crisp and a two-hour runtime (approximately) is an added advantage.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
You should watch this movie for the attempt and effort by Sharwanand and if you don’t mind watching an entertainer that is tried-and-tested and formulaic, then this one is for you.
– By Ajay Mudunuri