Behind the Movie Swamy Rara: Young and Energetic talents of Nikhil (Happy Days fame) and Swathi (Colors fame) came together for this movie directed by debutant Sudheer Varma. With good promotions and exciting content, let us see how far 'Swamy Rara' succeeded in inviting/pulling audience to theatres?
In the Movie Swamy Rara: Story begins with Jogi Brothers on Supari to kill a businessman. Post the title cards, scene shifts to Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram where one of the antique idols of Lord Ganesha is stolen and transported to Andhra Pradesh. Valuing nearly Rs.10 Crores, the idol starts shifting hands from a small seller to smuggling don (Jeeva). However, through the hands of pickpocketer batch of Surya (Nikhil, Pooja and one more guy). In the process, Surya meets Journalist Swathi (Colors Swathi) around whom the entire sequences of antique exchange goes on. There is also a goon Durga Prasad (Ravi Babu), a Nigerian batch and local teams trying to get hold of the same idol. What happened next is to be seen on the screen. Nara Rohit's voice-over is good.
Values of the Movie Swamy Rara: This film falls into stylishly picturised Crime-Thriller genre with cliche but neat screenplay. As usual, the major problem with this genre is run-time. With nearly 2+ hours of narration, director Sudheer Varma unnecessarily pulled the length of many scenes. When content is so thin and simple, it is screenplay and writing department which have to keep audience on edge of their seats. Such thing rarely happened in 'Swamy Rara.' However, it is the sleek and top notch camera work of Richard Prasad keeps on supplying the oxygen while SR Sekhar's editing should have been sharper to create a strong impact. Music by Sunny was good for a couple of songs but background wise cacophonic. Production values of Chakri Chigurupati are moderate.
On performance front, Nikhil well controled his energies to give an authentic look as pick-pocketer and even looked handosme. Swathi's role is cool while Pooja is red hot with seductive eyes. Of the remaining Ravi Babu, Jeeva and Praveen were normal.
Out of the Movie Swamy Rara: Into the current trend of new directors, shoe-string budgets and tight screenplay is the call. Sudheer Varma has found too many inspirations right from the very opening shot. He copied more than a dozen of already seen Telugu and Hindi films inclusive of 'Gangs of Wasseypur' from Anurag Kashyap till the shot making styles of Chandrasekhar Yeleti and RGV. Well, rehashing the same is not a sin but deliberately making them run on slow motion with louder background is a definite demerit for 'Swamy Rara.'
As a technician, Sudheer Varma's hold on each and every department of film making is pretty much evident because of the quality work presented in a small budget with economical starcast. He kept the enire team on run. But, missed on crispiness and thrills, frills thus diluting overall flavor. A movie which has a hard to see run-time of one and half hour is dragged for 2+ hours. This is the area where patrons feel of losing anxiety. In overall, both first and second halves are equally scoring. Commercially, as the venture is closed in a small budget...there are chances of makers already running into a safe table profit zone. Coming to patronage, public in metros and fewer in B centers might enjoy it one time.
Cinejosh Verdict of the Movie Swamy Rara: Glossy Finishing for Drowsy Content.
Cinejosh Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed by Srivaas