Sai Tej revived his falling career with Chitralahari, an above average grosser. He pinned many hopes to score the much needed hit with PRP. Director Maruthi, on the other hand is also in desperate need of a hit. Will this combo deliver a hit as the film is carrying decent buzz with its wholesome family entertainer mark as promoted in trailer and teaser?
Sai (Saitej) wants to celebrate last days of his grandfather Raghavaiah (Sathyaraj) making every day a festival. He forces all the family members aka Raghavaiah’s sons, daughters leaving in other countries and within India to join grandpa in Rajahmundry to take part in the last celebrations. Nobody feels it as a responsibility and eagerly wait for the demise of Raghavaiah. On the other hand, Sai fulfills all the wishes of Raghavaiah and even accepts to marry the girl (Rashi Khanna) of his choice. Will Sai bring the much needed change in the thinking of his elders?
Absolutely, the core point of ‘celebration of death’ is good and has good emotional connection to move audience of all sections. But, the problem was with the way it is narrated with over the top treatment. A very good concept is diluted with half-baked and hard to believe screenplay. In the name of comedy, director Maruthi took enough liberty and spoiled the story telling flow blending unrealistic drama. Characters that given large scope initially became passive because of poor writing. Sai Tej and Sathyaraj’s bonding is the main driving force of the film. But, these two characters are less focused and Rao Ramesh gains extra scope for his sarcastic dialogues and deviating fun. Situations are forcibly created to give an emotional touch in the climax. However, few dialogues are thought-provoking. In all, PRP is blend of decent films like Shatamanam Bhavati, Srinivasa Kalyanam and many more understood, presented in Maruthi format.
Cinematographer Jayakumar with his blocks made all the difference wherein S Thaman’s background score uplifted the emotional sequences. However, Thaman comes up with a mediocre album except Baava, Thakita songs. Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao has lot to scrap in second half. Production values of UV Creations and GA2 Pictures are high in standard.
Onto performances, Sai Tej comes up with a matured performance. He must be appreciated for accepting to give more scope on Rao Ramesh and Sathyaraj roles. He is impressive with dances and underwent physical makeover for unnecessary pre-climax action episode. The chemistry he shared with Rao Ramesha and Sathyaraj stood the USP. Raashi Khanna looked cute but was not convincing and just for glam sake. Sathyaraj has fit the bill aptly. He makes us fall in love with his character as we find the traits of our ‘Thathayya’. Rao Ramesh, however steals the show with his comic timing. With over the board performance in forced emotional scenes in second half, he later killed the interest. Vijaykumar was cool in brief role. Murali Sharma makes an impact in a short role. Bhadram was funny. Ajay and Satyam Rajesh’s sync comedy won’t give any relief. Hari Teja is good.
Sai Tej. Sathya Raj, Rao Ramesh
Few Comedy Scenes
PRP stood partially up to the mark of being called as a family entertainer. Yes, the basic premise and core point about grown up children living busily in different parts of world struggling with their professions should take care about their old parents is very nice. Nonetheless, a better treatment with sensible emotions would have brought authenticity. The dual pronged strategy of Maruthi concentrating on grandpa-grandson affections Vs father-son emotional responsibility went unbalanced at times.
First half begins on emotional note with Sai Tej traveling all the way to Rajahmundry from USA to make his ailing grandpa’s last days a celebration. The way Maruthi weaved episodes like Sathya Raj meeting Prabha inspired from Shatamanam Bhavathi, 96 or action dealing of Sai Tej with Ajay, Sathyam inspired from Athadu are acceptable. Comic quotient goes high with entry of Rao Ramesh as elder son to Sathya Raj. Meanwhile, Sai Tej’s romance with Tik Tok Angel Arna aka Rashi Khanna is below par. In between, songs spilled some magic in picturization. Then, sons Rao Ramesh, Srikanth Iyengar’s anxiety to see his father dead generated comedy instead of sympathy on Sathya Raj character. Interval episode is fine with RIP.
Second half is where the problem began with Maruthi. In the name of cinematic liberty, lot of Athi is done like preparing the funeral menu, Anthima Yatra vehicle and then the same sons, daughter fighting on property division is silly. All these episodes, alone Rao Ramesh is visible while Sathya Raj, Sai Tej goes into shadow. Songs come as speed breakers. Murali Sharma’s entry pushes films to pre climax mode followed by a fight. Then climax tries to re-assemble the lost drama and sentiment which is where Maruthi succeeded to an extent to deliver a sermon.
All in all, PRP is worth one time watch if you love Shatamanam kind of films. This is a typical Maruthi film with good dose of comedy and touching emotions here and there balanced well by Sai Tej, Sathya Raj and Ro Ramesh. CJ goes with 2.5 stars and BO wise, the film may have its stand for a while.