Teja after delivering a breakthrough hit Nene Raju Nene Mantri is coming up with Sita starring Kajal Agarwal and Bellamkonda Srinivas in lead roles. Will this film based on modern day Ramayana appeal our audience?
Story revolves around three characters- Sita (Kajal), a selfish and ambitious business woman who goes any length to achieve goals, Raghu Ram (Sai Srinivas) is honest, innocent and caring about his maradalu Sita while the last one is Basava Raju (Sonu Sood), a modern day Ravana willing to have bed love with Sita. How Rama protects Sita from Basava forms crux of the story.
Ramayana and Mahabharata are major inspirations for all successful films made worldwide. Likewise, director Teja took inspiration from Ramayana to make Sita. Rendering his touch, Teja modernized story and characters. While Sita in Ramayana was a submissive woman, stands by her husband in all situations, our Sita is a woman of today, ambitious and unscared to live life on her terms. While Rama was the strongest in Ramayana, our Rama has childish attributes. And Ravana is no different from the epic Ramayana. In fact, the Ravana character designed by Teja and team is best out of the three main. While Sita character is no way connected to the goddess Sita, the Rama character is inspired by Kamal Haasan’s character in Swathi Muthyam. There’s no crime in modernizing Ramayana cautiously, had the narration was engaging. But, Teja with sluggish, predictable and boring narration killed the interest. Dialogues by Lakshmi Bhupal are funny, while cinematography is neat. Songs are just okay and background score is also fine. Editor should have chopped many unnecessary scenes in 2nd half. Production values of AK Entertainments are good.
Onto artists, Kajal Agarwal is acceptable in designer outfits and oozed oomph. On the performance front, she did her role quite efficiently. Bellamkonda Srinivas’s role reminds us of Kamal’s in Swathi Muthyam. The young hero, however has come up with good performance. His body language and mannerisms bring freshness to character. Sonu Sood is regular as main villain. With atypical acts brings laughs here and there. Tanikella Bharani too offers comic relief. Bhagyaraja and Kota Srinivasa Rao were wasted for not so important roles. Mannara Chopra was glamorous and Payal Rajput sizzled in a special song.
Bellamkonda Srinivas Character
Dialogues On Sonu Sood
Few Scenes In First Half
Lack Of Freshness
Director Teja doesn’t stick to one particular genre. He in the long career has come up with different films. However, comedy is his forte irrespective of genre. Likewise, he took inspiration from Ramayana and tried to make Sita a wholesome entertainer. The premise indeed was interesting with upgrading of characters, especially the title character of Sita. Nonetheless, due to lack of novelty, the end product is in and routine.
The first portions of film shed light on hero’s character and circumstances which led him to live with Buddha Monks during childhood in a distant place. Cut to present, Sita is introduced in style as a ruthless woman. Meanwhile, lustful Basava Raju makes all efforts to convince Sita to fulfill his desire which she refuses. Then she goes all the way to Bhutan for Ram on a purpose. Ram’s acts as a childlike bring relief. The interval doesn’t feel like a bang with no big twist.
Latter part begins on slow note with repeated set-up of Basava Raju’s men giving troubles to Sita and Ram saving her. The police station and courtroom episode lifts up hero’s character. Except for these, the second half offers no much relief. Moreover, the extended climax literally tests our patience.
All in all, Sita is not the film we are waiting from Teja whose last movie Nene Raju Nene Mantri was a super hit. Srinivas’s character, Kajal’s glamour and dialogues on Sonu Sood are the only positives in the film. CJ goes with 2.25 rating and it is not the choice in summer holidays. Box office wise, the film may not please any section of audience.