Raja Raja Chora
Story: Bhaskar is a petty thief who steals to make ends meet. What happens if he decides to carry out his next robbery on the advice of a mother figure?
Review: Hasith Goli makes a strong debut with Raja Raja Chora, using it as a story of redemption rather than a vehicle to display heroism. After a long time in Tollywood, every action has repercussions - even if they cause agony to the major actors. Furthermore, the manner the story is narrated, which is almost like something out of a desi comic book, adds to the intrigue.
Bhaskar (Sree Vishnu) appears to be devoid of any moral compass. He works at a Xerox business in the mornings when he enjoys dozing off and stealing cash. He also moonlights as a robber in the nights, stealing from the wealthy and stashing his loot in a junkyard. Despite having a typical family life, he desires more from life and is prepared to lie, cheat, and slime his way to it. Despite having the kind of family life that many would envy, he desires more from life and is unabashedly prepared to lie, cheat, and slime his way to it. He dons a disguise for his next robbery at the recommendation of a mother-figure Anjamma (Gangavva), whose predictions have the ability to affect people's life. And, as Anjamma prophesied, it does affect his life, but not in the way he expected.
Raja Raja Chora also features a diverse cast of individuals who influence Bhaskar's life. Sanjana (Meghana), a software professional with secrets of her own, and Vidya (Simran), a young mother who is studying law in order to be independent from the men in her life. William Reddy (Ravi Babu) is a SI on the lookout for the ideal pawn in his game: a childhood friend (Vasu Inturi) and a doctor (Srikanth Iyengar) who wants to make it big in real estate rather than serve patients. Then there's the priest (Tanikella Bharani), who is telling worshippers the Valmiki tale, and the Xerox shop owner (Ajay Ghosh), who is performing his own penance.
When it comes to the way Hasith's debut film is written and spoken, it has a lot to offer. Rather than resorting to slapstick humor, he sticks to the plot and does a fantastic job of depicting Bhaskar's transformation from an obstinate man to one who accepts responsibility for his misdeeds. It's not only him; Sanjana and Vidya have their own character journeys that reveal more about who they are. The film unfolds like a modern-day folktale, with a lesson to be learned at the conclusion, as is customary with such tales.
On paper, the film's cast of characters appears to be excessive, yet at the conclusion, the majority of them have something to do with the plot. Only Srikanth Iyengar's role feels out of place, adding little to the tale yet being as trustworthy as ever. Sree Vishnu and Megha bring their characters to life, but Simrann makes it look so easy. Ravi Babu's persona adds to the oddity of the plot, in which most of the characters are never as harmless as they appear.
Vivek Sagar's music merits special recognition for its contribution to the success of this story. While Hasith's story is intriguing, the length of the film does not appear to be warranted. However, for some who are accustomed to the fast-paced cinema, his decision to slow things down and give Bhaskar's character space to breathe and come into his own may not sit well with them. The first half of the story is hilarious, and the second half, while slow at times, does its best to keep you interested in the plot.
Is Raja Raja Chora the most fantastical story ever? Probably not, but it does turn out to be the enjoyable journey that it promises to be! If you enjoy lighthearted stories that don't take themselves too seriously, this is the book for you.
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