Express Raja Review - Funny Journey !!
Cast: Sharvanand, Surabhi, Prabhas Srinu, Saptagiri and others
Directed by : Merlapaka Gandhi
Produced by : Vamsi, Pramod
Banner : UV Creations
Music : Praveen
Raja(Sharwanand), a dictionary sales employee who hate dogs was fell in love with the dog lover or animal lover Ammu alias Amulya(Surabhi). At the moment, When Surabhi was keen to unfold her love to Raja, a dog totally turned his life.
What was the connection to Raja’s love story and a dog? How it altered his life? was the main plot of the film.
Sharwanand was good as usual. He appeared a bit uncomfortable in the fight sequences as we haven’t seen him in much of heroic films. But, his varied expressions made some funny moments work.
Surabhi was ok in the female lead role but nothing extra ordinary too. Their scenes were fine. The best part of the film no doubt is Saptagiri. He gets a full length role and did not leave any stone unturned with his impeccable comic timing when given the right lines. He knows that he should strike the iron when it’s hot.
Prabhas Sreenu also gets to share some funny moments. The cast composes of many actors out of which Urvashi in a negative character was noticeable.
Chatrapati’s Supreet also has a role in the film. The movie also has other actors who contributed to the laughs like Brahmaji, Dhanraj , Shakalaka Shankar and many more.
The cinematography of the film is by Karthik Ghattamaneni who handled films like Prema Ishq Kadal and Karthikeya. You can see his mark in this film too. Music by Praveen Lakkaraju however is a letdown for the film. There is not one track that’s appealing. One has to patiently sit through these tracks disturbs the flow which the viewer started enjoying. Another drawback is the wafer-thin story line.
After delivering successfully Run Raja Run with Sharwanand, the production house made Express Raja which is directed by Merlapaka Gandhi who debuted with Venkatadri Express(VE). Like Venkatadri Express, the writer-director have employed similar screenplay for this too. While VE had Hyderabad and Tirupathi as backdrop, here it is Hyderabad-Vizag-Nellore. Like recent Bhale Manchi Roju, the movie has too many incidents interlinked, a chain of events impacting the other to reveal another twist. In the beginning it seems perfectly alright and funny too. But this film has very flimsy storyline, so it seems stretched beyond point.
Express Raja starts off on a breezy manner. The fun factor is there. Some cheerful drama happens in the first half. Peppy songs and cool visuals dot the proceedings. Yet, it leaves unsatisfied as the runtime is too lengthy for this kind of movie and the story goes on even when there is nothing happening further. For example, the track of Urvashi as Sridevi of Vasantha Kokila and Shakalaka Shankar's recording dance troupe comedy are forced ones.
The film has plenty of superficial and illogical scenes too.
Verdict : Refreshing, interesting comedy family entertainer
Rating : 3/5..