Movie Review :
One too many characters make an entry; Krishnam Raju, Prakash Raj, Suman, Krishna Bhagawan and young Rudrama Devi (played by Ulka Gupta of ‘Andhra Pori’ fame), together with many more names of persons and places to remember. At once, young Rudrama Devi turs into Anushka, who in turn metamorphoses into a lioness as imagined by Ganapathi Devudu (Krishnam Raju), her proud father. After great CG assault, she tames the elephant, setting the stage for an invariable comparison with that massive animal from ‘Bahubali’; and you can’t help yourself the experience of watching that animal being tamed by Rana in stages. The treatment of such a scene begins with getting the cinematography right.
The film tells the story of Rudrama Devi’s early life, the dangers faced by the Kakatiya dynasty, the situations arising out of Rudrama Devi’s gender secret. Anushka marrying Nithya Menon is most likely to take the cake; it has such appeal for all. Young Chalukya Veerabhadra talking to young Rudradeva about the erotic beauty of a sculpture, unbeknownst that she is a girl is another such moment. But the film’s moment arrives with Allu Arjun revealing his new side; he continues to make an entry now and then, stealing a march over the ttile character herself, perhaps to the detriment of the film.
The first half is fast paced with interesting interludes offered by Suman and gang; but their pettiness needed some creative dialogue-writing, which is found wanting here. Baba Sehgal is outshined by Suman, surprisingly, who dignifies cheapness with his demeanour. He is surely one under-rated and under-utilized talent. Prakash Raj clearly eclipses Krishnam Raj, not thanklessly, but he should have arrived with an authentic dialect and accent so as to keep the actor Prakash Raj we know at an arm’s length.