Movie Review :
‘Rudramadevi’ has both bright and insipid elements going for it. If there is a scene where Rudramadevi, a strong-minded woman posing as a male, under the spell of a sudden burst of feminine self-consciousness, breaks into a gracious dance along with some other sprightly women in festive mood, there is a battle scene where some four characters on the losing side talk to each other like undramatic characters of a street play (well, they even seem to be watching the fate of their onscreen clones in a war, now separated by many years).
Megastar Chiranjeevi’s voice-over is a welcome change, it elevates the tempo for a while, afterwards we struggle to register it.
Gunashekar’s dream project is not without its spectacular moments. But the accomplishment lies in its occasionally good writing, whereas the uneven execution is unsettling at best. The screenplay is tightly written at times, so much so even Anushka’s two variations are striking without as much as a change in the mood of the proceedings. Allu Arjun bursts on the scene in quirky style; he, with his aggressive attitude and playful recklessness, matches the intensity of fiery Anushka, nevertheless. On the flip side, Gona Ganna Reddy has better lines, spoken in authentic Telangana ‘yasa’, whereas Rudrama Devi is innocent of a mind-blowing line worth a mention.
A historical, the writer-director-producer seeks at the outset the offended audience’s pardon for taking creative liberties. However, the problem may not be with the creative liberties; it is mostly with inconsistencies in the creativity.