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Rudhramadevi
Ravi Kandala / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
4.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
6.5
4.0
5.0
5.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Consider this scenario - an entire kingdom is praying for a male child to be born to the king. A girl is instead born, and the king and the minister decide to conceal this fact from the general populace. They announce that a boy was indeed born, and bring up the child in a forest training camp as a boy for 14 years. Once the prince/princess returns, it does not take long for her to realise that she's a she and not a he.

How momentous should that discovery be? In Rudrama Devi, it is passed off in a jiffy. The princess decides that she will continue acting as a prince until the Kakatiya dynasty's supremacy is established, and that's that.

A few years later, the princess gets "married" to another princess, and a few scenes later the secret is revealed. How momentous should that discovery be? This, too, is passed off with barely any emotion.

A few scenes later, it is announced in the full royal court that the "prince" that the kingdom has revered so far is in fact a princess, and except for people standing up and murmuring agitatedly, the scene barely registers.

And when the princess is to be anointed queen, the general public revolt and say that they do not want a woman as their ruler. The princess remains seated in her throne while the minister speaks for a good five minutes. Even when it is her turn to talk, there is no rousing speech.

You are there sitting for the momentous reveals in all these situations, and you are left cold. You see that the director is concentrating more on his sets and his visualization rather than letting the emotions take over.

That, dear readers, is the tragedy of Rudrama Devi, the latest big budget production from Tollywood.

The movie does have a decent story to tell. It is that of a beautiful young woman (Anushka) who decides she will pretend to be a man all her life for the sake of her people. It is the story of a queen who is shunned by her own people just before she takes the throne. It is the story of a queen who has to work towards the welfare of her people while tackling enemies from inside and outside. It is the story of a queen who brought the warring Telugu clans together and inspired the loyalty of powerful people like Gona Ganna Reddy (Allu Arjun) and Chalukya Veera Bhadra (Rana Daggubati). Sadly, Gunasekhar does not spend too much time on any of these stories.

The film chooses to focus instead on the trivial snippets of the history and brushes away the important parts in a voiceover. And it decides to invest in sets rather than in character-building. Gunasekhar erects four sets - a palace hall, a stadium, a village square and a jungle - and shoots the entire movie in these. He dreams up big war sequences, and uses CGI to show impregnable fortresses with imposing walls, but utterly fails to interest you in the fate of any of the characters. The proceedings feel dragged, and the highs in the narration never come.

Anushka and Allu Arjun put in stellar performances, and keep the film from sinking altogether. Allu Arjun modifies his diction and brings some positive energy to the film's lax proceedings, and injects some humor into the proceedings. Anushka manages yet another difficult role, but there is no denying a sense of déjà vu. Rana speaks like he would in 2015 rather than centuries back - there is absolutely no modulation. His role is not significant, either. The person who speaks the most in the film is actually Prakash Raj. The other seniors do their bit, but the parts are hardly significant.

The music is not upto Ilayaraja standards, and the songs also break the flow - whatever little there flow is in the first place (thank God they decided to cut out the hideous item song with Baba Sehgal and Hamsa Nandini). All the money seems to have been spent on the CGI - like we mentioned there are exactly four sets in which the entire movie is set. And the graphics, in case you've missed the trailers, add seriously to the film's woes.

Rudrama Devi gets an A+ for intent but a B- for execution. As much as we'd have loved to tell you to go watch it and support Gunasekhar's passionate project, we'd be lying if we said you wouldn't be disappointed.
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Ashwin Pingali on 9th Oct 2015, 11:43pm | Permalink
I cant believe you have been so soft on this review......this is one of the most atrocious movies I've ever seen.....and a rating of 4 is absolutely no justice to how bad this movie is............Sampoornesh movies were more realistic than this crap............ So let me try and add my 2 cents to this review.....Those of you who have not seen the movie....imagine playing Age of Empires - 2 on a big screen with a FIFA 97 crowd cheering your every move........that is the quality of graphics in this movie......it is so incoherent and broken that it makes me wonder how sloshed the editing team must have been when they passed it..........About the actors........imaging a group of actors who did not pass the first screen test of Bahubali and thats who the cast is (there are exceptions of course).....Krishnamraju in particular looks so demotivated that in some scenes you can literally hear him say...."Screw this".....I am too old for this shit............Overall very disappointed with the movie....they have managed to do what Aamir Khan did to Mangal Pandey.....ruin an awesome story line for generations
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Booyakasha on 14th Oct 2015, 9:26am | Permalink
Rudrama Devi has a decent story line and could've been much better than the final product served to the public. I thought there were just too many characters and the film drifted all over the place. Anushka and Allu Arjun were outstanding with the latter once again showcasing that he's one of the few big league actors who can actually "act". The sword fights and battle scenes could've been epic but ended up being sorely disappointing. A 1 time watch which (story wise) had far more potential than Baahubali.
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6
Ashwin Pingali on 9th Oct 2015, 11:43pm | Permalink
I cant believe you have been so soft on this review......this is one of the most atrocious movies I've ever seen.....and a rating of 4 is absolutely no justice to how bad this movie is............Sampoornesh movies were more realistic than this crap............ So let me try and add my 2 cents to this review.....Those of you who have not seen the movie....imagine playing Age of Empires - 2 on a big screen with a FIFA 97 crowd cheering your every move........that is the quality of graphics in this movie......it is so incoherent and broken that it makes me wonder how sloshed the editing team must have been when they passed it..........About the actors........imaging a group of actors who did not pass the first screen test of Bahubali and thats who the cast is (there are exceptions of course).....Krishnamraju in particular looks so demotivated that in some scenes you can literally hear him say...."Screw this".....I am too old for this shit............Overall very disappointed with the movie....they have managed to do what Aamir Khan did to Mangal Pandey.....ruin an awesome story line for generations
raj on 9th Oct 2015, 9:55pm | Permalink
I liked the movie.. Simple n elegant
RATING
7
Mondi manishi on 9th Oct 2015, 8:39pm | Permalink
Now with Bahubali, we are going to see more of this crap in future like we were bored to death with Venkatesh family dramas for a decade starting with Kalisundam Ra in 1990.....
Madhu on 9th Oct 2015, 9:09pm | Permalink
Your point would have been correct, if not for the fact that this Movie started shooting much before Bahubali was released .
mahatma on 12th Oct 2015, 9:21am | Permalink
It is still correct if you are wise enough to replace "now with bahubali“ with "now with Rudramadevi“
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