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Swamy Ra Ra
Ravi Kandala / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Being "inspired" is a good thing. Being inspired and acting upon it is better. Being inspired, acting upon it and crediting your inspiration is the best. Suresh Varma, the director of Swamy Ra Ra, openly claims he lifts from every movie he likes, and lists two other people who do it - Ramgopal Varma and Quentin Tarantino.

Swamy Ra Ra draws heavily from Delhi Belly and Kshana Kshanam, and has action and shots inspired from all Tarantino movies. The result is a slick product that has a run time of little over two hours, thanks largely to a few hundred slo-mo shots that the director includes.

The film's plot is about an idol that is stolen from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kerala. The idol changes several hands, and perchance lands in the hands of Surya (Nikhil), a small-time pickpocket, and his cohorts.

Surya and his gang sell it off to Salarjung Shankar (Jeeva) for a paltry sum. A criminal, Durga Prasad (Ravi Babu), is also after the idol.

Durga Prasad kidnaps Swathi, and Surya is now forced to retrieve the idol, which that has passed into the hands of a couple of Nigerians. This plot and a few other crazy subplots constitute the story of Swamy Ra Ra.

As confusing as it sounds, Swamy Ra Ra is narrated with utmost clarity. The film has several subplots, all of which are brought to a good conclusion. The screenplay is tightly knit, and the story is interestingly narrated. The way the film takes off with a seemingly unrelated incident that is then cleverly woven into the film at a crucial time shows that the director knew what he was doing and was in complete command of the script he wrote.

The film is well-shot, and the Hyderabad that all of us know is shown wonderfully - from the crowded by-lanes of the Old City to the multi-storied edifices of the Financial District, the city provides a great backdrop.

The songs and background score by Sunny MR have a new ring to them. The songs also play out nicely in the background and help take the story forward leaving us with little to complain.

Nikhil goes for a makeover, and moves away from the loud mass characters that he has had little success with since Happy Days. He does well in a subdued character. He does look too sophisticated to be a pickpocket, but the director probably wanted to convey the fact that pickpockets need not look any different from the rest of us.

Swathi is, well, Swathi. She does little different from what she has done earlier. Ravi Babu, Jeeva and the other supporting cast, including Pooja Ramachandran, Chanti and the Jogi brothers are all good fun.

The only flaws of the film are its slightly leisurely pacing that makes the two hours seem much longer, and the director's pre-occupation with style, which contributes to a few scenes being stretched beyond belief. The beautiful chase sequence from Bejoy Nambiar's Shaitan is copied in the film, but it is not set against an eternal classic like Khoya Khoya Chand, and just passes muster.

Swamy Ra Ra is a decent one-time watch for its fresh approach to an inspired story, some cool visuals and a peppy score. So, if you are done seeing the original Tarantino flick, give this inspired piece of cinema a chance.
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Swamy Ra Ra (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Nikhil, Swathi, Pooja, Ravi Babu, Jeeva, Ravi Varma, Praveen, Jogi Brothers, Bhanu, Sathya, Tillu
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    Sunny
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    Sudheer K Varma
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Vamshi on 12th Apr 2013, 1:24pm | Permalink
If the reviewers give "Baadshah" a 7 and this movie a 6, it is utter nonsense. This movie truly deserves much much better rating. I would go a solid 8 out of 10. Grow up guys.
mahesh on 31st Mar 2013, 1:00pm | Permalink
'Swamy raa raa'...a well made entertainer in the lines of kshana kshanam n anaganaga oka roju...extensive use of slow motion shots n stylized depiction of scenes n retro-pop type of background score(heavily influenced by quentin tarantino style of making), made the movie a thrilling experience...a neo noir telugu film...must watch....??
RATING
7
Venkat on 29th Mar 2013, 8:29am | Permalink
When you say script, music, visuals are good then why give only 6 for each of them? It definitely is worth more than that.
Hari on 27th Mar 2013, 12:52am | Permalink
Loved it!!! Subtle references to KshanaKshanam and lots of ideas from Delhi Belly but also many original thoughts and good writing at some places. Refreshing film in telugu after quite a while.
Music rocked. Started listening to songs after watching and on continuous loop now.
RATING
8
Saradhi on 26th Mar 2013, 10:43pm | Permalink
Very nice movie. Excellent team work by the technicians. Although some mistakes here and there. Doesn't matter.
rahul on 25th Mar 2013, 6:25pm | Permalink
waste of money
vara on 24th Mar 2013, 7:54pm | Permalink
No nonsence movie, One time watch
RATING
6
Gautham on 24th Mar 2013, 8:07am | Permalink
Cinema nice...watch it
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