It's hard to believe that even a seasoned director like Vamsi, who's always made offbeat classics like Ladies Tailor and April 1 Vidudala, can lose all his touch and make movies as totally lacking in innovation as Nayakudu. But Vamsi did not make this movie, so it will be unfair to randomly drag in him and bitch about him. This movie was in fact made by Kodi Ramakrishna. Kodi Ramakrishna is the same guy who made the previous movie by him. We told him then to stop, but maybe he didn't read our review
. Nobody reads our reviews - sometimes even Google doesn't crawl them. That's why movies turn out like this.
Anyway, Nayakudu is the story of Rajagopalam (Rajasekhar), a kinda decent Andhra guy who is going to Dubai in a lorry. You're wondering which travel agent he approached, when the lorry suddenly gets roadjacked. Well, not exactly roadjacked, but it transpires that the lorry is carrying illicit spirit – you know, the stuff that you drink if you're kinda allergic to water – and the cops are out to bust the asses of the driver and Rajagopalam.
Rajagopalam risks his life to save the driver Razzaq (Nassar), but the cops put both their names in the rowdysheeters' register. Furious, Rajagopalam decides to convert into a rowdysheeter anyway. You're thanking your stars the cops didn't put his name in the women's list by mistake, but before you can be too happy, you notice that the heroine of this film is big enough to be a man anyway. Namita hasn't been seen in Telugu films for a while now, and she seems to have rested well.
Anyway, Rajagopalam turns into a major illicit spirit kingpin, and makes enough money each month to send home so his mother can pay the house rent and the college fees of his brother and sister. It must be true, what they say about crime not paying.
One day Rajagopalam is thrown into jail when he owns up to 2 murders he did not commit. If you are wondering why, well, that's what usually happens if you go and own up to murders you did not commit. So don't try it next time just because you get a chance. Anyway, Rajagopalam is in jail for nearly 5 years, and in the meantime the empire he built is ruined by the villains.
When he gets out, he decides that he has to rebuild it again, since his mother doesn't have money to pay the rent again. And since even rents are going up, thanks to the RBI's aggressive monetary stance stoking inflationary pressures due to enhanced liquidity in a consumerist cycle that is already seeing irrationally exuberant patterns in retail spending, he decides that this time he'll be a national illicit spirit kingpin.
However, the spanner in the works is thrown by his brother (Riaz Khan), who becomes an SI and takes up his case. You know, this is a serious problem that we at fullhyd.com have – why does this kind of thing happen only in the movies? Nobody we know has his brother as an SI who is investigating his own case. In fact, nobody we know has a brother who is an SI. Heck, come to think of it, nobody we know has a brother!
Anyway, like with all movies, this one also comes to an end, since otherwise it's a serious violation of several laws. In between there are some songs in which you get to see some navel show and lots of flesh – both by Namita, just in case your mind is wandering. Namita's capability to show lots of flesh is enhanced by the fact that there's much more of her now.
Dr. Rajasekhar is, of course, a seasoned and brilliant actor, and it's a pity better roles do not come his way. Kodi Ramakrishna and he had a great movie once in Ankusam, but Kodi Ramakrishna refuses to think out of the box and change with the times.
The film has some mass dialogues and elements, and is totally for B and C centers. It is not likely to fare well there either. Wait for this to hit the small screen, and miss it then.