Ramarao On Duty Review: Poor Storyline Hurts Plot

Film: Ramarao on duty
Rating: 2/5
Cast: Ravi Teja, Divyansha Kaushik, Rajisha Vijayan, Venu Thottempudi
Director: Sarath Mandava
Produced by: SLV Cinemas & RT Teamworks
Release date: July 29, 2022

After the Khiladi debacle, Ravi Teja decided to shift his focus from regular commercial artists to content-driven movies. Ramarao On Duty is one of those movies that deals with an interesting plot and the investigation surrounding it. Both Ravi Teja and director Sarath Mandava expressed their confidence in the project. But, can their confidence translate into success? Let’s check

Story: B. Ramarao (Ravi Teja) is a sincere and dynamic under-collector who takes all necessary measures to ensure justice. While on duty, he stumbles upon horrific murders that lead to revelations about a large mafia of red sanders. How he uncovers the mystery and brings the perpetrators to justice, that’s what it’s all about

Performances: Ravi Teja looks sharp as assistant collector and has plenty of “mass” moments in the film. However, the role made him suppress his usual energetic side, which is a downside for the film. Subtlety does not match the “Mass Maharaja” and you would often find yourself adrift. Venu Thottempudi has an important role as CI Jammi Murali and he plays a crucial role in the investigation. But her character is poorly written and you hope there was more depth to her role. Nandini (Divyansha Kaushik and Deepa (Rajisha Vijayan) have limited roles and no room to play and there are no particular takeaways from their roles.

Analysis: Sarath Mandava also wrote the screenplay and the dialogues and dialogues often seem out of sync. The first half is full of filler scenes and it’s not until the pre-interval that the film kicks off the investigation part. The delay in context and the lack of interesting scenes in the first half create a disconnect with the film. The second half is relatively better but is not engaging enough and the twists and turns are quite expected. The characters are poorly written and their motivations are not well established leading to disconnect.

Good points :

Negative points :

  • Predictability
  • First half
  • songs
  • Low scenario

Verdict: A shorter runtime with fewer songs and abrupt interruptions would have made the film more enjoyable. The director’s decision to combine an investigative thriller with commercial cinema goes terribly wrong. Alas, Tollywood’s bad streak continues this week as well.

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