Rudhramadevi offers to take you back to the 13th century and let you live in the Kakatiya dynasty. Read the review to know if Gunasekhar has really taken back to the era.
The story takes off with the narration of Italian merchant
traveler Marco polo (Gary Tantony) about the legendary story of
Kakatiya emperor Ganapatidevudu(Krishnam Raju), his dynasty and his
daughter Rudhramadevi (Anushka).
Rudhramadevi is raised as a male to protect the interests of
Kakatiya dynasty and gets married to Mukthamba (Nithya
Hariharadeva (Suman) and Murarideva (Adithya Menen), the cunning
cousins of Ganapatideva plans to dethrone Ganapatidevudu while
Mahadeva Nayakudu (Vikramjeet Virk), the arch rival of Kakatiya
dynasty waits for a chance to go on a war.
On the other hand, Gona Ganna Reddy (Allu Arjun), a bandit in the Kakatiya
kingdom turns against Kakatiya rulers and fights for the poorer
sections of the kingdom. How did Rudhramadevi face all these
problems of Kakatiya dynasty with her prowess forms the rest of the
Though Anushka is supposed to be the lead, Allu Arjun steals the
show with his limited screen time. He worked to perfection on his
look, diction and slang. For the coming years, you cannot take out
the image of Anushka when you think about Rudhramadevi. She
appeared as a perfect blend of royalty and vulnerability of a
woman. Rana was just out of place though he tried to do justice to
what he has been given.
Nithya Menen, Krishnam Raju, Prakash Raj supported the film well
while Suman and other seasoned actors felt wasted.
Analysis & Technical Aspects:
Rudhramadevi is expected to be a technically rich film
but unfortunately, it has come out as a half baked project
considering its budget limitations. What ever the reasons might be,
everything about it is mediocre. Poor CG work stops you at the
doors of Kakatiya kingdom and rejects you to travel along.
Songs were just speed breaks while the artificial
characterizations were mere bouncers. Illaiyaraaja's back ground
music did not create any impact in the most important sequences,
which has largely affected the film.
Thota Tharani's art work represents the rich architecture of
Kakatiya's and the costumes by Neeta lulla added that rich feel to
the film. Cinematography fell short of proficiency and can say 3D
work killed the whole experience of movie watching while it is
supposed to enhance further. Action sequences were lame as you can
almost see that the actors were hanging with the ropes tied
The story that director Gunasekhar chose has everything that is
commercially viable, which is a plus point in itself. A scene where
Anushka and Prakash Raj talks about women and few other scenes
involving Allu Arjun depicts the command of the director. However,
the cinematic liberties he chose to take appeared lame and the
jerky narration has left blemishes on the film.
The film starts on an intense note with Chiranjeevi's voice
over, takes a pause on a high note at the interval and ends with an
emotional climax keeping you on a wait for Pratapa Rudra. On the
whole, though Rudhramadevi do not amaze you, it surely
tugs you back to 13th century and it is a journey to
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