Om Namo Venkatesaya Movie Review
Om Namo Venkatesaya is a 2017 Indian Telugu devotional & biographical film, based on the life of Hathiram Bhavaji, produced by A. Mahesh Reddy on the AMR Sai Krupa Entertainments banner and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. The film stars Nagarjuna Akkineni, Anushka Shetty, Pragya Jaiswal and Jagapathi Babu, and has Saurabh Raj Jain in a supporting role. The music has been composed by M. M. Keeravani. The teaser of the film was released on 24 December 2016 – Source- WIKIpedia
Right from his childhood days, Ram(Nagarjuna) takes upon a journey to make contact with the eternal powers of the god. He joins the ashram of Padmananda Swamy(Sai Kumar) in Tirumala and gets enlightened about Lord Venkateswara and his spiritual powers. To seek more divinity, he reaches the main temple in Tirumala and starts praying for the lord.
God answers his prayers as lord Venkateswara himself appears before him and acknowledges his sincerity. During the same time, there are many other criminal factors that Ram needs to face in the temple town. What are those problems? What kind of relation does Ram share with lord Venkateswara? How did he become Hathi Ram Baba? and where do Krishnamma(Anuska) and Pragya Jaiswal feature in this entire set up?
Raghavendra Rao Narration
Jagapathi Babu’s character looks out of place and is the only disturbance in the film. His role and a song with Anushka should have been chopped off to make things better. The first part of the second half has some slow pace as thing get bogged down a bit.
The film is super rich on the visual side. A special mention should go to the special effects team for showcasing Tirumala and the surrounding areas in top notch mode. Camera work is astonishing and brings a divine light to the film. Keeravani’s music and background score are supremely impressive and elevate the film completely. Editing is decent except for the Jagapathi Babu episode
When devotional films are considered to be a huge risk in today’s day and age, Nagarjuna and Raghavendra Rao take us on an emotional story of an ardent devotee in a simple yet entertaining manner. Nagarjuna gives an award winning performance as Hathi Ram Baba and holds the film completely. Breezy narration, good performances, and feel good scenes give this film a sacred feeling altogether. If you ignore the predictable story line of what happens in all devotional films, On Namo Venkatesaya is a film which will be loved the family audience
Moviearts Om Namo Venkatesaya Ratings – 3.75/5