Film: Sri Ramrajyam (2011)Cast: Balakrishna, Nayanatara, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Srikanth, Master Tanay Teja, Master Satvik, Sameer, Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa, Brahmanandam, K.R. Vijaya, Roja, Sivaparvathi, Dr. M. Balayya, Muralimohan, Rallapalli, AVS, Nagineedu, Hema, Sudha, Jhansi, Sana, etc.
Music: Ilayaraja
Lyrics: Jonnavithula Ramalingeswara Rao
Playback: S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra, Shreya Ghosal, Ramu, Tippu, Anitha, Keerthana, Surabhi Sravani, Swetha Mohan
Art: Ravindar, Kiran Kumar
Editing: G.G. Krishna Rao
Producer: Yalamanchili Saibabu
Script, Screenplay: (Late) Mullapudi Venkataramana
Banner: Sree Saibaba Movies
Directed by: Bapu
Release Date: November 16, 2011
Watched Theatre : hollywood a/c, guntur.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Nandamuri Balakrishna new Telugu Film Sri Ramarajyam Movie Review:
It seems to be balakrishna again shows his capacity how to go on hit track. Director Bapu and Balakrishna comibination worked very much.once again Balakrishna proved that what he was capable.Story:The story is based on the popular (Hindu) epic Ramayana, twelve years after Rama and Sita return to Ayodhya following the killing of Ravana in Lanka. One of the spies of Rama (Balakrishna), Bhadra by name, reports to Rama about a washerman Tippadu (Brahmanandam) in his kingdom of Kosala sneered that he was not like the foolish Rama who accepted Sita (Nayanatara) as his wife despite her staying in Ravana’s kingdom for about a year. As a king who values his peoples’ words, Rama reluctantly decides to part with the then-pregnant Sita and asks Lakshmana (Srikanth) to leave her in the forest outside his kingdom. When Sita’s mother, bhUdEvi or the Mother Earth (Roja), is angered at her daughter’s plight, Sita promises to join her mother only after giving her kids to Rama. Sita is found by the sage Valmiki (Akkineni Nageswara Rao), the author of the epic Ramayana, and is taken to the former to his ashram where Sita gives birth to twin boys Lava and Kusha (Master Tanay Teja, Master Satvik) while Hanuman (Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa) takes care of her in the guise of a kid Balaraju. Lava and Kusha grow up learning Ramayana from Valmiki; when they go to Rama’s place in Ayodhya to sing Ramayana, they realize that Rama has discarded Sita as his wife and become so heart-broke as to vow not to praise Rama anymore. Meanwhile, Rama becomes increasingly detached with his kingly duties and life as he misses Sita. Vasishta (Dr. M. Balayya), Rama’s brother-in-law Rshyasringa (Nagineedu), and other well-wishers urge Rama to conduct aSwamEtha yaagam to expand his kingdom and slowly cope with the fact that his beloved wife has parted with him for ever. As a part of the yaagam, all the land that the horse treads on becomes a part of the kingdom of Kosala if no one in the region stops the horse and challenge its protectors. Lava and Kusha, who resent everything connected to Rama, decide to tie the horse up and fight with its protectors. Eventually, they defeat Lakshmana, forcing Rama himself to come fight them. Rama realizes that he’s fighting his own sons, when Hanuman brings Sita to the battlefield. Sita hands over the kids to their father and goes down the earth’s crust with her mother bhUdEvi. Rama then enthrones his sons and walks off to become one with Lord Vishnu.

Artist Performance:Bala Krishna deserves a huge applause for accepting this script. Bala Krishna is probably the one of very few actors in current Telugu film industry who can do justice to mythological roles. But the Rama role in this movie is about subtlety and emotions. It needs calmness and measured acting. Bala Krishna has done his role fabulously. Since is story is more about Seeta going to forests and the twins, there is ample footage for these three characters and Bala Krishna obliged it. Bala Krishna portrayed the inner turmoil Lord Rama went through very well. Bala Krishna has always been open for all kinds of scripts and roles. And this is the best film from Bala Krishna after Bhairava Dweepam in mythological genre.

ANR is an asset to the film as Valmiki who helps Seeta and guides her in a critical time. Nayana Tara is perfect as Seeta. She portrayed it gracefully by bringing sanctity to it. She performed fabulously. Sunitha’s dubbing helped the cause. The total movie is about the characters of Kusha and Lava. Both the kids who performed these two characters along with bala Hanuman. Srikanth has done the role of Lakshmana and this film will be a feather in his cap. He is superb. Sameer has portrayed Bharat and he is nice. Brahmanandam played a story-changing key role. Roja has done the role of Bhudevi (mother of Seeta). KR Vijaya, Balayya, Murali Mohan, Subbaraya Sharma, Sudha, Hema, Sana, Siva Parvathy Jhansi etc did very well in other important roles

Technical and Other Departments:The story of the film is based on the classic ‘Lavakusha’. Director Bapu who has done many social films with stories adapted from Ramayana made sure that he got everything right in this movie. Screenplay of the film is very good. The way kids meet their father without knowing that he is their father is a powerful screenplay technique. Bapu has extracted the right kind of performances all the actors. There is a nice humor in the characterizations of Lava, Kusha and bala hanuman. It is very difficult to direct a mythological film of 2 hours 45 minutes duration and Bapu has made sure that the emotions worked. You will sympathize with the characters of LavaKusha and with the ordeal Seeta and Rama going through.

Music by Ilayaraja is excellent. I loved all the songs even before release. All these songs are exceptionally mounted on the screen. Background music is soothing and appropriate. Dialogues by Ramana are good and plain so that the present generation can understand it without any difficulty. Cinematography by Raju is another asset. Four units (EFX, Pixelloid, Makuta and Orange Media) have worked on the visual effects and they have done a fabulous work. Art direction is excellent. Ravinder has come up with a nice set for Valmiki Ashramam. Costumes and make-up are natural. Editing is fine. One person who should get 100% credit for this movie is Yalamanchali Sai Babu. It is a highly risky proposition to make a film like Sri Ramarajyam. Sai Babu has blindly trusted his team and spent a lot of money come up with a high quality product.

Movie Analysis:First half is good. Second half is emotional. The film really picks up in terms of emotions from the scene where Seeta is left in forest. Bala Krishna and producer Sai Babu should get the huge credit for the risk they have taken. In an era, where the success of a film is measured by punch dialogues, dances, fights and bramhanandam’s comedy, Sri Ramarajyam is a refreshing and a brave film that tells the story as a story. After watching this movie – two people will get enormous respect – Bala Krishna and producer Sai Babu. This film has got music, visuals, emotions and performances in the right proportions. Bapu comes up with an interesting and sensible film in the form of Sri Ramarajyam.

Final View:Srirama Raajyam, yet another mythological film that shone on the Telugu silver screen after nearly 15 years since Balakrishna-starrer Srikrishnarjuna Vijayamu (directed by Singeetam Sreenivasa Rao), can cater to those sections of audience who may want to see films of such genre made in a contemporary taste and style. It is touchy and classy.

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