Raja the Great

Raja The Great is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film written and directed by Anil Ravipudi and produced by Dil Raju on Sri Venkateswara Creations banner.[2] The film stars Ravi Teja as a visually impaired man, alongside Mehreen Pirzada and Raadhika. Vivan Bhatena (in his Telugu Debut), Rajendra Prasad, Prakash Raj and Sampath Raj play supporting roles with music composed by Sai Karthik.[3] The film marks the debut of Teja's son Mahadhan as child actor.[4]

Raja The Great
Raja the Great.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnil Ravipudi
Written byAnil Ravipudi
Produced byDil Raju
StarringRavi Teja
Mehreen Pirzada
Raadhika
CinematographyMohana Krishna
Edited byTammi Raju
Music bySai Karthik
Production
company
Release date
  • 18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)
Running time
150 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Box officeest. ₹52 crore[1]

The film began its production began in April 2017 with filming taking place in Hyderabad and Darjeeling. Released worldwide on 18 October 2017, the film received mixed reviews from critics and audience with praise towards the cast performances, action sequences and entertainment value but criticism for writing and uneven tone. It was a commercial success grossing more than ₹50 crore, becoming the highest-grossing film in Teja's career.[5]

PlotEdit

Lucky is a very protected and pampered daughter of a sincere police officer, SP Prakash. In one of his operations, Prakash encounters the brother of a powerful gangster named Devaraj, for which Lucky was one of the reasons. The angered Devaraj seeks revenge, and in the attack, Prakash gets killed and also targets Lucky. Lucky runs away to Darjeeling and hides in her father's friend Prasad's house to evade an attempt on her life. Now, the police department looks out for a special team to provide security for Lucky. Raja is a blind man, who is trained by his head constable mother Anantha Lakshmi, to use his disability to his advantage. Anantha Lakshmi's ambition is to make her son a police officer.

She obliges the IG Viswaraj to include her blind son in the mission. After a few incidents, he agrees to send him, but only to cook food for other officers. Raja, with his friend Bujji and three others, goes to Darjeeling. Raja meets Lucky and starts changing the depressed Lucky into making her have a happy mood with a few tricks. He also learns about Prasad's difficulties and solves their problems. Lucky comes out of her depressed state and starts celebrating her life with Raja's help. Meanwhile, Devaraj gets to know where Lucky is and orders his goons to attack her. Knowing this, IG Viswaraj and his team come to protect Lucky by sending her abroad.

Raja tells her not to run and instead fight back, but Viswaraj neglects him and takes Lucky away. Devaraj's goons attack Viswaraj and his team on the way and try to kill Lucky, but to everyone's surprise, Raja rescues them by defeating the goons. Lucky gains confidence in Raja, and she agrees to stay with him and fight back. Lucky and Raja go to her uncle's house in Madhura, but her uncles do not accept her for a brief period. Raja makes them realize their mistakes. On Lucky's birthday, she gets to know what her father's wish was (to educate poor girls by adopting them) and makes her father's wish her ambition.

Meanwhile, a cat and mouse game ensues where Raja defeats the goons and gives Devaraj, a strong warning not to trouble Lucky again. Devaraj kidnaps Anantha Lakshmi and Lucky. Raja, however, saves his mother and Lucky with his intelligence. Raja, while escaping with Lucky and Bujji from Devaraj's factory, gathers the evidence against Devaraj. IG Viswaraj is granted a warrant against Devaraj. When the police go to Devaraj to arrest him, he injures Raja and insults him (that he is scared of facing him alone and all), which rises Anantha Lakshmi's anger and she challenges Devaraj to fight her son. Raja fights and defeats Devaraj, but he does not kill him. Viswaraj encounters Devaraj and involves Raja in future police operations.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Anil Ravipudi had the idea to make a film with visually impaired character as a lead as he was fascinated by the talents they have. Ravipudi however didn't want the film to be art film and wrote the script in a commercial format.[6] Ravipudi approached Ram Pothineni and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. for the film but Ravi Teja was finalized.[7] Mehreen Pirzada was cast opposite Teja.[8]

Principal photography of the film began in April 2017 in Hyderabad.[9] The production moved to Darjeeling later that month.[10] 70% of the shoot was completed by July 2017.[11]

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on 18 October 2017.[11] The film was later dubbed and released in Tamil as Raja Raja Dhan in 2019 and the film was dubbed in Malayalam under the same title in 2021. The Hindi dubbed version was directly premiered on Goldmines TV channel on 3 July 2022.

SoundtrackEdit

Raja The Great
Soundtrack album by
Released4 October 2017
Recorded2017
GenreSoundtrack
Length17:16
LabelAditya Music
ProducerSai Karthik
Sai Karthik chronology
Darsakudu
(2017)
Raja The Great
(2017)
Suvarna Sundari
(2017)

The music is composed by Sai Karthik and released on Aditya Music Company. Raja The Great (Title Song) was released online, for which Ravi Teja gave his voice.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Raja The Great"Shyam KasarlaRavi Teja, L. V. Revanth, K. Saketh3:42
2."Nake Ne Nachestunna"Ramajogayya SastrySameera Bharadwaj, M.L. Shruti3:21
3."Chinnari"Ramajogayya SastryHaricharan, Divija Kartheek3:10
4."Allabe Allabe"Ramajogayya SastryYazin Nizar3:00
5."Yenniyalo Yenniyalo"Shyam KasarlaSai Karthik4:03
Total length:17:16

ReceptionEdit

Karthik Keramulu writing for the Firstpost rated 2.5 of 5 and wrote: "Raja The Great is an okayish entertaining affair in the theatre. However, the minute one walks out of the movie house, there’d be nothing to pull from the bed of the two-and-a-half-hour comedy to laugh about."[12] The Hindu's Sangeetha Devi stated: "Anil Ravipudi takes the mass route with a blind protagonist and the result is silly humour."[13] The Indian Express critic Manoj Kumar R who rated 2 stars, opined: "You don't go to watch a Ravi Teja film, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi, expecting a Nayakan. It's only fair that we judge his latest offering, Raja The Great, by the standards of mindless entertainers."[14]

SequelEdit

Ravipudi confirmed the film's sequel in one of the interviews, stating: "There is a slight tease at the very end of the rolling titles hinting at the possibility of a sequel for the actioner. The sequel will definitely happen but I can’t tell you the exact schedule of the shooting, release, and other details at the moment."[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Raja The Great final collections: Ravi Teja starrer grosses Rs 52 crore approximately - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Raja the Great (Ravi Teja's Next Project)". Deccan Chronicle.
  3. ^ "Raja the Great (Heroine)". Deccan Chronicle.
  4. ^ "Ravi Teja's son Mahadhan to make acting debut with Raja The Great". International Business Times.
  5. ^ "Raja The Great box-office collections: Ravi Teja movie becomes highest grosser of his career - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ Ranjith, AuthorGabbeta. "Director Anil Ravipudi shares details of Raja The Great". Telangana Today. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  7. ^ Soumick (31 March 2018). "Why did the other stars of Tollywood give Raja The Great a miss?". Asianet News Network.
  8. ^ Varma, Lipika (20 March 2017). "Exclusive: Phillauri's Mehreen Kaur Pirzada didn't even know when she was auditioned". Deccan Chronicle.
  9. ^ Jonnalagedda, Pranita (5 April 2017). "Ravi Teja's Raja The Great kicks off". Deccan Chronicle.
  10. ^ Agencies (12 April 2017). "Lights, camera, action! 'Raja The Great' starts shooting in Darjeeling". Millennium Post.
  11. ^ a b "Ravi Teja's Raja The Great slated for an October 12 release". The Times of India. 17 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Raja The Great movie review: Ravi Teja doesn't disappoint in this okay-ish entertaining affair - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  13. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (20 October 2017). "Raja the great: He's blind, but trained". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Raja The Great movie review: Another mindless entertainer from Ravi Teja". The Indian Express. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Raja The Great sequel ready to roll?". The New Indian Express. 28 April 2021.

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