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Sri Rama Rajyam Movie Review

Mythological stories have an inbuilt significance, an appeal and passes through the test of time. Any epic that is retold innumerable times whether it is on television or on big screen or even in a book format engages people for it's invaluable information, knowledge and becomes the doctrine that guides us in the society, it is the gospel, it is the ultimate truth.

When Lava Kusa was released it had a magnetic impact on the public, there was no categorisation such as the mass or class. From the abandoning of Sita in the forests to the verbal duel between Lakshman and his nephews to the agonising dissapearance of Sita as the earth breaks into two halves, everything captured and involved people's involvement. Children waited with bated breath as snake shaped arrows clashed and brought out showers, fire and the works. Every person would leave the theatre teary-eyed with fulfillment, the people saw the Gods in the artistes, the intensity, the expression was so moving.

To make Lava Kusa these days, something that has already been watched so many times needs a lot of thinking and courage. First it is the idea, the willingness to embark on such a huge venture in the face of commercial viability, and completing it with perfect casting and technical input and the indomitable spirit of the producer in the face of emotional upheavels and finally releasing it in the theatres is nothing short of divinity. We cannot recollect anyone else currently in the role of Ram who enjoys a star status and commands an opening.

Like the orignal, Ram's role was limited and ditto here too. The focus, the story revolves around the emotional aspect of the relationship between the husband and wife..the turmoil of the separation, the king and his subjects, sibling relationship, the importance of a sage as a philosopher and a guide, mother and a daughter and what not but the major part. Each relationship, each dialogue and an argument has a justification, an answer to all doubts.

Sri Rama Rajyam is the hero, the people involved in the making and those who have acted in should thank their stars for getting such a beautiful opportunity to be a part of it. Bapu's venture is made with language simple enough for a common man to understand, the film is best enjoyed without comparisons. Two characters that stand out are Sita and Valmiki, the director has etched both the charcters beautifully without undermining the importance or stripping the value of the remaining characters.

ANR as Valmiki breathes life into his role, brings in dignity through his character..he explains the meaning of Ramayan in an utterly simplified version, the difference between astras and shastras, becomes a father figure to Sita and a guardian to her children. Sita has become synonymous with suffering, self-respect/pride and her role essayed by Nayanthara is brilliant.

Ilayaraja is an undeniable asset. Balakrishna's work is limited like in the original, none could have replaced him like mentioned earlier but if this movie had come to him ten years earlier it would have made a difference to his career. Make-up is supposed to enhance an appearance but here it really didn't. The kids all of them have been very comfortable with the camera and their sense of humour in the second half i.e., during the final scenes came alive.

Sri Rama Rajyam doesn't give any extrordianry's not necessary either but with a fabulous screenplay and a very identifiable literature, songs, Bapu-Ramana have come quiet close to making a very good film given the resources and time. A welcome break this one from the commercial madness!


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