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RAJU KANNADA MEDIUM MOVIE REVIEW: RAJU BECOMES A BRAND
For a change, a rural Kannadiga migrant who has come to Bengaluru does not end up becoming a rowdy. Our Raju has the usual ambitions and faces the usual problems. But he is also an entertainer. Life’s changing goals and priorities gets a Raju-Naresh treatment. The director-actor duo get together after their successful PJ saga First Rank Raju.
The Kannada medium Raju faces all the problems growing up that the protagonist of a Chandamama fairy tale does. The first half is a breezy comical ride. The number of forwarded jokes used in this film are fewer than in the first Raju film, but some of them are older (like the pun on the Hollywood film Mummy). However, there is no stopping Raju. He puns and jokes his way through.
The second half, literally, meanders into uncharted territory as Raju finds himself alone on an island and the film loses its way for about 15 minutes. The favourite fantasy of being lost on an uninhabited island with only a blond girl for company is overdone, but the scenes leading up to it and concluding it are fresh action for Kannada fans. In hindsight, the film could have done without 10 minutes of the island scenes.
The film has many things going for it. Not the least of which are Shekar Chandru’s cinematography and Kiran Ravindranath’s music. The film has some great visuals, especially those captured on a drone. Kiran has scored some catchy melodies which hug the film in a complimentary embrace.
The Raju brand has some development pending, but this film is a progress. It has the necessary elements of a successful recipe. At some point, you expect it to become a serious saga but you know what it wants to be, a light-hearted fantasy. In trying to do what it set out do, Raju Kannada Medium succeeds.
source: Bangalore Mirror
Raju Kannada Medium movie review: Raju bags yet another rank
After scoring excellent marks with his previous venture ‘First Rank Raju’, focusing on the effects of our educational system on the young minds, the popular character of Raju returns with a philosophical question on life.
While the humorous touch tickled with the right amount of double entendre made Raju secure first rank at the box office, the second outing is nearly as good as the ranking venture. Director Naresh has dealt with the core subject on life through the journey of an ordinary boy who migrates from a remote village with his education being in Kannada medium and lands in Bengaluru. Fortunately, he doesn't end up in bad company unlike the majority of such characters in the recent past in Sandalwood's history.
So, what is this ultimate thing most important in one's life to stay happy and be at peace? Is it the first-ever crush, the family, friendship, education, job, love or money - the usual suspects when in search of happiness? Here, the answer lies in the crux wherein the storyline seems to have held onto what the director intends to entertainingly communicate.
There is hardly anything to complain with regard to making as it captures the serene beauty of nature in the first part of the innocent phase. When Raju turns 16, he seeks answer to a question treasured by his father. In the quest for the most important thing in life, he encounters hard realities which makes him change his mind until the end.
In fact, it is the first half which runs quick to the point unlike the rest which is a bit of time-consuming affair. It treads on the path explaining the philosophy with Kiccha Sudeep portraying a catalyst character, instilling faith in Raju. Gurunandan, who continues the subtle and innocent mannerisms of Raju from the rank venture, is the main attraction.
If not for the ‘hard to digest’ plot of a blond girl, living all alone on a deserted island since her childhood, and the emotional part of it involving the protagonist, it sails smooth. Ashika leaves a beautiful impression, and Avantika is impressive. And, the fans of Kiccha Sudeep will simply love his short and meaningful avatar as a inspiring businessman.
With the right medium of entertainment, Raju leaves everyone falling in love with life. Go explore yourself in quest for some fun, love and happiness stuffed with hard realities.
Movie heg ogtide?? Bookings are poor in the city.
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