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Raju Yadav Review

Raju Yadav: A Smile Stuck On, But the Movie Stumbles

Sarkar Rating:1.5/5                                                   Release Date:May 24, 2024

Reviewed By: Kausalya Suharika R


Getup Srinu, Ankitha Kharat, Ananda Chakrapani, Mirchi Hemanth, Jabardasth Sunny, Santosh Kalwacharla


Director: Krishnamachary. K
Producers: Rajesh Kallepalli, Prashanth Reddy
Music Director: Harshavardhan Rameshwar, Suresh Bobbili
Cinematographer: Sai Ram Uday D.F.Tech
Editor: Bonthala Nageswara Reddy

This Telugu film sets out with a promising premise: a man stuck in a permanent grin after a cricket mishap. But does it deliver laughs, romance, or anything truly memorable? Let’s dive in.

A Grimace with Promise: Getup Srinu Holds His Own

The movie’s central idea is undeniably interesting. Raju Yadav (Getup Srinu) leads a simple life in Mahabubnagar until a stray cricket ball takes a hilarious and life-altering detour. The impact leaves him with a facial disorder that freezes his expression in a perpetual smile. This throws his life into disarray – jobs are out of the question, and social interactions become awkward. Yet, a chance encounter with Sweety (Ankitha Kharat) offers a glimmer of hope. Can Raju find love and acceptance despite his unusual condition?

One-Man Show: Getup Srinu Carries the Film on His Shoulders

The movie’s central idea is undeniably interesting. Getup Srinu deserves major credit for portraying Raju, a man whose life takes an absurd turn after a cricket ball encounter. Maintaining a constant smile throughout the film is a challenging feat, and Srinu delivers a commendable performance despite a weak script.

Flickers of Fun, But the Plot Needs Braces

A few comedic scenes featuring Raju and his friends manage to elicit laughs. The emotional moments between Raju and his father (Ananda Chakrapani) towards the end hold some weight. However, the screenplay fails to capitalise on the film’s potential.

Deja Vu Romance: Heroine’s Character Inspired from Controversial Blockbusters

The film falters in its storytelling. The heroine’s character feels like a cliché, heavily influenced by other successful movies. This lack of originality makes the plot predictable and uneventful. There’s a sense of “been there, seen that” throughout the narrative.

Technical Stumbles: A Formula Fails to Deliver

The film’s technical aspects are, at best, ordinary. The music by Harshavardhan Rameshwar and Suresh Bobbili is forgettable, while the cinematography by Sai Ram is just adequate. The production values are decent, but the direction by Krishnamachary disappoints. He relies on a tired formula that fails to deliver a compelling narrative. The script lacks clarity, and Raju’s character development feels inconsistent.

Verdict: A Missed Opportunity-Save Your Smile for Another Film

Raju Yadav is a missed opportunity. While Getup Srinu shines with his performance, the film is ultimately bogged down by a predictable story, weak direction, and a lack of emotional depth. If you’re looking for a refreshing or engaging romantic drama, this one is best avoided. There are better movies out there to make you smile (or cry) – skip this one and keep your expectations in check.

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