Ravi Teja’s Ramarao on Duty movie review

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The first act of “Ramarao On Duty” contains a few surprise sequences. The main character attacks elements that are trying to grasp land violently, setting the screen in flames. He is a deputy collector, and the judiciary has referred to his violent actions as questionable decisions. The tone of the rest of the movie is set in a courtroom scene where Rama Rao is exonerated by a judge who seems to be cooing over him.

When Rama Rao (Ravi Teja) finds out that his ex-girlfriend Malini (Rajisha Vijayan) is in trouble, he has his work cut out for him. In 1995’s Chittoor district, she is hardly the only one experiencing hardship. The unexpected loss of a family member who provided financial support has upset many households. The hero is both enraged and interested at the same time. What is the purpose of the mystery? Multiple rounds of inquiry into the largest story developing in the district are sparked by this query.

The movie needed to stay away from lines that glorified the hero. Even the flashback with Malini begins with a character toasting Rama Rao for his bravery and leadership. His family members act as though they must constantly mention his sacrifices and intense devotion to duty. His wife (Divyansha Kaushik), at least, is fortunate to receive a song, in contrast to the other members of the family. Rama Rao’s fanboy-turned-superior, Tanikella Bharani, even praises him as a revolutionary officer in the film.

The conversation and demeanour has to be particular and authentic because Rama Rao’s occupation drives the plot of the movie. Consider the scenario in which Rama Rao brings Malini to the corrupt police officer Murali (Venu Thottempudi). Rama Rao talks in generalities and implies that he is an ordinary person with little knowledge of the system in the dialogue. It would have been great if he had bombarded Murali with departmental truth bombs to make him uneasy.

This is not to argue that Rama Rao’s professional background isn’t at all exploited in the movie. Undoubtedly, the backdrop enhances one or two scenes. Because of the script’s attempt to maintain some resemblance to Rama Rao’s position inside the sarkari system, the second half avoids devolving into chaotic and disorganised action scenes.

Rama Rao’s investigation, however, lacks intensity. Even when parts of the aim appeared to be insurmountable, there is no indication of apprehension. In a moment that is inadvertently funny, a kid conveniently aids the protagonist in providing leads.
As some scenes devolve into melodrama, the emotions are put through rough waters. A good example is Nasser’s response when the hero mentions Rahul Ramakrishna. These are tired tropes that shouldn’t be used in today’s movies. There are numerous scenes where it pours rain. Furthermore, the drama doesn’t look atmospheric because of the rain. John Vijay’s schedule is not that interesting.

Kollywood’s Sam CS background score is something this film fails to fully encash. The songs ‘Bulbul Tarang’ and ‘Sottala Buggallo’ boost the mood to an extent.

Title: Ramarao On Duty
Cast: Ravi Teja and others
Director: Sarath Mandava
Run-Time: 146 Minutes
Rating: 2.5/5