Nagarjuna Akkineni starrer Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is a remake of Malayalam film Pretham and is directed by Ohmkar. The director has respected the original Malayalam film, except for dramatisation of some scenes. Well, keeping the stardom of Nagarjuna in mind such changes in the script by the director is understandable. As per Indian Express report, compared to the Malayalam version of the film the remake has many flaws. Notably, the whole concept of “mentalist” has been misunderstood by Ohmkar. The original film Manichitrathazhu was made in 1996 and revolved around a room of historical importance that has been haunted by an ancient ghost with bloodlust. The opening of that room sets the vengeful ghost free and possess an innocent and vulnerable girl.
A brilliant psychiatrist, brilliantly played by Mohanlal, investigates, gathers knowledge and chalks out a plan to trick the ancient ghost into believing that it got its revenge so that it can go to heaven. That psychiatrist displays some abilities such as mind reading. But when the remakes were made of the film the protagonist has been overplayed.
As per the IE report, the same happens in Raju Gari Gadhi 2. Rudra (Nagarjuna), is a world-renowned ‘mentalist’. In the film, Rudra boasts his psychic skills. On one hand, where mentalists are dependent on their home tricks, observations and deduction skills to make clever calculations, psychics on the other hand claim to possess special powers comprising of ability to talk to the other world.
A simple use of Google would have helped Ohmkar understand the difference between a mentalist and psychic. Instead, he has developed the character of Rudra on the basis of alternative realities, as per IE report. Rudra can lie on a person’s face just by looking at the facial reaction. Moreover, he can tell what happened at the crime scene just by touching people involved in it. The original character had no ability of such sort which makes Rudra’s character nothing less than supernatural.
Rudra is called to investigate paranormal activities in a room at a resort. The resort is jointly owned by three friends, played by Ashwin Babu, Vennela Kishore and Praveen. The room is haunted by a spirit named as Amrutha, played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu who had committed suicide after falling prey to jealousy and voyeurism. Interestingly, it was a piece of cake for Rudra to find everything about Amrutha. Ohmkar had a perfect chance to make a statement on online voyeurism but he failed, added IE report.
R Diwakaran’s cinematography and composer S Thaman’s background score helps the audience to sit through the movie. The climax has very less impact and has been dramatized with nature-defying graphics.
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Samantha Akkineni, Kajal Aggarwal, Seerat Kapoor
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Director: Ohmkar
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 rating: Below Average