Disco Raja Review – Sci-Fi

Disco Raja Review - Sci-Fi
Disco Raja Review - Sci-Fi
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‘Disco Raja’ hit the cinemas this Friday amid heavy competition at the box-office.  Ravi Teja is at loggerheads with Allu Arjun and Mahesh Babu for the first time.  What does the film have in store?  Is it meaty enough to warrant attention?  Can the Mass Maharaja click this time?  What are the merits and demerits of ‘Disco Raja’?  We will tell you all in this review. 

Story: A family full of orphans (Mahesh Achanta, Sathyam Rajesh, etc) are worried that their guardian Vasu (Ravi Teja) has gone missing.  Somewhere in Ladakh, Vasu is shown to have been killed.  A team of scientists (comprising of an old man, Tanya Hope and Vennela Kishore) brings him back to life after several years.   But Vasu is not Vasu but Disco Raja (Ravi Teja, again).  Who is this Raja and what is his relationship with Burma Sethu (Bobby Simha), a dreaded gangster?  Where do Helen (Payal Rajput), Uttam Kumar (Sunil) and others fit into this plot?  Find out on the big screen.

Performances: Ravi Teja was not in complete form in ‘Touch Chesi Choodu’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ and ‘Nela Ticket’.  He tries to be comedic and irreverent in ‘Disco Raja’.  By and large, he is watchable.   Bobby Simha is not getting the right kind of films in Telugu.  The National Award-winning actor plays a gangster who is made to emote in old ways.  Payal Rajput gets a few scenes and a song, unlike Nabha Natesh, who has zero role in the story.  Tanya is wasted.  Vennela Kishore draws some laughs. Senior Naresh and Raghu Babu are not even watchable. Sunil, Satya and others do their parts well.

Technical Departments: SS Thaman has become one of the most bankable music directors.  His songs for this movie are cool.  The BGM is even better, especially in some segments of the flashback.  Karthik Ghattamaneni is a talented cinematographer who makes the retro visuals look fine.   On the editing front, ‘Disco Raja’ suffers badly.  The scenes are somewhat haphazard. 

What Works: The ‘biryani’ fight in the second half and the stretch involving Ravi Teja, Bobby Simha and the villains in this segment is cool. The climax, which comes with a twist, may be liked by some.  However, this can have a wholly different effect if you don’t like the execution. Some comedy portions involving the male lead and Vennela Kishore are good. 

What Fails: This is not a sci-fi movie.  It’s actually like ‘Oh Baby’ happening with the intervention of three stupid scientists.  There is no element of freshness after a point.  The story becomes predictable.  That’s why the climax twist was included.  It’s all forced.    The positioning of the scenes in the first half is totally amiss.  Delhi, Ladakh, Rudrapur and Chennai form the various backdrops without letting the audience invest in the proceedings.  Too many characters are introduced and some of them are thanklessly (sometimes thankfully) forgotten (for example, Mirchi Kiran, Nabha, Abhay Bethiganti). The flashback in the second half could have been way better and shorter.  For example, the bank robbery scene was not needed. Writer-director Vi Anand’s forte is not comedy and that’s a big demerit here. The fights are somewhat routine, although they are not a pain to watch. The way the film ends makes it possible for a sequel to be made.  But it’s as likely to happen as is the sequel to ‘Saaho’.   

Overall Analysis: ‘Disco Raja’ suffers from incoherent story-telling, overdone scenes and flashy elements.  Too many scenes are insubstantial.  Ravi Teja’s attempt to reinvent himself falls flat.  To call it a sci-fi movie would be a joke.  Call it a revenge drama that is formulaic and uses science as a terrible prop.