Prati Roju Pandage Movie Review:
As the trailer suggests, this is a movie about a distraught old man who got left alone in his twilight years. His wife passed away and his kids are too busy with their lives and have no time to visit. He gets diagnosed with lung cancer and has only a few weeks to live (5 weeks precisely). He expects at least this news will bring his family together for one last time before he passes away. They make a great fuss about being busy with their jobs but accept to visit for the last two weeks. His eldest grandson though rushes to his grandfather immediately and how he manages to bring his family together is the story.
Maruthi takes this beaten to death concept and beats it again mercilessly. I did not expect a lot from this movie but even his standard falls way short. Dramedy is a genre that is tough to get it right. Here Maruthi didn't even try.
The movie's central character is an old man played by Satyaraj, who yearns for love from his kids. They give him none, not because they are really busy people but because they are really bad people. I cannot see it any other way. They genuinely hate their father for extending his death for a few more days and complain the same to his face. Except for a grandson played by Sai Dharam Tej
, nobody gives afoot about his condition. Though I really sat through this preposterous piece of a movie hoping when it's going to end, I really waited to see how our hero is going to change their hearts. He does it in a spectacularly bad way.
It starts as a comedy ( if you are OK with crass jokes and lame one-liners there are many) and as it is nearing its first half, I really thought it is going to take a real dramatic turn. Don't worry it won't. It continues in its mediocre path to the climax and at least there we expect a little emotional payoff for having sat through it but instead, it laughs at our Sorry faces for expecting it.
Satyaraj tries as much as he can to make something out of this character. Sai Dharam Tej sleepwalks in his role. Raashi Khanna
makes a few scenes better just by being beautiful. Her ease at comedy has improved a lot.
Rao Ramesh though hilarious in few scenes comes as artificial in dramatic moments because of the script. There are a ton of actors who all do their bit. Whenever you feel a little hint of emotion it is because Thaman is giving it to you with his score. Technically this is a neat effort.
Again as they suggested it in the trailer, this is a rip off of Shatamanam Bhavathi. I had many issues with that movie but having watched this, it appears to be a classic.
This movie asks us to take a dive into its emotional depth but it's so shallow that even my toe didn't get wet.