Expectations on Naga Chaitanya are becoming extinct with each film. His last flick Yudham Sharanam Gachami fell flat at the BO, leaving him with no choice but to come up with his best work in 2018. With a release clash with the Box office queen slash wife Samantha, Sailaja Reddy Alludu had to supersede all his previous films to sustain the competition. What could have been a breakthrough film for both Naga Chaitanya & Maruthi; Sailaja Reddy Alludu fails to impress audience like some of their best movies did (Premam & Bhale Bhale Magadivoy respectively) Let's dive into the goods and bads:
It was nice to see Naga Chaitanya in stylish clothes & trendy stubble. He did let himself loose and climbed a step up as an actor. At Least it wasn't unpleasant to watch him for 2.5 hours.Vennela Kishore emerges in first half while Ramya Krishna saves the second; but not their best roles and no great performances from both the actors. Maruthi as always does not deviate from his single point of delivery - Short term memory loss in BBM, OCD in Mahanubhavudu and EGO in SRA. Keeps his grip on the main point but takes a distracting approach in nearly every scene.
Maruti tried to bring in the flavor of Nags hit formula from his 90’s films - Proud, rich egoistic heroine and a smart hero who becomes a saviour for heroines family - but got totally confused, lost and failed to handle the subject cleverly Despite having likeable actors like Murali Sharma, Naresh & Ramya Krishna , the output wasn’t upto the mark. It is neither a comedy film nor a warm family drama. Gets lost somewhere amidst them both Anu Emmanuel was just existing like a doll. You don’t connect to the lead pairs chemistry or heroine’s emotion. She barely acted. Abrupt songs, comedy that leaves you straight faced, lackluster script and direction.
SRA is plodding and bland failing to generate any excitement. A good opportunity wasted. Definitely not a must watch.