‘Rajugadu’ review: Steal a few laughs
A kleptomaniac protagonist’s love life is in trouble owing to his condition
Sanjana Reddy’s directorial debut Rajugadu comes with a ‘been there done that’ trope of milking a protagonist’s condition to go on a comic spree. Raju (Raj Tarun) is a kleptomaniac and can’t resist his urge to steal. The director tries to sympathise with him often, but mocks at him more. This film proves that you don’t always need path-breaking stories to entertain. She pokes fun at the formula of weaving a narrative around a disorder in a hilarious parody sequence where protagonists from Raja The Great, Bhale Bhale Magadivoy and Mahanubhavudu come together to beat up Raju. And there’s an antagonist’s son who can’t speak.
Living with kleptomania leads Raju into trouble — at school, a police station, a hospital and even at his father’s retail store. The doctors give up on possible treatment to rescue him. More sensitivity would have helped, but his characterisation translates into humorous encounters with acquaintances. Things take an interesting turn when he meets his lady love Tanvi (Amyra Dastur). He hushes up the condition from her and plays safe with the help of his parents. A comedy of errors ensues. Not all of the outbursts work but there’s enough petrol in the tank to make it a watchable fare.
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