Nene Raju Nene Mantri is a Telugu political thriller staring Rana Daggubati. Post the gigantic success of Baahubali, Bhallal Dev (Rana Daggubati) is carrying his demeanor forward by taking on the political culture of South India. Makers of the film had absolutely nothing on the sets but contract of Rana Daggubati who is finally getting to play main lead instead of supporting role or an antagonist. This is as formula film as it gets in Telugu cinema. Just loud acting, provocative dialogues and unnecessary action sequences. Rana Daggubati’s physique has been shot from at least 128 dimensions in Telugu films before this and makers of this one have managed to figure out a 129th way.
Story of the film is based on the life of every other hero who played a hero in Telugu films. Raju is a simple hardworking guy with a loving wife who gets killed under political circumstances and hence the character of Raju gets the sympathy of audience sitting in the theater to beat up all the bad guys in the world. It is phenomenal how Telugu speaking audience can see the same film 1000 times over and still claps and whistles on everything they have seen. The eternal love they have for their stars pushes the star to not make a change in his character at all.
The shot taking from low angles, slow motion, fast cuts is similar in 90% of movies. This leads to an interesting debate that why youth residing in southern part of India is so angry that they connect with violence so easily. 24/365 audience is ready to idolize mediocrity in the form of stardom. Why is it so necessary for them to worship someone blindly to follow in the footsteps. Ilayathalapathy (Junior commander in chief) is an honor given to Tamil superstar Vijay, how come a film stars who sells dream for a living becomes the idol for common people. Answer to all those questions lie in the spirit of audience who have prescribed Nene Raju Nene Mantri to be a hit hence giving license to all the other film makers to fall in the same steps and repeat themselves a million times over.