Cast : Nagarjuna, Anushka, Vimala Raman, Sourabh Raj Jain & Others.
Director: Raghavendra Rao
Producer: A Mahesh Reddy
Music : Keeravani
Cinematographer: Gopal Reddy
Writer: JK Bharavi
Editor: Gautham Raju
Banner: AMR Sai Krupa Entertainments
Release date: February 10, 2017
The story dates back to 16th Century in Rajasthan. Rama (Nagarjuna) is a child who hopes to see God and he seeks the help of hid Guru (Sai Kumar) to meet God and play a game of dice with the Lord. However, his parents fix an alliance with Bhavani (Pragya Jaiswal). Rama is not at all interested in marriage and goes to Tirumala for the Darshan of the Lord. But then he bumps in the Temple official who turns a Blood Bug for the devotees. Later, Rama impresses the King and gets the responsibility of the temple. Later, a situation occurs when Rama has to prove that he is a real devotee of the Lord? Rest of the story is all about what happens next in Rama’s life and how he becomes Hathi Ram Baba.
Nagarjuna once again transformed himself into the role of the devotee effortlessly. The expressions are so real and the body language just suits the character. The emotions are damn good that there is no exaggeration to say he carried the whole film on his shoulders. Sourabh Jain looks a perfect fit as the Lord and there can not be a better compliment. Vimala Raman and Asmitha are good while Rao Ramesh as Villain Govindarajulu is a perfect find. Anushka as Devotee Krishnamma, Jagapathi Babu as the King and others suited to the roles.
Attempting a film on Hathi Ram Baba is a big risk given the fact there is no information on him except for the fact he played a game of dice with the Lord. However, Raghavendra Rao ensured that the first half ends on an interesting note. The second half is a bit monotonous and the climax feels like is dragged a bit. Even though there are some inadequacies in the script, the film still impressed with the screenplay and good direction as movie lovers are led to a devotional journey.
Keeravani has come out with wonderful melodies praising the Lord. All the songs are well shot while the Art director did a good job with the necessary sets. JK Bharavi should be commended for developing a story with very little detail. The dialogues are also good. Editing should have been better in the second half while the Production Values are average.
Sourabh Jain as the Lord
Slow and Predictable Second Half
Lack of Emotional Depth
Om Namo Venkatesaya is a well made Devotional Film. It is not in the class of Classic like Annamayya but is certainly a must watch for Devotees of the Lord and a decent watch for all. Nagarjuna and Raghavendra Rao deserves our respect for the bold attempt.
TollywoodAndhra Rating: 3/5