Cast: NTR, Samantha, Pranitha
Director: Santosh Srinivas
Music: SS Thaman
Producer: Bellamkonda Ganesh, Bellamkonda Suresh
Verdict: Keep distance from Rabhasa
Rabhasa: Mindless, Senseless
No doubt, NTR is one talented actor in Tollywood who could deliver lengthy dialogues with ease, who could emote well, who could shake his legs like no one else. But all his talent has been once again wasted in form of Rabhasa. Blame writer-director Santosh Srinivas for etching such an idiotic role for NTR. The film is so boring that you can’t even watch it for a while. And its story is as old as hills and rocks.
Karthik (NTR) discontinues his US studies to fulfill her mother’s (Jayasudha) only wish – to marry her niece Indu alias Chitti (Samantha)- and wants to teach a lesson to his wicked, crooked politician uncle (Sayaji Shinde). And to this wafer-thin plot, there are endless stupid twists and turns. All together make “Rabhasa”.
Especially, the tiring “Sreenu Vaitla-kinda” formula, which has been beaten to death so far, is back again. T-town filmmakers once again rely on the same fights-dance-comedy recipe. Too many characters, too many people spread all over the film and most of them hardly has a purpose. And in second half, there comes Brahmanandam, forcefully imbibed into the story to create few giggles but in vain. Umpteen fight episodes, where people are thrown away with single punch, blood is all over the place and between, there comes songs. One doesn’t understand the role of Pranitha, how it ends abruptly. The first half is worst. And the second half is no different, equally bad.
The action episodes can’t help but recall you the star’s previous flick Dammu which was also a damp squib. Bellamkonda Suresh splurged his money for the film and it’s clearly visible on the screen. Suresh, who made money out of Santosh Sreenivas’ Kandireega,will lose it with his latest film.
It’s time for NTR to wake up and rescue his own career that is on a downward spiral. Already damage has been done. But at least now, NTR should initiate damage-control measures to resurrect his sagging career. All in all, Rabhasa is NTR’s film all the way- right from the beginning to the end.