It was a hurriedly executed film, that didn’t do justice to a promising plot. If a good story line is overdone with too many twists and unnecessary cinematic elements, you will end up with Raja Cheyyi Vesthe.
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Times of India
A cat and mouse chase ensues when two men become arch rivals. Who will win and who will lose?
Raja Ram (Nara Rohit) is a wannabe director and is introduced to the audience as he narrates a story he conceived to Chaitra (Isha Talwar), his lady love. Everyone in the coffee shop listen and clap. Soon, he receives an anonymous package with a bundle of cash and a letter from an anonymous "star" director, (who heard him narrating in that coffee shop). He asks him to write a love story for him. Raja automatically assumes that this shady interaction is his way into the film industry.
The entire first half is dedicated to the love track between Chaitra and Raja, which is what he decides on submitting to the director. Despite being a writer Raja can't be imaginative enough to create a new one. In his defense, love stories are not his forte so he takes the easy way out. He sends over the story via email using the shady email ID that the director mentions in the letter. In response to his submission, the anon director says that he is impressed, but he isn't making a love story any time soon. However, his upcoming action film needs a climax, and he thinks that Raja is the best one to write it. Raja obliges again, without wondering whether he's unwittingly becoming a ghost writer. Aren't writers incredibly secretive of their works? Well, Raja isn't.
While this ensues throughout the first half, it is established every now and then that Manik (Tarak Ratna) is a bad guy, who is dramatically ruthless. Manik figures someone is trying to kill him and he is determined to find him and kill him first. With a pretty interesting interval bang the movie finally feels like it's going somewhere. While the first half is basically all fluff, the second half is so packed with twists that the audience can barely keep up.
Tarak Ratna carries the attitude impeccably but loses marks on the acting front. Isha Talwar's role had significance, but it got lost amongst the endless list of supporting artistes whose roles were equally significant. Each character had their own little plot twist to tend to. The music was nothing striking. What was striking though was the fact that in the pre-climax just as the plot thickening, a song with children dancing around a romancing hero and heroine seemed appropriate to the filmmaker. Also, for a sensitive hero who thinks that "all life is valuable" killing Manik's men (quite creatively for that matter) wasn't too difficult towards the end.
It was a hurriedly executed film, that didn't do justice to a promising plot. If a good story line is overdone with too many twists and unnecessary cinematic elements, you will end up with Raja Cheyyi Vesthe.