Raja the Great Story:
Raja (Ravi Teja) is a blind man who's trained by his head constable mother to use his disability to his advantage. Lucky (Mehreen) is the pampered daughter of a police officer (Prakash Raj) and they're each other's whole world. What happens when Lucky's world is shaken by a goon Deva (Vivan)? How does Raja fit into this picture?
Raja the Great Review:
Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja's Diwali offering is here, and if one word could be used to describe this film, it could be called an out-and-out 'entertainer'. Ravi Teja's films have always been known for their comic and action quotients and this film does not disappoint in those departments.
The film revolves around the visually-challenged Raja (Ravi Teja) who has no qualms about his disability. Even when the world doubts him, he keeps proving himself time and again to be as capable, if not more, as any other person. His mother (Radhika) is equally confident in his skills and her only dream in life is to see him be a part of the police force. She strong-arms her higher ups into letting him be on a special force team that is set out to protect a girl.
Said girl, Lucky (Mehreen), has just lost her father at the hands of Deva (Vivan), a ruthless goon who wants to be a politician. She's recouping in Darjeeling so that's where Raja and his team head to, bringing in a much-needed dose of positivity into her life.
The way the character of Raja is handled by the director is beautiful. There's no pity at him being visually challenged, either in him or in those around him. Right before the interval, it's shown how Raja, trained in martial arts, uses his other senses with intelligence to make up for that. There's a kind of empowerment in that. In fact, even the antagonist is shown to be in awe of Raja's skills.
The best part about 'Raja the Great' is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The movie is filled with slapstick humour and silly scenes that elevate the first half before things get a little serious in the second. Few scenes at the end seem draggy, with a song popping up out of nowhere just when you think the movie is done.
The same-old tale of damsel-in-distress and boy-saves-girl is employed in the film, with the key point being that the protagonist is blind. Tanikella Bharani (as the father of Deva), Radhika, Rajendra Prasad (as a suicidal tea estate owner) and Srinivas Reddy (as Raja's best friend) are good at their roles. Vivan shines as the stylish Deva, a psychotic goon who just wants revenge. Mehreen is given a role with limited scope to perform and she manages to be good at what she's offered.
Ravi Teja though, is the star of the show and he's simply a treat to watch on-screen. Watching him essay the role of a blind man, who's a bundle of positivity, is nothing less than fun. The way his blindness is used to craft certain scenarios, and especially the fight scenes, is entertaining. Watch this film if you want to watch a fun popcorn-entertainer with numerous cameos by familiar faces! Give it a miss if you're looking for a story-backed film.