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Instant Movie Review #32 (Express Raja)

Merlapaka Gandhi's - "Express Raja"

1) Direction
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Comedic Sequences
4) Performances
5) Music and Background Score
6) Cinematography

Introduction and Plot: Residing in downtown Vizag, Raja (Sharwanand) is an unemployed troublemaker who thinks hanging out with his mischievous buddies is the only way to enjoy his life. Subsequently, he moves to Hyderabad for a job and come across Amulya (Surabhi) and instantly falls in love with her. In the course of their delightful relationship, Amulya's pet dog goes missing that totally switches the entire movie into an enjoyable fun ride. 

Analysis and Technical: Whirling around a comprehensive story line, Gandhi's astute screenplay was the focal point of the entire film. The approach that he took to blend in the comedic sequences within the story line and his meticulous narration is certainly admirable. Karthik Gattamaneni's elegant cinematography and Praveen Lakkaraju's gratifying music made the film a lot better.

Performances: Sharwanand did his best with his cheerful, fun-loving character and entertained with his convivial screen presence. Actress Surabhi looked gorgeous but her action skills just felt synthetic for me. Prabhas Sreenu mesmerized me with his startling performance and Harish Uthaman looked menacing as the antagonist. But, Saptagiri stole the entire movie with his funny and uproarious performance that was outright inevitable to ignore laughing.

Verdict: Overall, Express Raja was an amusing fun rollercoaster ride to hop on and enjoy with your family. This was Sharwanad's third hit in a row and I wish he extends doing smaller films with many talented directors like Merlapaka Gandhi.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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