Ramarao On Duty - Boring and unimpressive

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Rating - 2.25/5

Cast - Ravi
Teja, Divyansha Kaushik, 
Vijayan, Venu Thottempudi

Director - Sarath Mandava

Writer - Sarath Mandava

Producer  - Sudhakar Cherukuri

Cinematographer - Sathyan

Editor - Praveen
K. L.

Music - Sam C. S.

companies - 
Sri Lakshmi
Venkateswara Cinema, 
Team Works

story is set in the 1995 Chittoor district. Ramarao is an honest govt officer
who is very sincere in his duty but to help common man he uses the flaws in law.
He is transferred to his hometown where he finds a link to the case of many
people missing. How he solves the whole mystery is the rest of the story.

The first half
starts on an impressive note. Hero's introduction scene is good but after that
director took too much time to establish the characters. Though there are
some good moments the movie moves at an ordinary pace. The interval-bang also
lacked the punch. 

In the second half,
the director tried to impress by involving many characters and adding layers to
the suspense factor, but all the twists are predictable from a large distance.
The director could have stuck to the investigation part, but he inserted the
romance and family track for the sake of formula which did not help the movie.
Also, the sudden shift of the hero taking the case personally was not
registered properly. He could have made a commercial entertainer or a thriller
but by mixing both genres he could not do justice to any.

Raviteja looked
good in a different role this time which does not have the usual energy levels,
but he maintained the intensity of the character. Divyansha Kaushik was just
present for the namesake. Rajisha Vijayan had a good introduction, but her
character goes nowhere. Venu Tottempudi who returned to the big screen after 9
years was fine in a corrupt police officer role. Tanikella Bharani, Rahul
Ramakrishna, John Vijay, and others were apt.

Camera work was
innovative in opening scene and forest backdrop scenes. Songs appeared as speed
breakers, but the background score was good and tried to elevate the mood of
the film. Dialogues were good in important scenes, while the usage of English
looked unintentionally comic in a few scenes. Even though action sequences were
nicely choreographed they lacked punch due to no strong lead scenes.

Overall, Ramarao on
Duty had a good potential to be a thrilling ride, but lost its way with improper execution.


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