Socio-fantasies are very tricky subjects and it’s vital to score in both the aspects. They have to be woven well enough to not make it incoherent. The fantasy part comes with a lot of must-haves like decent graphics and should not be unintentionally funny. A movie like Soggade Chinni Naayana which showcased pure entertainment in all its trailers accommodating the fantasy part makes one curious. It’s difficult to accommodate and the director couldn’t achieve that. As evident from the trailers, Soggaade definitely has a lot of entertainment factor, but the rest of the elements are lackluster.
The movie unfolds in Rajamundry where Ram (Nagarjuna) and Seetha (Lavanya Tripathi) come for a visit. Satyamma , played by Ramya Krishna is the mother of Ram and learns that all is not well between the couple. Ram is a workaholic and is always preoccupied. Sita is miffed with his behavior and asks for a divorce. Satyamma is worried about her son’s married life and whines her sad state with the photo of her husband Late Bangarraju. Bangarraju meanwhile is enjoying his stay in ‘Narakam’ with his unending playboy tales. Yama Dharma Raju (Naga Babu) sends him to the earth to help Satyamma. The rest of the movie is about what Bangarraju does to save his son’s marriage.
The movie begins with some awful VFX of snake in a temple and luckily this lasts for 5 minutes. After that the movie becomes increasingly entertaining. Especially the scenes introducing the main characters – Two Nagarjunas and the leading ladies are amusing. The chemistry of Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishnan is no less than a fire cracker. They were absolutely amazing in the film and probably the major factor in making the movie watchable. The first half is mostly about Bangarraju trying to make his geek son manly enough to impress the upset wifey. It’s filled with lot of light-hearted moments that continuously bring a smile on your face. You get tired of the sinking relationship of Ram and Sitha with redundant scenes. But, you might not get tired even for a moment when Bangarrajua and Satya having the quirky, cute and naughty conversations. However the last hour bcomes a burden for the viewer where the ‘villain’s get serious, Bangarraju gets serious and the VFX snake starts irritating us.
The movie had a great scope for music but Anup Rubens couldn’t produce even a single good track which could have helped the movie much more. Also, Nagarjuna as Ram was a bit out of place. He was supposed to play a workaholic but it seemed like a slightly matured version of Kamal Hasan of Swathi Muthyam. Brahmanandam hardly created any laughter moments. Lavanya Tripathi was impressive and Sunita’s sdubbing made the character shine. Cameos by Anasuya and Hamsa Nandini were pretentious and boring.
It was good to see a big star film set in a village backdrop after a long time packaged in what we usually call as a ‘family entertainer’.
To sum it up, the movie’s asset is Nagarjuna-Ramya Krishnan’s incredible chemistry which will almost make it up for the rest of the mess.