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Producer: A.Mahesh Reddy
Director: K Raghavendra Rao
Music: M M Keeravani
Casting: Nagarjuna, Anushka, Pragya Jaiswal, Jagapathi Babu, Saurabh Jain, Brahmanandam, Aditya Menon, Rao Ramesh, Raghu Babu, Pruthvi Raj, Vimala Raman, Ashmita and others
Ram (Nagarjuna) who dreams of seeing God in real, on the advice of his Guru Padmananda Swamy(Sai Kumar), becomes expert in playing dice and also later goes on tapas. But failing to realize his dream he returns back to marry his relative (Pragya Jaiswal).
He however after getting a call from his Guru, leaves everything and goes to Tirumala. Find out more about how Rama realized his dream of seeing God (Saurabh Jain), watch Om Namo Venkatesaya on silver screen.
Nagarjuna performed very well and infact he did not act but lived in the role of Hathi Ram baba. He resembled the very devotee with his dialogues, mannerisms, expressions. He showed right kind of emotions to elevate the role and mesmerizing movie lovers. Saurabh Jain performed well and attracted in his role as Lord Venkateswara. Anushka carried gracefully in the role as devotee Krishnamma.
Pragya Jaiswal is glamorous while Vimala Raman and Ashmita is good as Goddess Padmavati and Bhudevi. Rao Ramesh showed his trade mark villainy and his dialogue delivery is good. Jagapathi Babu and others got limited scope to perform.
Music of Keeravani made good impact. All the songs highlighted the power of Lord Bajali and the importance of Tirumala. Background score elevated the scenes. Gopal Reddy's cinematography captured the natural beauty and art director beautified it with natural looking sets. Bharavi's dialogues made good impact. Editing is OK but some of the drags could have done away with.
Raghavendra Rao despite the limited story available with him beautified it with his style of romantic elements. He could have included few more interesting conversations involving Lord and the devotee to make it more interesting rather than glamour treatment. Production values are fine.
Very little information about Hathi Ram Baba
Slow second half
Resemblance to Annamayya, Sri Ramadasu
K.Raghavendra Rao who is good at devotional entertainers came with Hathi Ram Baba about whom people are unaware of. Though very little is mentioned in the history, K.Raghavendra Rao decided to film it using his experience. So one should be clear that he has very thin story and this is seen on screen. Raghavendra Rao however made up for it, elevating the scenes involving God and the devotee and good conversation between them. Dialogues played important role in elevating the scenes. First half starts smoothly with interesting narration about how Hathi Ram Baba lands in Tirumala from Rajasthan and how he decides to cleanse the corrupt system.
Second half goes off track a bit after the interesting interval bang. Pre climax and climax is OK but one gets a feeling that they are dragged a bit. Raghavendra Rao attracted with his screenplay and direction. He beautified the film with art director erecting extravagant sets, cinematography capturing the scenic location and getting melodious music. For all the efforts film attracts only old people and those interested in knowing about Hathi Ram Baba. Family viewers will enjoy if they ignore the repetitive feel in devotional films.
Om Namo Venkatesaya gives devotional delight.
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