Director Rajamouli is known for his commitment. Since his debut film, Student No. 1, he has no looking back and all his five films were proved hits. After gaining confidence on himself, he chose to bring out a film, different from routine.
He took up a socio-fantasy subject for his latest project. He knows very well that the success of this movie would give him a double hattrick and he made it. Rajamouli reportedly told Tarak (NT Rama Rao) that he should shed his weight for the film and the latter strictly followed his advice and turned an altogether new NTR for the movie. Rajamouli's experiment really did wonders and made the audiences watch an extra-ordinary film that was beyond the expectations of all the audiences in general and NTR fans in particular. It is like a home production for Rajamouli.
Keeravani supported him with excellent music, while Cherry and Urmila coordinated with him with financial support, while his wife Rama Rajamouli acted as the presenter of the film. After giving two blockbusters like Student No. 1 and Simhadri, the combination of the director and hero repeated the history that the two could do wonders on the celluloid.
Raja (NTR) is a petty thief. He loses a big amount from a contract for stealing a gown as the one who employed him dies suddenly. So Raja chides Yamadharma Raju (Mohanbabu) for the loss. Incidentally, Yama was in a conference of devatas and they laugh at the chiding of Yama by an ordinary man. So Yama bores a grudge and gets him to Narakam. Unable to bear the mischief of Raja, he sends him back as he has some more years of life. But the grudge remains with Yama and he is out to take a revenge by bringing him back to Narakam. Meanwhile, Raja falls in love with Mahi (Priyamani) who was a millionaire, but gets ill-treated by her relatives, who were guardians of her property. Whether Yama was able to take revenge or not? What happened to the love between Mahi and Raja forms part of the climax.
Artistes' performance :
NTR looked in a different way in a very slim personality. He improved a lot in the body language and as dances is his forte, he enthralled the audiences with his extraordinary dancing skills and also in action scenes. He was able to show fantastic expressions in sentiment scenes as well. Especially, his get up as Young Yama, reminded the late NT Rama Rao. The moment he appears on the screen in a mythological get up, for a moment, the audiences would remain spellbound and feel as if the late NTR again appeared on the screen. Surprisingly, after a couple of minutes, really the late NTR appears on the screen and encourages NTR. While coming to comedy, NTR maintained superb comedy timing and there is no need for a special mention that NTR excelled in every sphere on the screen.
Priyamani, the main heroine of the film, looked gorgeous in songs. She competed with NTR in dancing and really their combination looked very apt, especially in the wake of NTR becoming slim. The selection of costumes for song sequences was also good. The costumes did not give scope for exposing and at the same time made the heroine appear romantic in those clothes.
Mamata Mohandas' character was kept to prolong the story and also to give a twist to the story before the climax. She also looked romantic but the director moulded it with a little rough nature. She had put up brilliant performance and also rendered a song along with NTR which was a remix of the late NTR.
Mohanbabu enthralled the audiences as Yamadharma Raju. He did complete justice to the role and showed perfect comedy timing and also elevated the image of the character. His body language, dialogue modulation, show of expressions, comedy timing once again proved that he is a versatile artiste. Director Rajamouli, keeping his image in v