Banner: JB Entertainment
To throw: Sai Dharam Tej, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ramya Krishna, Jagapathi Babu, Srikanth Aiyyanger, JP and others
Cinematography: Mr. Sukumar
Music: Mani Sharm
Editor: KL Prawin
Producers: J Bhagavan, J Pullarao
Written and directed: Dev Katta
Release date: October 1, 2021
Sai Dharam Tej, victim of a traffic accident, has still not been released from the hospital. The young actor’s wish is to see his latest film, Republic, come out safely. Thus, the film was released today in theaters.
Let’s find out its merits and drawbacks.
Abhiram (Sai ââTej) is a brilliant student. He obtains an appointment as a district magistrate in his own district.
He loves Myra (Aishwarya Rajesh), who has just returned from the USA in search of her missing brother, a doctor.
While Abhiram takes the charge of collector, Myra is raped by the same gang that killed her brother. Besides saving Lake Telleru (name changed to Lake Kolleru), which has been polluted due to the fishing industry owned by politician Vishaka Vani (Ramya Krishna), he must also fight for Myra.
Can a collector bring real change to the system that has been corrupted beyond repair?
Sai Dharam Tej delivered a moderate performance in his career for the first time. As a civil service officer with integrity, he is suited to the function. He does justice.
Ramya Krishna has a limited presence in the film, but she leaves her mark with her on-screen presence.
Jagapathi Babu appears as Sai Tej’s father, and his work in the second half of the film is impactful.
Aishwarya Rajesh gets a minor character again.
Mani Sharma’s songs are passable. The bottom score is ok. Mr. Sukumar’s cinematography is excellent. The dialogues are stimulating but heavy.
Slow-paced docu-drama / narration
Too many cinematographic freedoms
Director Dev Katta has directed many films, but the hard-hitting “Prasthanam” is the only film moviegoers are still talking about.
To make a comeback, he chose the genre of socio-political thriller for his latest âRepublicâ release, but the scriptwriting lacks the spark it showed earlier. The story he wanted to tell has relevance, but the story is the problem.
From the start, the film turns quietly, with a serious tone. Nowhere in the film do we find a compelling storytelling. The episode of Sai Tej trying to become an IAS officer dragged on.
In the second half, the struggle between the politician and the collector is too superficial. The “philosophical” joke between Sai Dharam Tej and Ramya Krishna does not concern us.
Plus, there is no such thing as a powerful villain. Even the character of Ramya Krishna is not presented as an outright villain. She is also a victim of society. She became such a corrupt politician after seeing the plight of her idealistic father.
Even people who wanted change are also corrupted after a while. Hero’s father is one of them. So, all seemingly negative characters have a “reason” and a story to become as such.
When the hero also fails to fight the system, the audience does not connect to his journey. In “Republic”, the hero talks so much about philosophy (that only a few can understand) and vows to bring about a change in the system. What we see at the end is a huge disappointment.
The system itself is the problem and that’s what the director tried to convey, but the dark ending doesn’t go well with the majority of the audience. He undermined heroic worth.
There are many stories – those of Rahul Ramakrishna, Jagapathi Babu, Ramya Krishna, etc., which made the film longer. The author of the dialogue in Deva Katta dominates throughout the film but clarity of thought is lacking.
The final courtroom sequence is unrealistic. The main judge of the three benches delivering the judgment on the spot after hearing the hero’s speech has too much cinematic freedom.
In addition, the director openly attacks the Shiv Sena festival for having come to power on the âanti-South Indianâ level.
But when it comes to talking about the “caste” system and other problems in the Telugu states, he uses “euphemisms”.
The heroine’s brother is half Indian and half American, and the episode hardly serves the purpose of the main story. His character must have been included to show the stark difference between the systems in India and the United States (which are supposed to have a solid system), but his thread running through the hero’s main problem lacks commitment.
Overall, the intent of “Republic” is appreciable and the subject matter meaningful, but the narrative is lackluster and feels like a documentary. While Sai Dharam Tej’s performance and dialogue are positive aspects, the film makes a lackluster watch and falls far short of the liking of the regular moviegoer.
At the end of the line : No punch