'Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu' is a nice political satire, that can be easily watched once.
What's it about?
Rambabu (Pawan Kalyan), who is brought up as an orphan, despite his mother being alive, forms a strong resolution to correct wrongdoings in society. If he reads something that is wrong, he reacts immediately. This character is liked by Ganga (Tamannah). She appoints Rambabu as her protégé in the channel that she works for. What happens at his work as a journalist due to his character is what the film is all about.
He faces politician Rana Babu (Prakash Raj) and his reactions to the challenges that come his way form the main plot of the film. Meanwhile, Ganga starts to develop a crush on Rambabu and this is the sub plot of the film.
How are the performances?
Pawan Kalyan gets a character that is designed to suit his real life persona. His outbursts are heartfelt and emotionally engaging. The pre climatic speech given by him is one of the best scenes of his career. As usual, he is superb with his comic timing.
Tamannah gets a character that requires her to act in a certain way. In the Telugu film industry, we rarely get to see a heroine have a full length character. Tamannah tries her best, but she succumbs to over acting at points.
Prakash Raj is, once again, super effective as an antagonist. His highly charged performance, delivered with the right conviction and emotion, elevates all the scenes he is present in. All his confrontation scenes with Pawan Kalyan have come out very well.
Kota Srinivasa Rao once again showcases his mastery in emotional scenes. His recorded speech during the second half truly shows us the range of this versatile character artist. Ali and Brahmanandam have limited screen time but their comedy comes out well. There is absolutely no vulgarity in their comedy which has been a recurring phenomenon off late. MS Narayana gets a decent role and he is fine. Gabriela Bertante is a bad choice although the intent for the character is correct. Others like Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Uttej, Nazar have very small roles, but nonetheless, add value to the movie with their presence.
The first half of the film is a bit slow compared to second half. The director seems to have worked out some sequences and those have come out very well, but the rest look half-baked and could have been better if there was more time devoted to the script of the film.
Puri Jagan is known for making films at a very fast pace and this has, perhaps, hampered this film. He has an interesting plot but its full potential is never realized. His best comes out only in a very few sequences and the rest of the film looks rushed.
The editing is good and cinematography is okay. The music by Mani Sharma is big letdown and the background music is underwhelming too, barring a few sequences.
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