Raja (Sharwanand), the son of market yard owner and ex-cop Prakash (Jaya Prakash) is an honest guy with a series of break ups. One fine day on the way to meet his girlfriend Bangaram (Dhanya Balakrishna), he accidentally meets Priya (Seerat Kapoor), the daughter of the city’s police commissioner Dilip Kumar (Sampath Raj). Both of them flirt with each other for their own reasons. On the other hand, the city is stricken by serial kidnaps of various big shots like Mnister Govind Raju (Kota Srinivasa Rao), MLA Munu Swamy and commissioner Dilip Kumar is the in charge of the investigation of the same. Naeem Pasha is a smart sub-ordinate to Dilip Kumar trying to help commissioner in the case but is often ignored. Commissioner hatches a plan to trace out the kidnapers and tries using Raja as a prey in his plan. How did Raja take part in the plot and change the course of the mission forms the plot of the story.
Sharwanand: You will see a new Sharwanand in the film. This ‘Raja’ was the key entertainer with his different histrionics, outstanding ease, sharp comic timing and contemporary comedy. He looked like a million bucks in the film.
Seerat Kapoor: Meet the new gorgeous curly beauty. This newcomer has managed both her dialogs and act well. She looked a perfect match to Sharwa in the film and could strike awesome chemistry with him. On top of it, she was glamorous too – what else is needed!
Sampath Raj: This ‘Mirchi’ fame 'Villain Raja' is yet another entertainer in the film. Apart from his shrewd looks, scenes between him and Sharwanand are entertaining.
Jaya Prakash: He is the newfound ‘father’ to the industry. This popular supporting actor in Tamil was equally impressive along with his counterparts.
Adivi Sesh: He got into the skin of the character of a cop with ease and this ‘Raja’ is indeed a surprise for you in the film.
Vidyu Raman: This chubby cheek girl is the new attraction in the film. Scenes between Sharwa and her are hilarious.
The rest of the cast including Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Jabardast Shankar, Jabardast Chanti, Ali, Prabhas Seenu and others are fitting enough to keep you entertained all through!
Sujeeth (former short filmmaker) has proven the popular sentiment (that short filmmakers couldn’t make it big) wrong with this film. Though the script looks familiar, he was successful in narrating a simple heist plot in the most entertaining way. The way he presented Sharwanand and the entire story without the fun factor missing throughout is appreciable.
First Half: This is absolutely eye pleasing and entertaining with the character introductions and the plot set up. Sharwanand, Seerat Kapoor, Sampath Raj are the ones to watch out for in this segment. Romance, Fun and a bit of suspense are the catch out elements in this segment. Of course the lag and duration in this segment are the only concern.
Interval Bang: This is certainly one of the most unpredictable ones in the recent times.
Second Half: With ample twists, turns and a key flashback episode, this segment is the key asset of the film. Though songs increase the duration of this segment, the fun factor is not missed.
However, Second half outshines the First Half.
* A simple story yet entertaining narration.
* Lead cast performances especially Sharwanand, Sampath Raj, Adivi Sesh and Vidyu Raman.
* Contemporary comedy and dialogs that strike the chord instantly.
* Top notch cinematography.
* Good music.
- Despite the fact that the songs are grand, they looked a bit coerced especially in the second half.
- Lack of intense narration might actually leave you with nothing to retain from the film.
- The characterization could have been crafted better.
Music by Gibhran (‘Vishwaroopam’ fame music composer) was afresh, catchy and entertaining. The re-recording was also engaging enough.
Cinematography by Madhie was top-notch especially in songs like Bujjimaa, Coma Coma, Vastava Vastava. Production values in the film were 'A' grade. Even short film stars like N. Sudarshan Reddy (Naku Kopam Vachindi fame) and Ashok (Devudu Chesina Yedavalu fame) were given short yet funny characters in the film. And the director Sujeeth himself appears in a small scene!
Run Raja Run is a well-made cocktail with fun, romance and suspense mixed in right proportions! It is a bindass time pass entertainer and an outright paisa vasool. Friends, Lovers or even families can book your tickets right away without apprehensions. [RRR - Strictly not for critical cine-goers and avid world cinema followers!]