Ruler movie Review
Nandamuri Balakrishna and director KS Ravi Kumar have joined together after Jai Simha movie to test their luck once again at the box office. But since both of them are in disasters, it is not a great step on either of them to count on luck. Let’s see how that turned out.Plot:
Sarojini Naidu (Jayasudha) owns a prestigious company and her son Arjun Prasad (Balakrishna) looks over it. Arjun is not Sarojini’s biological kid. He is just an adopted kid. When they plan to expand their business, they head to Uttar Pradesh but Sarojini Naidu is not welcomed there because of some local politics. So, to sort out the matter, Arjun enters the field. But to his surprise, he is called with a different name in UP. Everyone starts calling him Dharma and he has no idea who Dharma might be. So who is Dharma? What is the relation between Dharma and Arjun Prasad? How did Arjun Prasad deal with the issues that are left unfinished by Dharma? The answers to these questions finish the story.Review:
KS Ravi Kumar has made movies like Narasimha that are people pleasers and remained as all-time classic blockbusters. That is how he used to deal with movies at that time, but he did not upgrade himself with the trend and hence he is still making the same kind of movies he did at the time of Narasimha. The story is pretty simple. Sarojini Naidu meets Dharma accidentally in an accident. While she is trying to help him by hospitalizing him, he saves her from an attack. Because of the accident, he loses his memory and Sarojini Naidu adopts him as she is feeling grateful to him and also that he is a good person at heart, not to mention that she has no one except for a business empire. What fate does is that it brings Arjun Prasad to the very place, Sarojini Naidu wishes to avoid. The reason for that is Dharma has a dark past and Sarojini feels overprotective about him and wishes all good for him and doesn’t want to see hurt. But when situations demand, things will not go as we planned them. And in a commercial film like Ruler, with a mass hero like Balakrishna, it would be good to hide the hero because of the dangers he might face. That is the reason KS Ravi Kumar makes Balayya roar over the problems and dangers and ends the story on a routine note. Even though the story seems decent on the paper, the execution is a bit routine and generic. There are moments that Balayya fans might cherish but a general audience might not take much home from Ruler. The only good decision taken in the movie Ruler is the look of Balayya (the look of Arjun Prasad, not Dharma’s and it is better not to talk about that look as all it does is to irritate the audience and give scope for trolls). If not for that look, the audience might have felt repetitive, but because of that look, there is at least some distinction in this film with others. Since the movie is Balakrishna’s one-man show, there is no much space left for anyone else. Sonal Chauhan is an eye candy in the movie and only contributes to the glamour quotient of the film. Vedhika, on the other hand, appears as a glamor doll and contributes to the story of the film. Bhumika has a meaty role but not enough screen time. Jayasudha has great screen time for her character and she does a decent job.
Coming to the technical departments, the camera work and the production values are not only good but also stylish. The songs and the music could have been a lot better. As of now they are just generic and don’t add to the film. The edit could have been a lot crispier as the second half is pretty lag.
The fans of Balakrishna will enjoy the film and have some good moments, but the normal audience might not feel the same as they will be busy with being bored and criticizing the film all along.