The film, directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala, is a sequel to Nagarjuna's earlier hit Soggade Chinni Nayana
Soggade Chinni Nayana was one of the biggest hits that Nagarjuna has ever had for the Sankranthi season through his career and it's natural that an announcement about its sequel, Bangarraju, will generate excitement among the actor's fans and moviegoers. Bangarraju's shoot is complete and is all set to be the only major Telugu release for Sankranthi on January 14. This time, Nagarjuna teams up with his son Naga Chaitanya, who's paired alongside Uppena star Krithi Shetty. The film's trailer was launched today.
Naga Chaitanya plays the role of Chinna Bangarraju in the film, the grandson to Bangarraju, the title character played by Nagarjuna. He's introduced as a charmer who's a hit with women, has a way with words and enjoys life to the fullest. There's a romance brewing between him and Naga Lakshmi, who's contesting for the village sarpanch elections. Despite initial friction, the two fall for one another. For a reason yet to be revealed, Chinna Bangarraju is possessed by the ghost of his grandfather Bangarraju, who has unfinished business in the village.
Like the prequel, Bangarraju has romance, humour, an element of devotion and folklore packaged in perfect measure. Naga Chaitanya in what's his massiest avatar to date looks to have found his groove in the rural drama space and one can witness vast improvement in his comic timing, dialogue delivery and body language in Bangarraju. Nagarjuna looks his effortless best yet again and his on-screen chemistry with Ramya Krishna is a delight to watch. After Uppena, Krithi Shetty too looks comfortable in the rural terrain, brimming with enthusiasm.
Kalyan Krishna Kurasala, who directed Soggade Chinni Nayana, helms Bangarraju as well and composer Anup Rubens too continues his successful collaboration with Annapurna Studio again. Faria Abdullah, Naga Babu, Chalapathi Rao, Rao Ramesh, Brahmaji, Vennela Kishore and Jhansi form the supporting cast of Bangarraju. Ace writer Satyanand has worked on the screenplay while Yuvaraj has cranked the camera for the same. Zee Studios has co-produced the film in association with Annapurna Studios.