Satish Varma has directed Changure Bangaru Raja, while Ravi Teja produced it under RT Team Works
Karthik Rathnam, who forayed as a lead actor with the critically acclaimed Care of Kancharapalem, went on to make a mark in films and the digital medium in recent years. Some of his popular films, Naarappa, Rowdy Boys, Check and Ardha Shathabdham, and web shows, Gods of Dharmapuri and Vyavastha, helped his popularity. He recently headlined a crime comedy titled Changure Bangaru Raja.
Changure Bangaru Raja was released in theatres on September 15 and also starred Goldie Nissy, Satya, Ravi Babu, Sunil, Ajay and Vasu Inturi in key roles. Tiger Nageswara Rao star Ravi Teja bankrolled the film under RT Team Works in collaboration with Frame By Frame Pictures. Over six weeks after its theatrical run, the film is now on OTT. ETV Win premiered the film this Friday.
The film starts when Somanaidu, a villager who does odd jobs for a living, is found murdered under a bridge. All the fingers point towards his rival, Bangarraju, an orphan and a small-time, arrogant mechanic who is head over heels in love with a constable Manga. How far does Bangarraju go to prove his innocence? What connects his friend Tata Rao and a contract killer, Gateelu, to this mess?
The thriller comedy earned decent reviews upon release and had a modest run in theatres. Most critics praised the performances of the lead actors and the writing and opined that the second half could’ve been more engaging. Sundar NC cranked the camera for the film, which has dialogue by Janardhan Pasumarthi. Karthik Vunnava had edited the film and Krishna Saurabh scored the music.
“Changure Bangaru Raja is a largely impressive, partly inconsistent crime comedy with superb humour and fine performances. Debutant Satish Varma displays a good flair for comedy, writes quirky characters and establishes the rural backdrop with earnestness,” OTTplay.com's critic wrote. Given its light-hearted theme and liberal dose of humour, the film makes for an ideal OTT watch.