|Main Cast:||:||Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vedhika, Sonal Chauhan,|
Ruler Movie Review - Concussion inducing Mess
Star Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vedhika, Sonal Chauhan, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Bhumika Chawla, Shayaji Shinde, Naagineedu, and Saptagiri
Written by Parachuri Murali
Music by Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography by Ram Prasad
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Directed by KS Ravikumar
Produced by Chillara Kalyan
Runtime: 2hrs 50 minutes
Films come and go but an actor who became a star lives longer than the movie. He or She manages to open well each of their movies, irrespective of their previous movie results, at the box office. Balakrishna became such a star 30 years ago and even though he has the least success ratio among the star heroes of Telugu Cinema. Whenever he scores a hit, the movie collects bigger than any other movie that loses money. Now, after films like NTR biopics, which failed miserably at the box office, NBK is back with Ruler.
The movie doesn't try to explain, why he is known as a Ruler or what does he rule. It is used as a title for his film because his fans like to call him as a Ruler. Also, it doesn't have a story to write about. It just tries to follow all the commercial films of the 80's and present them in the same manner. To say there is a story, Dharma (Nandamuri Balakrishna) is a police officer in UP and he hails from a farmer family. He is a savior of all 200 families who are settlers in UP and they migrated from AP.
Local Thakur (Prakash Raj) lends them his land of 5000 acres and he plans to distribute power of attorney to them after 30 years, according to the law. Before he could do so, his brother intervenes and kills his son-in-law who belongs to a lower caste and threatens to kill his brother's daughter (Bhoomika) too. Elder Thakur is protected by Dharma and his village. But they start facing issues from the Government and goons of Younger Thakur. In one encounter with his henchmen to save Bhoomika, Dharma jumps out of a moving train along with one goon. After 2 years, Arjun Prasad (NBK) comes to this village to set up a solar panel plant and they think he is their Dharma, is he?
K.S Ravikumar once made movies that really defined the commercial formula and he even directed entirely different films to balance these over-the-top commercial ones. These days, he is outdated and his success rate is almost zero, in recent years. Still, Balakrishna gave him Jai Simha, which became an average grosser and now, they are back with Ruler. One would love to ask KSR to happily retire as an actor rather than making these kinds of films. From the word go, the movie doesn't really attract your attention and it keeps moving at such a snail pace that you believe this is a huge punishment for some mistake you might have committed unknowingly.
The sequences lack logic, the dialogues lack punch and the performances lack any kind of vigor. Balakrishna either needs to come out of these old school stories or choose directors who can mix the old and new flavors, well enough. He is even losing his charm as a man who can deliver powerful lines on the screen. His voice seems to have grown older than his body. He tried to pull off David's steps, performed action sequences and even made an effort to look younger than his previous films. But his story selection is still a very very old school.
He made find these stories fascinating and powerful but such old school stories are routine even on him. His fans too cannot keep supporting him even after such bad movies. He needs to change and do it quickly. None of the things in the film work and if you still want to see it, you must curse your luck.
Bottom line: A composite of all the garbage you can ever think of as a writer.