Starring: Vikram Prabhu,Lakshmi Menon,Thambi Ramaiah
Director: Prabu Solomon
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Boppanna [Vikram Prabhu] shares a great rapport with his elephant, Manikyam and both lives together. Temporarily, Boppanna heads to a tribal village Devagiri to save one of his well-wishers and due to circumstances pretends his elephant Manikyam to be kumki and helps the villagers in chasing wildlife elephants from the village.
Meanwhile, Boppanna happens to see Singi [Lakshmi Menon], daughter of village head and falls for her. As the story proceeds, there occurs a situation where Boppanna and Manikyam have to chase a wild and mischievous elephant which destroys houses and crops of farmers every year.
Did Kumki and Boppanna succeeded in chasing the elephant? Will the villagers get rid of the problem forms the crux of Gaja Raju…
Vikram Prabhu has given a convincing performance especially his understanding with the elephant is incredible. Being son of Prabhu Ganesan and grandson of Sivaji Ganesan there were good expectations on Vikram Prabhu. And the actor has excelled with his performance in the debutant venture itself. Lakshmi Menon has proved her mettle and delivered a good performance.
Thambi Ramaiah has surpassed with his timing and he is a treat to watch. Beyond these, the other cast had no good or convincing roles.
Gajaraju has got one of the finest camera works from Sukumar. The forest locales were scenic and beautifully captured. Songs composed by D. Imman are good and they look more beautiful on screen with Sukumar’s photography. Screenplay is predictable at times and pace is slow. Editing is fine. Seshank Vennelakanti’s dialogues are okay.
Brilliant cinematography by Sukumar is one of the major assets of Gajaraju that keeps you hooked to the screens. The plot line is quite good but its wafer thin line which is revealed in the first hour itself, it moves on predictable mode and the pace of the story is slow. While the tragedy climax might not appeal to all, the fight shot looked unrealistic due to its poor quality CGI effects. Gajaraju has lot of Tamil nativity which might not liked by most of the Telugu audiences.
Gajaraju is an Innovative story with brilliant camera work; but go for it, if you don’t mind excessive Tamil nativity.