Writers: Shivgopal Krishna (hindi dialogue), Teja
Stars: Kajal Aggarwal, Ajay, Annapoorna Amma
Runtime: 2h 33min
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Released: 11 August 2017
Plot: Purnima Sriram Iyer of The New Indian Express termed Nene Raju Nene Mantri a “riveting political drama”; Iyer found the narration “gripping and enthralling” and the dialogues “hard-hitting”. She added that Teja writing was effective enough to let even a politically-ignorant person “enlightened about the subject”. Hemanth Kumar, writing for Firstpost, called Nene Raju Nene Mantri the “cinematic equivalent of Newton’s Third Law of Physics” where “every action is met with an equal and opposite reaction”. Kumar noted that the leads’ performances and Teja’s writing are the film’s strengths, adding that Aggarwal’s portrayal of Radha was the “biggest revelation”. Karthik Kumar of Hindustan Times noted that the entire film is built on the bonding between the lead characters, with the political backdrop used only “to give the story a solid padding”. Kumar was appreciative of Daggubati’s performance: “[His] powerful screen presence takes everything up a notch and it’s a treat to watch him turn from good to grey.” Suresh Kavirayani of Deccan Chronicle praised the performances and the portrayal of emotions such as love, hatred, smartness and cruelty handled by Jogendra. He, however, felt that the second half suffered from an “overdose of sentiment”.