Tiger Nageswara Rao Review: This Thief Struggles To Break Out Of Generic Territory

Sruthi Ganapathy Raman

The First Half of Tiger Nageswara Rao’s 

The story is narrated by a police officer (Murali Sharma) to officers from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s security team. They are concerned about the PM’s safety after receiving a warning from the titular decoit.

One Is An Outsider’s Perspective While The Other Is An Insider’s

The screenplay choice to tell the story of this real-life thief from two different perspectives each driving the narrative of the two halves, is the most interesting facet of Tiger Nageswara Rao.

One Villainises Him While The Other Glorifies Him

The film we see in the first half, is from Murali Sharma’s perspectivewe see the same sequence in the second half when it’s narrated by Nassar, who is described as the Dronacharya

One of Those Rare Films 

It actually makes efficient use of the intermission concept because almost all the best bits of the film emerge when the second half contradicts the claims made about Nageswara Rao's morality in the first half.

Does The ‘Mass’ And ‘World-building’ Work?

The film and its world-building get a great deal of support from the work of production designer Avinash Kolla and cinematographer Madhie, but it makes you wish the background score was more energetic.