Rana Naidu

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Rana Naidu
Promotional poster
GenreAction
Crime drama
Created byKaran Anshuman
Based onRay Donovan
Written byKarmanya Ahuja
Anany Mody
B. V. S. Ravi
Vaibhav Vishal
Karan Anshuman
Dialogues:
Vaibhav Vishal
Screenplay byB. V. S. Ravi
Story byAnanya Mody
Directed bySuparn Verma
Karan Anshuman
StarringRana Daggubati
Venkatesh Daggubati
Suchitra Pillai
Rajni Basumatary
Gaurav Chopra
Surveen Chawla
Music bySangeet-Siddharth
ComposerJohn Stewart Eduri
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producersMohit Shah
Pearl Gill
ProducersSunder Aaron
Sumit Shukla
CinematographyJaya Krishna Gummadi
EditorsNinad Khanolkar
Manan Ashwin Mehta
Running time39–50 minutes
Production companyLocomotive Global Inc.
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseMarch 10, 2023 (2023-03-10)

Rana Naidu is an Indian Hindi language action crime drama television series on Netflix directed by Karan Anshuman and Suparn Verma.[1] Produced by Sunder Aaron under the banner Locomotive Global Inc.,[2] it is the official adaptation of the 2013 American crime TV series, Ray Donovan.[3][4] It stars Venkatesh Daggubati, Rana Daggubati, Suchitra Pillai, Gaurav Chopra and Surveen Chawla in lead roles.[5][6][7] The series released on 10 March 2023, via Netflix.[8]

Premise[edit]

Rana Naidu makes a living by fixing the messes left behind by his famous clients. He is known as the "fixer of the stars," and he takes his work very seriously. Rana struggles at home and his connection with his wife and two children is irreparably damaged, despite the fact that he is skilled at fixing problems and assisting people in leading tension-free lives. The situation is made worse by the fact that his estranged father Naga Naidu is released from prison after serving 15 years for a crime he never committed. Naga wants to mend his broken relationship with Rana and his other two sons in order to become the father he failed to be when he had the chance as he gears up for vengeance.

Cast[edit]

  • Venkatesh Daggubati as Naga Naidu; Rana, Tej, Jaffa, and Arjun Naidu's father
  • Rana Daggubati as Rana Naidu, Naga's son
  • Sushant Singh as Tej Naidu, Rana and Jaffa's elder brother
  • Abhishek Banerjee as Pawan 'Jaffa' Naidu, Rana and Tej's younger brother
  • Suchitra Pillai as Tara, Naga's love interest
  • Surveen Chawla as Naina Naidu, Rana's wife
  • Rajesh Jais as OB Mahajan, Rana's boss and politician
  • Gaurav Chopra as Prince Reddy, Bollywood actor; OB and Rana's associate
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Surya Rao Naidu/Surya Mohammed Khan, Naga’s older brother and former boss; Tej, Rana, and Jaffa's uncle
  • Rajni Basumatary as Nyla, Naga's former love interest and Arjun's mother
  • Adithya Menon as Srini, Rana's right-hand man
  • Flora Saini as Kavya, OB's sister-in-law and mistress
  • Priya Banerjee as Mandira Sharma, Bollywood actress and Farzad's girlfriend
  • Nishigandha Wad as Vandana, OB's wife
  • Ashwin Mushran as Farzad Soonawala, Prince Reddy's producer; OB and Rana's associate
  • Tenzin Dalha as Arjun Naidu, Rana, Tej, and Jaffa's half-brother
  • Mukul Chadda as CBI officer Ejaz Shaikh
  • Bodhisattva Sharma as Rehan
  • Afrah Sayed as Nitya Naidu, Rana and Naina's daughter; Naga's granddaughter
  • Lauren Robinson as Laura, Rana's investigative assistant
  • Supriya Aysola as Padma Naidu, Surya's wife
  • Saurav Khurana as Cricketer Zayed Mirza
  • Milind Pathak as Vijayawada Maharaja
  • Siya Malasi as Chandni
  • Abhishek Bhalerao as Inspector Malvade
  • Anuj Khurana as Aman / Prince Vithal
  • Janu Kumar as Pamma
  • Zessica Harison

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The series was officially announced on 21 September 2021 by Netflix media press release.[9]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography commenced from October 2021.[10] The series was officially wrapped up shooting in May 2022.[11][12][13]

Marketing[edit]

In September 2021, a short clip from the series was released from the Netflix Tudum event.[14][15] The series official teaser was released in September 2022.[16][17] The official released on February 15, 2023.

Release[edit]

The series is streaming on Netflix from March 10, 2023,[18] in both Hindi and Telugu languages.[19][20]

Reception[edit]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo for The Hindu wrote "Beneath all that dressing up of sex, alcohol and expletives, Rana Naidu has an undercurrent of pathos. Cinematographer Jayakrishna Gummadi uses warm and dark tones to accentuate the grim atmosphere, aided by John Stewart Eduri’s background score."[21]

Raghu Bandi for The Indian Express wrote "The overall story-broken family working hard to come together-actually suits Indian sensibilities. But the way it is treated is not to everyone’s taste."[22]

Saibal Chatterjee for NDTV rated 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote "As a series of ten episodes of an average of 50 minutes each, it had the potential for significant tonal variations. A lot of it remains unrealised because the show never quite breaks into a canter. Parts of Rana Naidu are monotonous."[23]

Deepa Gahlot saw a mix of violence and sex in the series and wrote for Rediff.com in her review "Profane language is now par for the course for series about gangsters and a liberal sprinkling of cuss words do not even register anymore. But even so, the overuse of the 'G' word is simply annoying."[24]

Vijayalakshmi Narayanan for The Free Press Journal rated the series 1 star out of 5 and wrote "With cusswords and sexually explicit scenes hitting you like a ton of bricks, you'd have to wonder how 'Rana Naidu' was approved for viewing despite 'College Romance', a relatively harmless show about youngsters, facing a legal notice from the Delhi High Court for 'obscene and vulgar' language."[25]

Deep Haider of India Today rated the series 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote "Rana Naidu could have been a welcome relief from the worldwide wokeness that has afflicted our creative spaces. It does not."[26]

Udita Jhunjhunwala of Scroll.in wrote "It appears as though the creators directed Rana Daggubati to be one-note. If so, he’s aced it. He rarely smiles and barely gives his rage a break. In the moments when Rana Naidu quietly, but visibly, masks his judgement or extends a compassionate gesture, you feel a connection with him, but briefly."[27]

Haricharan Pudipeddi for Hindustan Times wrote "Rana Naidu takes the whole family dynamics and gives it a sinister twist. Here’s a family that’s more flawed than one can even imagine."[28]

Sanchita Jhunjhunwala of Zoom TV rated the series 4 stars out of 5 and wrote "A well written and directed series is one which has a balance of what it tells us it has to offer. As a crime drama, there's just enough crime going on and at the same time, there's also a lot of drama - be it the family, the kids, or the politics, among other things."[29]

A reviewer of 123telugu.com wrote "The web shows allow the makers to produce content without any censorship restrictions, and when the adult content or foul language immerses nicely in the narrative, there won’t be a problem. But in Rana Naidu, the skin show and cuss words are used way more than the requirement, irritating the viewers."[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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