TA Rating :- 3.5/5
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Cast: Nagarjuna, Anushka, Prakash Raj, Ganesh Venkatraman MS Narayana, Brahmanandham and others
Cinematography: Chota K. Naidu
Editing: Gautam Raju
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Story: Veligonda Srinivas
Screenplay-Direction: Srinivas Reddy
CBFC rating: U/A
Release date: 09-11-2012
What is Damarukam about?
Andhakasura is a dreaded demon who wanders in an invisible form even after the expulsion of entire demon tribe. He comes to know that when planets in the sky forms a particular shape (Panchagraha Kootami), he takes shape and gets the power of ‘Panchabhoothalu’ and becomes super powerful. He should marry a girl Maheswari (Anushka) born at that moment to become the emperor of the entire Universe. Only Lord Shiva can eliminate him. So, he executes the elimination through the hero, Mallikarjuna (Nagarjuna).
How did they perform?
Nagarjuna had delivered a matured performance in the role of Malli. He got in to the skin of the character and moulded himself to the role. Even in the age of 50 plus, his dedication is clearly seen in maintaining six pack and donning the Aghora get up to perfection. It takes a huge toll on the body in such age to act in this kinda role. However, he delivered it with ease.
Anushka looked beautiful in the role of Maheswari but had very little to do performance wise. Prakash Raj is good as Lord Shiva and can be termed as a decent portrayal. Ravi Shankar should take the huge honours for the role of Andhakasura. His body language, diction, acting every thing suited to perfection and had many times dominated every other character in the movie.
Comedy by Brahmanandham, MS Narayana, Raghu Babu and others is good too. Rest of the actors are okay in their roles.
Srinivasa Reddy made a name for himself as comedy director with back-to-back small-budget comedy hits like Adirindayya Chandram, Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila and Yamagola Malli Modalaindi. Getting a chance to direct a star like Nagarjuna is a dream come true for him. And it can be easily said he grabbed it with both the hands. He seem to have done good research with the story and is able to execute the script perfectly. He had taken care of every aspect of the movie very well and came out with flying colours.
Devi Sri Prasad is one of the unsung heroes of the movie. His songs are too good and back ground score is awesome and elevated the movie range to next level. This movie happens to be his 50th movie and it lived up to the promise. Chota K Naidu with all his experience is the best choice for the cinematography. Graphics by Firefly are top notch. Editing by Gautam Raju is good too.
The movie began and took off very well. There were certain predictable moments later on but they were never a burden to the flow of the movie. And the director had made sure the scenes leading to Interval and the interval bang are turned out well. The second half also started with similar promise and turned out interesting as the story unfolds. The last 30 minutes or so is absolutely stunning and is the heart of the movie. Finally, after all the initial hiccups, Nagarjuna has a winner in his hand. Go watch it!