Happened to watch Mukunda's Preview Show. Liked what I saw and thought shud spread the good word abt it.
Was curious to watch Varun Tej on screen and eager to see what Addala brought to the table this time around.
Plot: Revolves around an inspirational small town youth and his face-off against the Big Bad of the Town. This is not your typical formula film of the present day.
1st Half: Starts of well establishing the Hero & the villian. Goes against the trend of introducing a Heroine and starting a love track. Confrontation and Hero elevation scenes are handled well. Interval Bang is interesting.
Overall - Good.
2nd Half: Maintains the pace well. Despite the plot being predictable, screenplay is good. The last half an hour is almost like a separate track and ends decently.
Overall - Above Average.
First things first, this is one of the best debut platforms that any Hero from the bigger stables got. The most refreshing thing is that this movie bucks the present commercial formulas and stale comedy tracks of Hero entering Villian's house to create confusion. Yes, there is no Brahmi. It is almost like a throwback to the Rebel 80's movies which made Chiru a great Star. Like one of those where Chiru stands up against the injustice of the village head played by Rao Gopala Rao, this is a modern take on it. And it is no coincidence that their successors reprise those roles.
Though plot is predictable, there are a lot of fine elements and pleasant surprises. How about the Hero & Heroine not even talking to each other even once? How about Addala coming up with great Hero elevation/mass action scenes? The first fight was great, like a jr version of Athadu's field fight. For a change, the Hero is made to look sincere and very responsible towards the society & friends. Love is just a side track for him. I felt there were shades of Leader/Banam in a more commercial way.
The confrontation scenes between Varun Tej and Rao Ramesh are fantastic and a treat to watch.
Pity that their confrontation is kinda lost somewhere from the middle of the 2nd half. And then like other Addala's movies, he has his own version of climaxes where you aren't sure if that was it. Its almost like there was an extended 2nd climax. And in his typical fashion, for all his elevation, there is not much of drama. Actors like Prakash Raj and to an extent Nazer are almost wasted. And then there are the usual cliches of Bad Politician, his beautiful daughter and Good Cop/Bad Cop.
But end of it, the good things of the movie stay with you more than the not so good. Good lead Pair, a subtle love track, great dialogues, fantastic fight scenes, wonderful songs/BGM and the natural feel of the movie which cud hav happened in any small town are assets for the movie.
Varun Tej: This guy is a race stallion from the Mega Family. Fantastic screen presence with the typical angry young man look. He is made for mass movies. He doesnt get to talk a lot. Short, crisp dialogues. Good voice. Acting/expressions are ok, decent for a debutant. Got a feeling that he shall only get better and shall use his strengths well.
Rao Ramesh: Want to declare something here - Move aside Mr. Prakash Raj, we now have our own great Character Artist. Ramesh is simply fantastic. He just elevates the movie through his menace and dialogues. He is a great successor to the great Rao Gopala Rao. One thing is clear, Ramesh can do any role of Prakash Raj, but Prakash Raj simply cant play Ramesh's characters and cannot give those subtle Telugu mannerisms, nuances and dialogues.
Heroine Puja Hegde: Looks pretty and there is great chemistry everytime the lead pair is close to each other. Am sure we shall see more of her.
Others: All the Villian gang was really good. The Hero's friend starts well but gets irritating by the end through his routine immature track and ever looking for the Hero to bail him out. Rest all were good for their roles.
Srikanth Addala: One thing is clear now. His movies deserve to be watched atleast once irrespective of their fate. His movies are so refreshing for the fact that there is a beautiful 'scene next door' feel to them and his conviction to buck formulas and attempt to tell his stories in a clean, fresh manner. He shall end up as one of our greats. Proved he has a very good Mass touch too.
An impressive debut by Varun and a refreshing platform given by Addala.
I liked it a lot. Most neutrals might find it abv avg. It is a feast for Megas. A unanimously likeable Hero since Pawan.
Rating : 3.5/5
[size=78%]Courtesy : Lax and posted in ccdb[/size]