Raja The Great – Movie Review

Raja The Great is a through and through mediocre film. Starring Ravi Teja and Mehreen Peerzada, RTG revolves around Raja, a blind guy, played by Ravi Teja, and how he comes to the rescue of Lucky (Mehreen) when she’s in trouble.

The only novelty in this otherwise mundane, predictable film is that the hero’s character is blind. Other than that, there’s nothing particular that can be appreciated in this film. It’s not bad either. This films falls in the category of films we now-a-days call “time pass” movies. The first half of the film is long, the second half is longer. This could mean the editing was bad, or it could simply mean that I was too bored to enjoy a predictable film. The film stretches, a lot. Long drawn out sequences with Ravi Teja talking in his high-octane voice do not help. Mehreen on the other hand remains silent for the most part. When she does have to emote, it falls short. Honestly, her act is like that of a school kid doing a stage-show. It’s as if she is waiting for the word “action” to display whatever she’s learnt ASAP and be done with it (this can be seen very clearly in one particular scene). The hallmark of a good actor is his/her ability to own the role they are doing, no matter how small it is. Mehreen has a long way to go on that front.

The second half is equally predictable and familiar. It’s longer, though. Songs do not come as speedbreakers, as there is no speed here (lol). They are misplaced and quite frankly, a waste of run-time. There are hardly any catchy songs in the album. The writing is inconsistent. Sometimes you don’t understand why a certain thing happens but it just does, to no real use. Doesn’t make sense, really.

Radhika Sarathkumar plays mother to Raviteja and she’s alright. Tanikella Bharani sleepwalks through a simple role. The antagonist Vivan Bhatena has the looks and expressions, but needs to work on lip-syncing big time.

Srinivas Reddy fits the bill of Raviteja’s wingman. Raviteja’s comedy is what makes this film bearable if not likable. If Raviteja’s comedy doesn’t go down well with you, there’s literally nothing you will like about this film; you will most likely regret wasting your time over this soul-less film.

I’m going with 2.5 out of 5!

PS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

Nene Raju Nene Mantri – Movie Review

Nene Raaju Nene Mantri is Teja’s comeback movie after a string of flops. Popular for romantic movies, Teja tries to attempt a political drama this time around and both fortunately and unfortunately, it’s the romantic thread in the film that walks away a winner, towering over everything else in the film.

The film plays out with Kajal being the centerpiece of all the drama. Almost everything in the film will be rendered meaningless without her character Radha. A bundle of warmth and love and compassion, Radha is the apple of her husband Jogendra’s (Rana) eye. Childhood sweethearts become husband and wife and their world seems lovely, with Jogendra running a money-lending business and Radha being a loving housewife. However, things turn ugly pretty quickly and their life together starts to fall apart due to an unholy nexus of power, ambition and lust, even as Jogendra’s political career witnesses an upward curve. What happens to this couple in this mess forms the rest of the film.

The film starts off almost immediately, establishing the lead characters pretty quickly and giving us a gist of their everyday life. The first half seems long, but the chemistry between Jogendra and Radha is a treat that keeps us watching. The second half gets more serious but also loses its way, and never fully recovers. The pre-climax and climax portions are the fatal blows. But, for some, these might actually be the most entertaining portions of the film. They didn’t go down well for me because of one important reason – Radha Jogendra (as he likes to call himself out of love for his wife) is shown as a hero of sorts, people praising him and chanting his name and doing all kinds of dharnas (against his arrest, at one point in the film) for him. This treatment should have been avoided as, honestly, Jogendra’s connect with and love for these people was long gone already, at best it was intermittent – it was only Radha who remained true to her character all along. Jogendra wasn’t half as lovable anymore as those scenes project. Anyway, enough with this rant!! :’)

Despite the heavy dose of political drama this film offers, its best moments are the romantic ones. The chemistry between Jogendra and Radha is enviable. It’s their love story that stays with you. Rana is earnest. His eyes and smile don several roles as they emote love, anger, sadness and a variety of other emotions as needed. Navdeep is alright as the wingman but he deserved more screen presence. Sivajiraja is a constant beside Jogendra and he fits the bill. Catherine was just okay but deserves a pat on the back for the efforts she put into dubbing for herself. The show-stealer, however, is Radha. She is the soul of the film and lends the character, and the film itself, a sort of class and dignity. NaChaKi once told me that all of us evolve as movie-goers. We “graduate”. The same is true for artists as well. She might have more to offer, but with this film, Kajal has really graduated. This is one film she should be proud of. She shines in her career-best performance! Half a century on a great note! 😉

The songs are speed-breakers. With some better editing, this film could have been much more than what it is now. Teja’s attempt works overall, but the memorable portions of the film are those that have always been his forte.

I’m going with 3.25 out of 5!

PS: All the images are YouTube screenshots from the film’s official trailer. Also, the film is available on Amazon Primevideo.

Raju Gaari Gadi 2 – Movie Review

RGG-2 is a crushing bore.

To start with, there’s no Raju gaaru here. Nitpicking about the movie’s name aside, the film itself is bland. It’s supposed to be a horror comedy. It ends up being very less horror (read: very very very very very less) and some tasteless comedy sprinkled over a paper-thin plot. Three friends – two tharki dudes and a “decent guy”, as the other two call him, start a resort thingy. There’s a ghost in the resort. Nagarjuna is a mentalist they consult to solve this ghost problem. You know the drill from here. The movie plays out EXACTLY as you think it would. Sam’s there, so she must be the ghost. And voila! she is. No surprises there. And this isn’t even a spoiler honestly. I bet EVERYONE knows this/guessed this already. The trailer itself made it clear, despite trying in vain to shift the focus to Seerat being the ghost. Trailer cut fails.

They really should stop showing such a big moon. That’s not how we see it. -_-

The movie itself fails too. The first half is dead boring. 30 minutes into the film and NOTHING happens. I knew I wasted money on this in the first 30 minutes of the film. If you have seen enough bad films, you know one when you watch one for a good half an hour. And it just gets worse after the first thirty minutes. Several innuendos follow. The comedy is so bland that I sat straight-faced through most of it. But I could find a few people in the theater ROFLing, so either the movie sucks or I do. Post intermission, things get even predictable. The film STAUNCHLY follows the set blueprint of movies of such kind. So, obviously, we have a flashback. Rao Ramesh features in it and he’s one of the few good things about his film. His was a brief role but when did a role’s length stop this actor from delivering his best? He’s effortless. Apart from him, however, the second half doesn’t better the whole experience either. Sure, it’s marginally better than the first half, I’ll give it that, but that’s it.

Firstly, I have a problem with how conveniently the character of a mentalist is introduced in the form of Nagarjuna. There is a scene demonstrating his mentalist abilities and even this seems so dull. I probably would have liked it more had I not been watching The Mentalist (starring “Smiley” Simon Baker), a series with a man with these abilities as its protagonist. I usually don’t compare, but the whole mentalist thing here seems faded in comparison. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series inspired the character. Nothing wrong with it, absolutely. I’m just saying.

Samantha tries to do her best but cannot better the overall impact. The music is unnecessary and direction is second-rate at best. BGM “underlines” every “horror” scene, which are few and far between to start with, and that’s never the mark of a good horror film.

I’m going with 2 out of 5!

PS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

Spyder – Movie Review

I searched a lot but I couldn’t find – and didn’t stay back for the end-credits as well. So here’s a request: Someone please let me know the name of the kid who played the young Bhairavudu!

Because that kid will go places.

Mahesh is a CBI officer (his only duty being tapping “suspicious” calls) and he gets mixed up in some really messed up shit! How he saves his family, and everyone else, from a lunatic is what the movie is about.

The first half is rather short, at 1 hr..and isn’t boring. It’s not amazing either. Just fine. Pre-interval portions are really good. Post the intermission, the film is a mix of highs and lows. While a lot of stuff actually happens in the second half, it feels kinda lame at more than one place. In these lame portions of the film, cinematography and BGM save the day. The VFX are a letdown but buildings do come crashing down and a giant boulder reduces automobiles, people and roads to dust. So ya, there’s enough to keep you in the seat. But so much logic is lost in the mess that is the second half, that it does get laughable and unbelievable after a point. Writing inadequacies are aplenty. If you watch closely, there will be many unanswered questions with you.

Mahesh is alright but this film will remain in my memory for one important reason: SJ Surya. WHAT A PERFORMANCE! So he’s the baddie in this film, who derives happiness out of others’ miseries. A sadist, basically. 100% sadist (the film puts the sadism at 14%, but whatever). Clearly, the character has flavors of Joker but SJ Surya inhabits Bhairavudu completely and makes the character his own. There is also a long, elaborate chunk of the movie where we see Bhairavudu’s childhood and how he became who he is – and it is CREEPY. I’m not saying it’s bad. It’s just CREEPY. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because this part of the film actually prepares us for what to expect from the adult Bhairavudu. And that’s good.

And the songs. Oh, the songs! Why does this film even have songs? Regardless of how funny and ridiculous the lyrics are, Pucchakay song is going to be on my playlist for a while from now. Editing could have been so much better! Also, PLEASE PLEASE write good roles for Priyadarshi. This role of his disappoints too!

So is Spyder worth watching? Depends, really. If watching a super sadist villain do really evil things is not your cup of tea, you might cringe at some places and you may not like half of the film. My mother didn’t, for instance. If you can appreciate the beauty in the crafting of the creepy and some really really good acting (courtesy SJ Surya), Spyder makes for a decent watch!

I’m going with 2.75 out of 5, and an extra 0.25 for not showing smoking and/or drinking in the film. Well done on that front! 🙂

PS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

 

Jai Lava Kusa – Movie Review

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Jr. NTR is one of the finest actors we have today in TFI. Probably the best product of “nepotism” in TFI. And this man makes Jai Lava Kusa watchable despite its blunders. Honestly, NO ONE could have saved this film as Tarak did.

Let me not beat around the bush here.

Bobby just couldn’t create material that demands Tarak’s full potential. I mean, just look at that man perform with whatever he’s given! Despite a story that could have translated into a decent film, Bobby fails to let the characters explore themselves without boundaries. Especially with Lava and Kusa, there’s a lot of “holding back” that happens, probably because Ravana was supposed to be the character of concentration here but I don’t know, I would have loved to see more solid Lava and Kusa as well. The writing is uniformly amateurish. The first half has its own share of plain stupid elements, logic-less scenes and attempts at a “love” story between Tarak and Rashi. This is another problem I had with the film. Tarak and Rashi’s love story never really feel genuine. It is paper-thin, TBH. And at more than one place, just plain boring.

What I would have LOVED to see, on the other hand, is the Nivetha-Tarak thread. Given the acting capabilities of Nivetha and also the situation her character Simran is in, her equation with the different Taraks would have meant some amazing scenes between the duo (trio?). But sadly, no such thing ever happens. Nivetha has, like, 3 and a half scenes in a the film and two songs (or was it one? I don’t remember). It could have very well been another actress in her place because honestly, there’s nothing she/her character brought to the table here.

The story of the three brothers, of course, had to be the central theme and it did remain that for the most part. But more insight into their early lives would have made digesting Jai’s feelings for his brothers more easier. Also, Posani, who plays their uncle, had a major part to play in their lives, especially as far as shaping Jai’s character is concerned. Sadly, there’s hardly anything for him to do later. I wish things were different for Posani’s character as well.

Tarak is in literally every frame of the film, sometimes there are two of him and sometimes there are three but he never disappoints. The others are just alright. I failed to understand this – why Ronit Roy? As I said to NaChaKi a while earlier, there will be a dozen struggling actors in the streets of Krishna Nagar who will play the part just as well for a tenth of that paycheck. It’s not like Ronit Roy has a “market” in the TFI like a Prakash Raj does. What else!? Oh the background music is heavy at times and it is really irking. Music by DSP is disappointing overall.

At over two and a half hours, JLK does get tedious but Tarak doesn’t let it sink without a trace. I’m going with 2.5 out of 5!

PS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

Simran – Movie Review

Simran’s trailer had Kangana all over it. There’s hardly a second when she’s not on screen. The film itself is not any different.

Simran is yet another showcase for Ranaut’s brilliant acting capabilities. Winner of three national awards and millions of hearts, Ranaut is undoubtedly one of the country’s finest actors. She is literally in every scene in the film. She’s wonderful, no doubt, but the film falls short of being a fine one.

Loosely based on (and not mentioned anywhere in the credits) the real events in the life of Sandeep Kaur, a 30-something woman who gets addicted to gambling, ends up with a huge debt and eventually robs banks to pay off her dues, Simran doesn’t take its material seriously, especially in the second half of the film. There was so much potential here and with an actor like Kangana, national-award winning director Hansal Mehta (Shahid, Citylights, Aligarh) could have as well made this the film of the year. But the film is overly dependent on Kangana and that’s where everything else takes a backseat. Including the writing, the backbone of any film.

It’s not all bad from the start. In fact, the film does kick off well. The first half is rather enjoyable, to be honest, with only one or two dull moments. It’s the second half that falters, beyond repair towards the climax, if I must say. When you are showing us the story of a woman who robs banks to clear her debts, showing her rob the banks is important. Those scenes are important. You cannot handle them with a casual attitude. Now, I do not know if that’s exactly how Sandeep Kaur robbed those banks IRL, but in this time and age, it cannot be as easy as they show in the film. None of the banks seem to have protection and all of them seem to employ people with very questionable emergency-handling skills. And, the folks at the banks and the police department seem to be unaware of the MO of a 30-something woman who’s already robbed a couple of bank using the SAME MO. Communication gaps much? I do not know.

It was probably meant to come across as “light-hearted” treatment, but the heist sequences didn’t work for me. In fact, most of the second half did not work for me. I wasn’t shown Kangana’s inner turmoil and how she handles it as much as I would have liked or appreciated or even empathized with, for that matter. As a result, I could not invest in the final moments of the film as much as the director would have liked his audience to. Sometimes, it probably works best to keep the comedy parts and the serious stuff of a film separate, give them their own space to make an impression.

And the film’s complete lack of any other strong character (maybe apart from the dad, whose character is also uni-layered) doesn’t work in its favor. Even the MBA-aspirant dude (Sohum Shah) doesn’t get scope. The songs could have easily been done away with.

Overall, Simran could have been so much better. Kangana shines but the film, only occasionally. I’m going with 2.75 out of 5!

Yuddham Sharanam – Movie Review

Yuddham Sharanam tells us the tale of Arjun (Chay) and his wonderful family and how things go down south when they get mixed up in messy affairs. Basically, the story of how bad things happen to good people and how the good people fight the evil ones to tell us that good always wins over evil. Geddit?

This is not a new plot to the Telugu audiences by any means. But Yuddham Sharanam might work (it worked quite well for me despite its shortcomings) because of how it is presented to you. More on this later.

The film kicks off instantly and things move at a good pace until the first 15-20 minutes. It’s here that the heart and soul of Yuddham Sharanam makes its way to the screen. For an hour that follows, we are made audience to a heartwarming family story, their tender relationships and the love life of the leading man. While Revathi and Rao Ramesh play the hero’s parents, Lavanya Tripathi plays his love interest. The family bonding is shown in a very natural way and you buy into the realness of their family. The ever-dependable Rao Ramesh and the multifaceted, immensely expressive Revathi are assets to this film, so much so that the film would have been half of what it is without them. While Rao Ramesh is natural and believable to a T as the endearing Nanna, it is Revathi who steals the show with her acting. It is not dramatic acting aided with high-decibel shouting, but rather a subtle, natural one. An understanding smile, a slight nod, or full blown laughter – Revathi makes it all so believable. Like she really IS the mother of these people and the wife of Rao Ramesh.

The second half, despite the fact that everything starts to come together to form a complete picture, doesn’t feel as smoother. Writing falters at certain places. Background score too is not consistently apt. But these are the least of Yuddham Sharanam’s problems.

What could have been, should have been, MUST have been better, is Srikanth’s characterization. A tried-and-tested formula (revenge drama) like this cannot afford to have a villain whose character is not adequately written. Srikanth’s Nayak is invariably monotone. I would have loved to see more of what Nayak is and what his emotions are and what goes on in his mind. Although it doesn’t completely make up for the lack of meat in his character, Srikanth rises to the occasion and delivers a performance that is both restrained and eruptive as need be. His look is just too perfect.

This might not be the right vent for Chay’s full potential but it’s evident that he is getting better with every film. From Josh, he’s come a long way. Lavanya Tripathi fits the bill.

This movie also marks the debut of cinematographer Niketh Bommireddy. I’m not sure how the film will fare at the BO but Niketh Bommireddy surely emerged a winner! I’m already waiting for this next project! Rock on! Vivek Sagar (Pellichoopulu fame) is another talent to watch out for. Lyrics by Shreshta and Kittu Vissapragada are easy on the ears and lips. Yelugula Teraley, Enno Enno Bhaavaaley, Neevalane are addictive to say the least.

This one is old wine in a new bottle. A very beautiful-looking bottle at that!

I’m going with 3.5 out of 5!

Paisa Vasool – Movie Review

I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again now before I proceed writing this review: I have the history of disliking most of Puri’s films. That said, I tried my best not to watch and judge this film as a “Puri film” but as a “film” and film alone.

Now, where do I start? I am tired of dons and mafia and all that. I have watched enough of that shit for ten years or possibly more. In the last 5 or 6 years alone, movies with dons and mafia in them have only become more frequent, so much so that at least 3 or 4 actors played the same role in 3 or 4 movies each!! And in all these movies, they seem to come from posh foreign lands, talk in broken Telugu, are surrounded by 4 hot firangi women, talk in broken, incorrect yet posh-sounding English to look cool, have an equally evil chota bhai to do whatever nasty things they do together. And they have business connections with politicians and other powerful men in India. OK, agreed, you are imitating life. But how many goddamn times? Have you run out of ideas?

One of the many pelvic thrusts from the movie.

So Paisa Vasool has one such “don”, too. His name is Bob Marley. Hushh, I know you are laughing. It’s silly, I know. Who would choose such a name for a don? Unintentional comedy. But hold on, it doesn’t end here. NBK’s name in the film is Theda Singh (in Telugu, “theda” roughly translates to “weird”, “not straight”..and we are not talking sexual orientations here). There’s also a line from a song from the film which goes like, “koncham seedha, baaga theda”.

My usual practice is to clearly state how the first half of the movie is, followed by what I felt about the second half. I won’t be making those efforts for this review. Both are equally stupid, loud, regressive and direction-less. The film pretends to have a story but it’s all a farce. Anyone would figure that out. It’s almost like Puri wrote this film as he walked around in the sets. However routine, poorly thought-out, outdated or even silly the story is, the film doesn’t even take ITSELF seriously. There’s hardly any conviction seen in ANY scene.

Awkward.

Music doesn’t help either (why did I even think it could?). Anup Ruben’s tracks are all flat. Balakrishna puts an effort to dance and it shows but that’s not what I paid my ticket money for. There are three women in the film playing “heroines” – Kyra Dutt, Muskaan Sethi and Shriya Saran – and all three of them, okay maybe not Muskaan, are objectified, and they are at the receiving end of the film’s most regressive, cheap dialogues and behavior. Shriya is a spy (she operates a drone in the film so she must be, who are we to say spies are much more qualified and require talents other than flying simple DJ Phantoms?). Kyra Dutt is an ACP who is undercover as a prostitute. I had trouble getting convinced she was an ACP. Her acting isn’t much to talk about. She keeps getting referred to by our hero as an “item”, “lapaaki”. Muskaan sirf muskuraati hain. Usse zyaada kya hain film mein karne ku! I don’t even know the name of the villain guy. As usual, he’s meh. He’s better off at the gym working out than acting.

It’s probably time (long past, maybe?) Balayya quits doing “hero” roles, “romancing” girls half his age. Better late than never. It’s time Puri broke out of his mold. It’s getting really annoying and extremely unlikable now.

I’m going with 0.5 out of 5!

PS: Also, in a scene, Shriya asks Balakrishna if he is a smuggler (upon seeing him carry a bag of smuggled goods) and he replies, “No, I am a freedom fighter. I fight for the freedom of smugglers”. ARE YOU HECKING KIDDING ME?

PPS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

 

 

Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan – Movie Review

An official remake (also by the same director) of the Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham, Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan is a breezy tale of a man with erectile dysfunction whose marriage is to happen in a few days. Concept = 10/10.

I haven’t watched the original (although I’ve been suggested the same several times) but I can assure you that you will have a good time watching Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan. It is a cute little film and there are enough good things about it which far outweigh the minor lags, particularly in the second half, and a not-so-satisfying / kind of bland climax.

The film also kicks off rather strangely. Hardly any time is taken to introduce characters; we are just dropped into the setting that is their lives and from there on, you are on-board! By the time those annoying late-comers to the movies finish coming in the way of your watching, you see Mudit (Ayushmann) line-maar-ing Sugandha (Bhumi). Arey kuch toh batao na in logon ke baare mein? Anyway, the first is super-smooth and before you realize it, you’re half way through the film. I had problems buying into their love story BEFORE the marriage proposal comes in, though. It wasn’t given enough importance, like the part I said about establishing characters. I would have bought the emotional scenes, especially in the second half, a bit more readily had this pre-marriage love story been more convincing. Happy to report, the movie more than makes up for it in the form of some brilliant and simply funny dialogue writing by Hitesh Kewalya, screen presence of Ayushmann and Bhumi and the lighthearted treatment of the script.

Although the movie is centered on the condition of erectile dysfunction, it never goes into medico mode to throw at our faces all the facts and figures, what should or should not be done about it. It also doesn’t venture into making mockery out of the condition. There’s no pity for the character, either. Basically, very less drama about the condition itself. What we watch is not probably what happens, sadly, but you like what you watch. You wish reality was this kind and understanding. But, anyway, suffice to say there’s no Masti and Grand Masti wala humor. The film instead banks on the concept of sticking to the central theme and never wavering from it. That’s what works in its favor.

Of its 1hr 45mins, the final 10-15 are the weakest. I wanted more from those dozen minutes. This belongs to that section of films which I probably will never watch again but were fun while they played out! I liked it!

I’m going for 3.5 out of 5 for this one! Recommended!

PS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.

Arjun Reddy – Movie Review

Arjun Reddy is a weird film. Full of self-contradictions, riding mostly on a singular emotion that results in alcohol/drug abuse and smoking in practically every frame, generous dose of cuss words thrown in to lend authenticity to a character that’s not very likable.

Good character driven films are “driven” by characters that are cut out with finesse. They literally are central to the film and you cannot let imperfections come in the way of handling such characters. Thankfully, Arjun Reddy gets this right. Arjun Reddy’s character is well-defined and stays true to itself throughout the film, never trying to become someone else. The dialogues, emotion(s) and relationships that come with the character are all well done. The likability of this character, however, is a different thing altogether. I vaguely remember someone (a director, IIRC) opining in an interview that if 100 people watch a film, there will be at least 100 different opinions about the film and its characters and each person will identify with or like/dislike the movie or its characters according to their taste/interests/beliefs. That’s the idea of movies, anyway. You accept what you want, cherish what you love and discard what you dislike. Arjun’s character is not an exception.

I could see his pain, understand why he’s doing what he’s doing but never really connected to his emotions. This is not to say that Vijay Devarakonda was anything short of amazing with his acting. He inhabits Arjun with such impeccable ease that it’s almost impossible to believe that he’s an actor.

About 3 hours long, the film seems to go on for decades. It unravels at its own unapologetic, “aaraam se..jaldi kya hain?” pace. To tell a story such as this for 3 hours, all the while holding the viewers’ attention, is no small task. Editor Shashank had a job to do here and not a difficult one at that and he disappoints. Long drawn out sequences bearing no real importance in the film’s proceedings are plenty. They could be thought of as insight-providers into the depth of some characters but at the end of the day, if you are bored, you are bored and do not feel like appreciating how good the detailing was! There is, at the very least, 30 mins of chopping to do. 40-45 mins short and it would have worked even better! To me personally, since I had almost-zero emotional connect with Arjun’s character, it was like watching a neighbor go through all these things: you feel sorry for them, irritated by them and wish things were different for them and hope that were not such arrogant people for their own good, but that’s where it ends…you would think twice before intruding into their personal space and getting attached with all the senseless arrogance and stubbornness. So there I was, watching the proceedings only from the outer periphery of my neighbor’s house – never fully empathetic.

And I wish for the film’s own good that the other characters were given enough meat too. When the overall effect the central character’s having is not very pleasing (intense but not pleasing), I usually tend to seek refuge in other characters. No, don’t shift the focus from the main dude. Just bring a couple of others into focus too. I don’t want their journey. I want their journey WITH him. At some points in the film, this does seem to stem but never really takes off. Arjun’s best friend gets the best of the lot while the others are just extras. His parents too are just cameos in his chaotic life. The leading lady herself, instrumental in the creation of all the drama in the first place, gets very little to do. Hers is a uni-layered character and none of what she thinks/feels comes to the fore in a hitting, effective manner. There are hardly a dozen dialogues for the girl and she’s not bad with whatever little she’s asked to do.

Not everything went down south with this film. The director holds promise and it’s evident in the way he handled a few crucial scenes. Regardless of how I felt about this product overall, I will watch this director’s next. Camerawork is commendable too. There are genuine laughs sprinkled here and there. I really enjoyed watching yesteryear actress Kanchana gaaru on-screen again!

Overall, Arjun Reddy might cater to a niche audience. For me, it was a one time watch and a very looooong one at that. I am going with 2.5 out of 5!

PS: Trim this movie, no? Will probably make more money then!

PPS: All the images are screenshots from the film’s official trailer on YouTube.