movie: dhruva rating: 3/5 banner: geetha arts cast: ram charan, aravind swamy, rakul preet singh, nasser, posani, navadeep and others music: hip hop tamizha cinematography: p s vinod art: rajeevan editing: nawin nooli producers: allu aravind and n v prasad direction: surnder reddy release date: december 9, 2016
‘thani oruvan’, the tamil box office hit, generated a lot of buzz both inside and outside tamil nadu at the time of its release. When Ram Charan announced that he is interested in doing a remake, eyebrows were raised as the film is not a regular Masala film. however, charan was impressed by his decision and insisted that he wanted to try something new.
Well, when the teaser came out, it felt like I was trying to do something different. so does the new version work in telugu?
let’s find out.
story: ram charan plays dhruva, a newly recruited ips officer. he befriends like-minded policemen during the training period, who take some time off during the training period and quietly help the police catch criminals.
as in many movies of the past, the dhruva chief’s daughter, ishika (rakul), loves him, but he doesn’t show much interest in romance. When she confronts him and asks if he disappears from time to time, Dhruva reveals that he has a secret hideout from where he tries to hunt down various criminals according to newspaper reports.
During his chase, he realizes that a scientist named Siddharth Abhimanyu (Aravind Swamy) operates through a huge network of criminals, large corporations, and politicians. dhruva accepts the challenge of exposing the scientist. what happens next is the story.
Artist Performances: The film is dominated by the presence of the film’s villain, played by Aravind Swamy. the role he plays is charismatic and the handsome actor has played it impeccably. Aravind Swamy plays the part of him with style. in fact, his role is colorful and his act makes it very interesting. Needless to say, he totally dominates throughout the movie.
ram charan also looks better and has undergone an incredible transformation for his role. Although she received a lot of criticism for her past movies, she opted for a complete makeover and his appearance suits her well.
rakul preeth’s character doesn’t have much substance, but she looks beautiful. among other cast members, navadeep and posani stand out.
Technical Excellence: All surender reddy movies look very stylish with rich cinematography and this movie is no exception. has drawn the best work from cameraman p s vinod of “manam” fame.
The editing is slick, though the movie’s pacing and length aren’t quite right. production values and illustrations are excellent. the dialogues are precise, to the point.
Highlights: Story & Screenplay Aravind Swamy’s Performance Ram Charan’s Makeover Rich Frames
drawback: uneven pacing of opening scenes
analysis: remakes are hard to handle. especially, remaking a movie that has been highly praised by critics is even more difficult.
the tamil movie “thani oruvan” received excellent ratings and praise. so director surnder reddy hasn’t changed much from the original story in this new version.
In “dhruva”, he stuck to the basic Tamil film script, but unnecessarily extended the romantic lead about the hero and heroine, which doesn’t work well with the plot.
This is a movie where the character of the villain is more interesting than that of the hero. however, since the movie has ram charan in the lead, the director modified the original to make the hero look powerful.
The beginning of the movie is boring, but once the hero decides to take on the villain Aravind Swamy, the drama picks up speed from there.
every move the hero makes, the villain nullifies it and pushes him to surrender. And that’s when the tables are turned. This whole process is narrated in a very entertaining way. and it is very interesting due to the charismatic presence and performance of aravind swamy.
not that ram charan did badly, but it’s aravind swamy who completely dominates the show in the second half.
Even though the movie has some twists, it’s basically a good person versus an evil person, a cop versus a criminal. but the novelty of the story is the way it is staged. the game of cat and mouse between the hero and the villain is interesting.
The important scene of 8 is also explained in an interesting way.
Well, these are the positives. now let’s see what has not worked. Although the game is interesting, it dives many times. Scenes like the interval after the navadeep episode and the climax parts should have been handled better as they go on quite a bit. this is when you feel like the director might have cut some scenes.
Apart from a few minor issues, the movie is on the right track. Director Surnder Reddy’s skillful direction, Aravind Swamy’s terrific performance, and Ram Charan’s makeover coupled with good cinematography make the film worth seeing.
Overall, “dhruva” is above average and the story is its strong point.
conclusion: the villain is his strong point