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shankarabharanam’s aggressive promotions generated a huge buzz for the film. Starring Nikhil and Naditha in the lead roles, this movie has hit the screens today. Now let’s see how different this attempt by Kona Venkat and Nikhil will turn out to be.
gautam(nikhil) is an American Indian who leads a carefree life. one fine day, he finds out that his father (suman) is bankrupt and has huge debts. With no other choice, Gautam’s mother decides to sell her ancestral palace in Bihar and assigns this task to Gautham.
gautam lands in bihar only to learn that his ancestral palace is occupied by his huge extended family. A disillusioned gautam makes a plan to sell the palace, and just as he is about to close the deal, he is kidnapped by a notorious criminal gang.
what will gautama do now? How will he escape this deadly kidnapping? and how will he solve all his financial problems? that forms the rest of the story.
Even though this movie is a loose remake of the bollywood film phas gaya re obama, the way kona venkat has set it in tollywood standards is pretty cool. nikhil looks fit as nri and plays him with a lot of sincerity. He has worked hard on the American accent and manages to pull it off decently.
nanditha is well in her role and skillfully supports nikhil. But the real star of the film is Pruthvi, a 30-year-old in the industry, who evokes superb comedy in the film. all his one-liners and his hilarious cop role is a huge plus for the movie. saptagiri also does a decent job of livening things up for the first half.
The second half is where the real story begins and it has some decent moments. the comedy hits, the whole episode with sampath and nikhil is well designed during the climax. there are some fun elements here and there that keep you entertained at times.
kona venkat has clearly revealed in all her interviews that she has left the bakra type template with this movie. but sadly the same thing happens here too and the only difference is that she makes a fool of herself with too many gangs instead of just one.
Anjali’s character is weightless and a star actress has been wasted on such a small role. after starting the process on an impressive note, the feeling is completely lost. as stated above, except for some saptagiri histrionics, the first half doesn’t have much going for it.
Also, there are several episodes of kidnapping and money deals that sometimes create a bit of confusion. the first ten minutes of the second half seem silly.
Credit must go to the cameraman for his splendid work. the way he has shown the rustic places of bihar is quite brilliant. furthermore, the locations chosen and the production values are quite impressive. music is below average and could have been better.
kona venkat’s script is jaded as many scenes go haywire. the editing is fine, but certain familiar scenes in the first half could have been avoided. Coming to director Uday, he has done a sub-par job on the film. the concept and story were good, but the narrative and execution were pretty ordinary.
In general, shankarabharanam is good only in parts. a lengthy first half, slow narration, and subpar execution of crucial scenes spoil the effect most of the time. Having said that, you can give this movie a try just for its unique plot and pruthvi’s comedic jabs here and there.
123telugu.com rating: 2.75/5 reviewed by 123telugu team
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