Take a large popcorn pack and a small empty plastic bucket to watch Raviteja reprise the role that Denzil Washington essayed in Man in Heat and which Amitabh Bachchan did in Ek Ajnabee and which Tamil actor Arjun did Aanai. You will need the popcorn in the first half of the movie and plastic bucket in the second half. Denzil played the guardian angel for the girl and he teaches her how to swim faster and come first while Raviteja teaches the girl to run fast.
And she also comes first. But Denzil pales in comparison to the colourful swashbuckling hero who twirls his moustache and has a glare that can melt ice cream. While Denzil was trained by CIA, Raviteja is trained by the badlands of his 500-acre fiefdom on the fringes of Godavari river.
Raviteja enters the frame chasing down a person, shooting him in the leg and them pumping bullets into his chest. Next we see him breaking bones of a bunch of thugs with folded hands. How he does it and why he does it pans out slowly over the next two hours as he dances with two heroines with his smile intact.
Telugu films usually have sub-plots while this one has two plots that fail to meld into each other. The director tries to cash in on Raviteja's mass appeal trying to tap the urban as well as the rural audience. In the process he stumbles with a plot that fails to go anywhere. If your credulity is not stretched by a feudal lord chasing down a commando and putting out his daylights, then an IPS officer getting a cop to protect him and his family sure does. Though the movie is a let down, Raviteja's style, mannerisms and dialogue enliven the proceedings. He does it with such élan that at one point when the villain fires his pistol, you either expect Raviteja to catch the bullet, or dodge it like Keanu Reeves in Matrix. While Tapsee enjoys herself with her urbane style, gregariously chatting and networking, Kajal Agarwal with her sparkling eyes is wasted as she plays the role of a village belle. The comic interludes with Ali and Brahmandam fail to work. The Ekedekada song picturised on Tapsee has a foot-tapping rhythm, while the others cannot even be recalled after you step out of the cinema hall.
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