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SPICY STUFF: Junior NTR romancing Sameera Reddy in `Ashok'.
SPICY STUFF: Junior NTR romancing Sameera Reddy in `Ashok'.

Ashok (Telugu)

Cast: NTR Junior.,

Sameera Reddy,

Prakashraj, Sonu Sood,

Vadivukkarasi

Direction: Surender Reddy

Director Surender Reddy, known for his blockbuster `Athanokkade,' has come up with another action flick `Ashok' with NTR Junior in the lead. NTR plays the angry young man role a la `Aadi' and `Simhadri.'

As usual, the film is replete with sword fights and persons hacking one another in broad daylight.

Ashok (NTR), an automobile engineering graduate, is impulsive, emotional and high-strung. His is a close-knit family with father (Prakashraj), a sub-registrar, mother (Sudha) and sister Sandhya (Revathi). He incurs the wrath of his father for his extreme temperament and is thrown out of the house. Ashok ekes out a living as a motor garage mechanic with help of a few friends.

Enters J.K. (Sonu Sood), a gangster-cum-killer, who unable to get an MLA ticket for himself, ends up killing his opponent K.K. (Satyaprakash) and his brother (Ravi Kale). J.K.'s brother Pandu (Supreet) inadvertently pushes Sandhya while attempting to kill K.K. This irks Ashok who enters into a scuffle with Pandu.

Ashok's ladylove Anjali (Sameera Reddy) is a witness to the murder of K.K. by J.K. Anjali spurns J.K. who is besotted with her. J.K., seething to lay his hands on Ashok for thrashing his brother, now plans to kill Ashok who is coming in the way of his love. J.K.'s mother (Vadivukkarasi) helps him with a sinister plan to bring Ashok to his heels and in the process do away with him.

As per the plan, Ashok returns to his family on the condition that he will be `normal' and work in a far-off place like Delhi. As the plot unfolds, Rajiv (Rajiv Kanakala) gets killed while trying to save Anjali from J.K. and gang. Rajiv's death brings Ashok back to Hyderabad.

The rest of the story deals as to how Ashok teaches J.K. and Pandu a lesson.

NTR gives a good performance be it emotional or action scenes. Sameera has just a song-dance show. Prakashraj is his usual best while Sonu Sood and others do a neat job.

Technical expertise

Producer Valluripalli Ramesh's extravagance is writ all over the large screen, especially in the picturisation of a chase sequence with some 25 Tata Sumos, autorickshaws, lorries, buses and motorcycles. Cinematographer Senthil Kumar uses Super 35 camera for the first time in Telugu films for the entire shoot and he makes best use of technology.

Action scenes by Stun Siva are excellent. But the film is a big draw for masses.


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