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Bandipotu: They almost had it all

The film industry never tires of borrowing heavily from the English folk lore hero Robin Hood. While Mohan Krishna Indraganti’s latest offering Bandipotu borders on similar lines it remains to be seen if the director can keep it afloat or have it resigned to the same fate as several others with half-baked scripts.



The film opens with Vishwanath (Allari Naresh) a con artiste duping unsuspecting rich folk who according to him have more than they require. As he goes about successfully pulling off several con jobs he is followed by Jhanavi (Eesha) who secretly records all his misdeeds, much to his chagrin. But Jhanavi has just one demand – she wants Vishwa to dupe three of the richest men in the state for having cheated her father and getting him jailed for no fault of his.



Moved by her story Vishwa agrees and along with his side-kick Tellabbai (Sampoornesh Babu) sets out to cheat Makarand (Tanikella Bharani), Sesha Giri (Rao Ramesh) and Bhale Babu (Posani Murali Krishna). What ensues is a series of comic sequences that keep the audience in splits, but whether Vishwa is actually able to pull off his con jobs without the three suspecting him forms the rest of the plot.



Genre: Comedy
Director: Mohan Krishna Indraganti
Cast: Allari Naresh, Eesha, Sampoornesh Babu, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani
Plot: A con artiste and his side-kick go about robbing the rich and corrupt
Bottomline: A strictly one-time watch


While the movie makes for an interesting one-time watch don’t have very high expectations. Though entertaining, there are a few loopholes in the plot that can be rather glaring. For instance, how is it really possible for a man to single-handedly dupe three rich men without a hitch? Would somebody really sign off and hand over a cheque for Rs. 10 crore to a man he knows recently duped his one-time business partner? That’s just the director banking too heavily on his hero to keep such questions at bay.



Nevertheless, Bandipotu makes for a one-time watch and the cast has essayed their roles rather well. Allari Naresh as the confident and suave con man is convincing, while Sampoornesh Babu provides comic relief in his limited screen time. Rao Ramesh is as usual quite good in his role as the rich and conniving Sesha Giri, while Tanikella Bharani as the greedy antique collector and Posani Murali Krishna as the gullible politician are entertaining. Even Srinivas Avasarala essays a small role in the film as Makarand’s assistant Cheekati Prasad. Eesha as Jhanavi emotes well but has nothing much to do in the film.



Although Bandipotu’s story is nothing new and banks on the same old Robin Hood-esque style of cinema, Mohan Krishna Indraganti’s treatment of the script makes it watchable; except for the few loopholes. It probably needed the director to push the envelope a bit more.



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