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Temper: NTR at his best

NTR in Temper  

Director Puri Jagannath loves to highlight the grey shades in his hero and gives his films a negative title, makes it a habit to blame destiny and in the garb of colloquial language, uses profanity on women. His stories are most often recycled but the audiences tend to ignore it because of his strength in writing dialogues. They are witty, logical, philosophical and highly populist and never mind if we have seen and heard it before, he gives it a different flavour and colour. This time it is another Businessman-like story but written by Vakkantham Vamsi, that has a more intense script and a finer finish, packed with the auteur’s punch in dialogues delivering wholesome entertainment.

Taking the clichéd ‘bad cop turning good’ plot forward, Jagan opens the movie with a badly bruised NTR (Daya) on a beach narrating his past; the prelude is filled with lines as to how he is used to being mauled by life and why such knocks are necessary to turn human. For at least a two good hours, we see NTR’s bromance with another baddie Waltair Vasu (Prakash Raj) and it is only when the story is inching towards the climax, the bad SI Daya undergoes a sudden transformation.What makes one root for the story is the credibility with which NTR performs, after Yamadonga this is by far one of his finest works. If the dialogues help him show the brutality in him, the speechless moments that he portrays in the court in the final scenes show what a fine actor he is. Giving away the story would be like stripping the film of its high point but there are cringe-worthy moments as well.





Director: Puri Jagan
Cast: NTR, Kajal
Music: Anup Reubens
Plot: A bad cop turns good in the final moments and how!
Bottomline: The hero is Vakkantham’s script




Posani Muralikrishna knocking the gates of the judge’s home just before the criminals are being hanged reminds one of the 60s and 70s movies and is laugh inducing. The romance between NTR and Kajal is insouciant as ever and a certain dialogue again brings out the perversion of the director. The strength of the story lies in Puri Jagan’s clarity, at no moment he is in a hurry or tempted to show the hero’s softer side.

Posani Krishna Murali’s role is crucial in holding a mirror to the inspector’s character throughout the film. The songs too come in at the right time and place. Kajal does a good job but she will find herself out of the race if she doesn’t watch her weight. Prakash Raj is a pleasure to watch and Vennela Kishore goes on harping that he is a flutist, not a flautist.

What this film needed desperately was personality and character and this time it gets both. Prakash Raj tells NTR on one occasion ‘ neeku Sunny Leone ni gift isthunna’, poor Ms Leone, she finds herself being used liberally despite the Censor Cuts. Anup Reubens continues his success streak by dishing out the best number in the film Ne Panikimalina Yedava.... The most hilarious part of the film though is showing NTR as a child growing up watching cop films aspiring to be a cop and guess whose films they are? Obviously grandfather’s, father’s and uncle’s. There is no separate comedy track as such but this is a fun film just not for NTR fans. NTR at his best!

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