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Tiger review: This tiger roars

Sundeep Kishan and Rahul Ravindran in the film  

What’s a Telugu movie without some stance on morals and comment on society? Like many other movies, Sundeep Kishan, Rahul Ravindran and Seerat Kapoor starrer Tiger does too. But in good moderation. Dialogues aren’t heart-wrenchingly emotional nor do they need chest-beating delivery.

The storyline is simple and straightforward but it’s the well-written screenplay keeps you wondering what’s next. The story is about friendship, love, a bit of possessiveness but mostly focuses on honour killings.

Seerat Kapoor plays the pretty Ganga, in love with Vishnu (Rahul). They meet at a college symposium and then go on to work together in Hyderabad.



Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Rahul Ravindran, Seerat Kapoor and Sapthagiri

Director: Vi Anand

Genre: Action-romance

Music: S.S. Thaman

Bottomline: A fun watch

Sundeep plays the title lead — Tiger and Rahul is his best friend. Both grow up together in an orphanage. All this is narrated well, without making it a sob story.

The movie also doesn’t open with Tiger clawing the screen or roaring to make his presence felt.

In a chase sequence, Rahul meets with an accident and is hanging on to dear life imagining the fate of an unclaimed body in a strange city. Someone wants him dead, but luck has it that he is alive by a few breaths. He, with his eyes opened but in an immobile state, wants to tell a passer-by to stop clicking photos to be uploaded on facebook and instead help him. He wants to live, not to fight against those he wanted to kill him, but wants to live to save someone’s life.

As he waits in that state, the script reveals who he wants to save. In some time, viewers also get to learn about the people and incidents that changed his life.

Soon, Tiger enters the scene with his Rajahmundry dialect and the movie takes a different turn.

But the pace of the movie doesn’t change. Just when a viewer sits guessing about a missing link in scenes, the link is smartly revealed. So, the script was well handled.

Shifting between Kashi, Rajahmundry and Hyderabad, the team does a good job of showing the gorgeousness of the Arch bridge over the Godavari and the old Havelock bridge. Songs and dances are limited and nothing to take back home. Since it’s a Telugu movie, everyone in Kashi speaks in Telugu, which sounds a bit odd but can be overlooked.

The background score, in some portions, will remind you of the opening lines of ‘Appudo Ippudo’ from Bommarillu.

The movie has its share of humour and slapstick comedy. Sundeep should work on his dance steps but scores on action and dialogue delivery with lines like ‘addam vaste mee head ki head undadu’.

This article has been corrected for a factual error.


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