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Speedunnodu: In need of speed limit

Bellamkonda Sreenivas in Speedunnodu

Bellamkonda Sreenivas in Speedunnodu  

Encouraged by Thamizh Padam,director Srinivasa Rao came up with a remake Sudigadu four years back and it worked. This time too he relies on another Tamil movie Sundarapandian, which revolves around a youngster who goes that extra mile to help a friend in love. In short, he tries to mediate and play cupid for a friend and instead falls for the friend’s love interest. Film buffs will hardly find the last 20 minutes — being publicised as a great climax — as anything special. The basic problem is that the essence of friendship is not felt despite all efforts made to portray the hero as a do-gooder.

The auteur makes the first half of the film a thorough entertainer with a racy screenplay and well-established characters. However, the conflict point doesn’t arrive for a long time, and you wonder how long it will go on. Fights and dances don’t make an actor a hero; there is also a decent story here though it is outdated.

Sreenivas needs to go through the grind a lot more. The film is backed by sporadic and amusing dialogues such as, abbayi ammayi yenakala padithe loafer antaru, adhe ammayi padithe offer antaru. Just as in Soggade Chinni Nayana, here too there is a sacred thread that is tied around the hero’s wrist and once that slips off, he is in the throes of death. The number Bellamkonda Puvvuladhanda is corny and some scenes involving Prudhviraj are crude. The comedian should go slow and watch out what he is doing otherwise he will lose his audiences. Kabir Duhan Singh’s role is surprisingly marginal.

Songs in exotic locations, item numbers of Tamannaah don’t make a mark. Music and cinematography pass muster, Artistes like Rao Ramesh, Prakash Raj, Sreenivas Reddy, keep the film together but the story itself has no great content that will hold your interest. Sonarika fills in the glamour quotient and Sreenivas Bellamkonda should be focusing more on his acting rather than his suits, blazers and glasses for registering his presence. Speedunnodu is an apt title as the actor takes impulsive and emotional decisions and the story too is quite racy.

Speedunnodu

Cast: Sreenivas Bellamkonda, Sonarika

Direction: Bhimineni Srinivasa Rao

Music: Vasanth

Plot: A youth risks his life for friendship

Rating: 2 stars

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