Centurion makes a mark

TRIED AND TESTED: Allu Arjun and Aditi Aggarwal make promising debuts.

TRIED AND TESTED: Allu Arjun and Aditi Aggarwal make promising debuts.  

Gangotri (TELUGU)

Cast: Allu Arjun, Aditi Aggarwal, Suman, Prakashraj

Mus: M.M. Keeravani

Dir: K. Raghavendra Rao

A WELL-MADE film, no doubt, K. Raghavendra Rao took every step to make it so to entertain the audience with his 100th venture. Besides, Allu Arjun (son of producer Aravind) is introduced to play the lead. He fits quite well into the role of a teenager and a responsible one at that. And the love theme set between him and a young girl Gangotri (Aditi) has all the trappings of a traditional love theme with a poor boy and rich girl backdrop. Keeravani gives good music. The only disturbing aspect is the set up of routine faction war. But it is set in low key. But the final fight scene set between Arjun and a battery of henchmen of landlord Neelakantham (Prakashraj), against the backdrop of Himalayas is worth watching. By the time you complete watching the new talent in Arjun in about half a dozen scenes, he sinks into our mind. The boy displayed pretty good talent in acting, dance, fight and diction. Similarly another talent Aditi playing opposite him also leaves her mark.

Prakashraj and Suman brilliantly present the two main roles of landlord Neelakantham and his trusted lieutenant Narasimha respectivly. Neelakantha Naidu is neck deep in faction fights. But for his trusted lieutenant Narasimha (Suman) he would have already been lynched by his opponents. Narasimha and his wife (Sita) also enjoy the love of Neelakantham. Narasimha's son Simhadri (Arjun) gets drawn to Gangotri, the only daughter of Neelakantham right from childhood. Neelakantham gives her the name of Gangotri on an astrologer's suggestion because she has `jalagandam'. Simhadri becomes her body guard-cum-playmate.All goes well tillNarasimha falls from the grace of Neelakantham due to some misunderstanding. The falling out of friends, killings and the young lovers plight form the rest of the narrative, which is done quite interestingly.

Director Raghavendra Rao renders the film as a lesson to show how various elements in a film can be best used to create a perfect balance. The Himalayan locations demand skilful photographic work. Chota K. Naidu meets it. There are plenty of other roles filled with veteran artistes. Among them performances by Tanikella Bharani Sita and others adds lustre to the drama. Dialogue is balanced. However, one felt that references to `Chiranjeevi' and `Indra' quite unnecessary. By now everybody knows the hero is the megastar's nephew. Such mention needlessly creates artificiality. The film is worth watching.


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