My Rating: 2.75/5
Banner: Sri Venkateshwara Cine Chitra
Cinematographer: Rasool Ellore
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Editing: Goutham Raju
Story: Vakkantham Vamshi
Direction: Surender Reddy
Cast: Jr NTR, Tamannah, Shaam, Payal Ghosh, Prakash Raj, Jayaprakash, Raghubabu, MS Narayana etc..
Release Date: 6th Oct 2011
Tony (NTR) is a street-side goon in Mumbai who does anything for money and is currently in Hyderabad.
He comes across Niharika (Tamannah) and falls in love with her. After an initial yes and no, Niharika also falls in love with Tony. Meanwhile, Tony joins the gang of Sarkar (Jayaprakash Reddy) and through a sequence of events he reaches the mafia don Azzu Bhai’s (Prakash Raj) brother.
But he starts killing one by one and this leads to conflict between him and Niharika. However, Tony’s killing mission is all for a reason and it has a long flashback. What is that flashback? How is Niharika involved in that? What are the various traits of Tony? All this forms the rest of the story.
NTR Junior comes across with reasonable performance. He underplayed when compared to his natural instincts of histrionics. He was good in dances and delivering few punch dialogues.
Tamannah has come up with a performance driven role. Overall, she did a decent job. The much wanted glamour treat has not worked this time. But still she glowed well in a couple of songs.
Prakash Raj has done this several times. For a change, he arrives only during the second half but as long as he is there, he makes his presence felt.
Payal Ghosh got a meaty role and she made good use of it. Jayaprakash Reddy brought few smiles as Sarkar with his dialogue delivery. Raghu Babu was equally funny as chain Shiva.
Shaam came and went, same with Sayaji Shinde. Rahman was neat. M S Narayana was apt. Murali Sharma was not used to his potential. The other artists just did their bit as required and filled the screen.
* First half
* Etching of NTR’s character
* Second half
* Dragged sequences
* Stereotype climax
* Lack of conviction in key scenes
* Avg Music
Surender Reddy proved his mettle as an action and entertaining director with ‘Kick’ so the expectations were high on this one.
With the positive pre-release hype that was making rounds, everything looked set. And watching the first half makes you feel that you can expect another super hit. The interval bang raises the expectations.
But things begin to spiral down during the second half. As such, the thought process of the director is understood but he was unable to conceive it with the right punch on the screen. He lost crispness in narrating. Had the scissors worked well on second half, it would become a better film.
There are those fluctuations which are easily seen and one can feel the drag. The good side of the film is the different treatment to the script and giving an elevation to the heroine’s character. But due to the lack of depth in certain scenes, few situations pass off lightly.
For NTR fans, this will be a different treat. Except one or two high octane dialogues, most of his character is about guessing and unpredictability.
If the makers had focused on increasing the comedy track in the second half along with providing a convincing climax fight sequences, the film would have been a lot better.