(Mahesh Babu), an orphan, is a top-notch professional
killer in town. He maneuvers his operations with the
help of his buddy (Sonu Sood). In one such operation,
he falls into the eyes of the cops. While fleeing from
the crime scene, he unintentionally becomes the cause
for the death of a stranger called Pardhoo (Rajiv Kanakala),
a run-away youngster who wants to return home after
12 years. Nandu assumes the identity of Pardhoo and
enters his household in a remote village to escape from
the cops. The rest of the story is all about how Nandu
solves all the problems.
Babu: Mahesh Babu is stylish and brilliant as professional
killer. He suited the profile of Nandu to the tee. He
lives up to his image of Prince Charming with his mesmerizing
looks. He transformed smoothly from the character of
Nandu to Pardhoo, yet shown the variation in histrionics
that come out due to Nandu's guiltiness to impersonate
Trisha is in her elements in this film with traditional
attire and cute mannerisms. The only difference between
her characters in Varsham & NVNV and this film is
that the voice dubbed by Savitha Reddy is mellowed down
a bit, which is good. However, her role in this film
is less compared to her past films.
Sonu Sood is perfect.
Prakash Raj is adequate
as the investigating officer. Tanikella
Bharani's get-up and dialogue delivery is different
when compared to the roles he is offered these days.
Brahmaji is effectively
used for a comedy fight in this film. Nassar
donned the role of an old man. Frail voice dubbing by
SP Balu suited him. Brahmanandam
and Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
succeeded in creating good humor. Sunil
is good as loyal friend. Kota
and Sayaji Shinde are adequate.
K Viswanath did guest appearance
as CBI's local chief.
The thread of Mahesh Babu and Sonu Sood seem to have
roots in Sylvester Stallone's Assassins. The thread
of hero masquerading as some other person has similarities
to the storyline of Varasudocchadu. These two threads
are interwoven to make this story. The story of this
film is entirely different from Trivikram's earlier
films as story writer.
- direction: Trivikram is known for his class entertainers
that are loaded with sensible humor and nice emotional
quotient. He tried something different for this film.
The way he opened the film with a tree shot is terrific.
You feel like you are watching Ram Gopal Varma's film
in the first half an hour. His taking is trendy and
stylish. When the scene shifts to village, Trivikram
tries to lace in his typical humor. The screenplay of
the film is not binding enough to blend these two stories
(contract killer story and masquerader story). Nevertheless,
he could not hold the similar tempo in the second half.
The continuity and logic behind certain scenes is missing.
following scenes of the film are brilliant -
1. The first
shot where kid shoots while serving tea.
2. The rewinding scene in which Mahesh stabs somebody
in old city
3. Mahesh's bargain with Kota over telephone
4. Mahesh telling heroine that she is not beautiful
5. Mahesh delivering cash to poojari
6. Mahesh first encounter with Tanikella
7. Mahesh's fight with Brahmaji
8. Brahmanandam comedy episode (nuts & bolts)
9. Mahesh's last encounter with Kota
following scenes seem to drew inspiration from Hollywood
1. Hero jumping
into train from a skyscraper - US Marshals
2. Brahmanandam jumping through window - Meet the
following logics are unexplained -
1. What made
kid turn into a killer?
2. Why would Sonu Sood cheat Mahesh Babu for an amount
5 times more than what he is going to be paid?
3. What happened to Rahul Dev in the kid's episode
and why he reveals the names of his protégés
in the interrogation?
4. The elders and grandfather readily accepting masquerader
even without an iota of doubt.
Photography of the film is terrific. The camera angles,
shot framing, lighting effects and camera movements
are appropriate to the respective scenes. A tint is
used for the first half an hour of the film which made
this film appear like the Hollywood films made with
Mexican backdrop. Cinematographer KV Guhan deserves
a pat on his back for his fine work.
Fights by Peter Hynes are excellent. All the fights
in this film are powerful and natural looking. Only
for the fights in climax wires and threadwork was used.
Two separate fights involving Tanikella Bharani and
Brahmaji have lots of humor injected in them. It is
very difficult to make the fights appeal to Andhra audiences
when shootout (pistol) is involved. But the shootouts
in this film are an exception.
Trivikram is known for his punch comedy dialogues. This
film has limited punch dialogues compared his earlier
film, which is understandable because this story does
not allow more comedy scenes. Still, the comedy dialogues
written for Dharmavarapu and Brahmanandam are good.
The way Trivikram compared how things appear beautiful
when you watch them at the right moments by comparing
formation of love to a beautiful moonlight is very thoughtful.
His satire on using Sumos in killings is good.
Music by Mani Sharma is good. The picturization of the
first song (title song) which comes as background song
for titles is wonderful. 'Pilla gaali allari' is a teasing
song between the lead pair in house set with other artists
participating in. Neetho Cheppana song has got typical
Mexican music that is shot in abroad. Lots of bleaching
shots were used in this song. The last song 'Pilichina
Ranantava' has something for fans to cheer about. However,
the songs in this film (except for the 1st song) form
as the speed breaker to the narration. Background music
and rerecording of the film is good.
Editing by Srikar Prasad is good. Lyrics by Sirivennela
are very good, as usual. Artwork by Thota Tharani is
adequate. Production values by Jayabheri banner are
The film opens in an extraordinary style. The first
half an hour of the film is excellent. The remaining
part of the first half is good. The second half of the
film is little boring with very slow narration. The
positive points of the film are Mahesh Babu, Trivikram's
taking, photography, fights and dialogues. The negative
points of the film are not being able to blend in two
stories well and not able to get the emotions worked
out for village scenes in the second half. On a whole,
this film is a decent flick for class audiences. The
commercial success of the film would depend on how masses
embrace it. You may watch it!
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