(Kalyan Ram) and Anjali (Sindhu Tolani) have got a single
mission in their lives. That is to assassinate menacing
mafia guy Anna (Asish Vidyardhi) and his henchmen Abdul
(Raghu Babu) and Sada (GV Sudhakar). The story of the
film is about why they decided to assassinate baddies
and how they accomplished it.
Ram Nandamuri: Kalyan Ram did well as the cold-blooded
and undercover assassin. He suited the role of the revenge-seeking
youngster. He excelled in action sequences. He looks
dashing in serious role. However, he needs to work more
on diction in delivering mass/serious dialogues.
Sindhu Tolani (Aithe fame) is pretty cute and is given
a strong role in the first half of the film. With her
girl-next-door looks and impressive histrionics, she
is sure to win the hearts of the Telugu film lovers.
She dances with ease.
Asish Vidyardhi's character
is molded in such a way that it appears different from
his earlier films. Raghu Babu
and GV Sudhakar are adequate.
Prakash Raj excels in the small role he is given. Brahmanandam
is hilarious in his cameo. Dharmavarapu
Subramanyam scores again with his typical dialogue
delivery as a politician. Venu
Madhav's introduction is cool. Devi
Charan is good. Ajay
is adequate as brother of villain. Chandra
Mohan and Rajya Lakshmi
suit the requirements.
- screenplay - direction: It is a wafer-thin storyline
with typical revenge drama. Debutant director Surendar
has got in him to become one of the finest directors
of Telugu cinema. He is terrific in conceiving a few
action sequences. However, he could not balance the
narration with universally appealing elements. Screenplay
of the film is interesting. There are 4-5 excellently
shot scenes in the film like -
2. Hero's introduction scene.
3. The scene in which hero let out his real identity.
4. Interval block.
5. Villain's brother killing scene.
Departments: Music by Mani Sharma is OK. First song
(vana vana) is impressive. Background music in vital
scenes is exciting. Cinematography by C Ram Prasad is
good. Dialogues by Marudhuri Raja are neat. The dialogue
- 'Neeku chaavu ante bhayam. Naaku chavu ante istam'
- is good. Editing by Gowtam Raju is superior. Set work
by Narayana Reddy is good. Transformation of home into
library is pretty creative. Action sequences by Stun
Siva are excellent. The Sumo vehicle accident scenes
(one before interval and one in the climax) are shot
in a very realistic way. Production values by NTR Arts
headed by Nandamuri Janakiram are excellent. The entire
film is rich in quality.
First half of the film is good. Second half is little
dull as it runs on single objective of hero assassinating
villain. The best par of the film is the shot-making
ability of debutant director Surendar. If he could make
a script with universal values, he will rock. This film
is high on violence and less on entertainment values.
On a whole, 'Athanokkade' is a commendable effort by
the debutant director Surendar and debutant producer
Janakiram Nandamuri. This film started off with great
reviews of previous 5 films
Naa Pranamkante Ekkuva
Subhash Chandra Bose