(Sumanth) is a dynamic graduate who mingles with his
ex-college students. His lifetime ambition is to become
a cop. He wants to become cop genuinely without giving
any bribes. He befriends a beautiful girl Lakshmi (Saloni),
who happens to be the daughter of honest and most powerful
Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra (Mukesh Khanna).
Dhana and Lakshmi become best buddies over a period
of time. Dhana gets fed up with bribery system in police
selections and he decides to start a musical instruments
shop to make a living.
Chandra then convinces Dhana to act as undercover police
agent to book dangerous goons in the city. Dhana pretends
as rowdy and give leads of other rowdies to Mahesh Chandra.
Mahesh Chandra's plan is to have open jail for all these
goons and rehabilitate them as good citizens. Just when
Dhana completes getting 50 rowdies to the book, Mahesh
Chandra does the act of turning around. He books Dhana
as 51st rowdy as an act of revenge for attracting his
daughter. The rest of the story is all about how Dhana
51 proves himself innocent and get back to Lakshmi.
is good as a youngster with conviction. His commitment
as an actor could be seen in vital scenes on the film
(climax and interval block). Saloni
looks pretty good in looks and her histrionics need
to be toned a bit. Mukesh Khanna
should be appreciated for retaining his voice for dubbing.
His Telugu dubbing is good when you consider the fact
that he is a Bollywood actor with no grip over Telugu
language. He suited the role very well. The lean guy
in first half generated good comedy with his mannerisms
and dialogues. The comedy track of Kondavalasa
and Ali is unimpressive.
Raj Kumar is adequate as
the bad guy. Tanikella Bharani and Dhamavarpu are appropriate.
Director R Soorya Kiran
and actress Kalyani gave
Story of the film is an interesting one and has the
potential to click if handled properly. It is about
a middleclass boy with an ambition to become a cop getting
close to a girl. That girl's father - a police commissioner
- notices that his daughter is giving more preference
to a man who is other than her father. He gets jealous
and fixes the boy on false charges. That boy solves
the entire issue without breaking the heart of girl
and without causing heart burn for her father. The story
has positive orientation and scope for emotion and feel.
- direction: The direction by Soorya Kiran is good
in patches. But the screenplay of the film is pretty
haphazard. The characters of the film are not well rounded.
The director failed to establish the characters. The
narration of the film is not gripping enough. At times,
the clarity is missing in the narration. Soorya Kiran
could not do justice to a good storyline. The open jail
systems and procedures are not properly explained. The
following 3 characters are the important ones and their
characterization is not clearly done
1. There is
no balance and clarity about Dhana's twin aspirations
to become a cop and his willingness to befriend (love?)
2. Lakshmi's feelings (love or friendship) towards
Dhana are bit confusing through out the film.
3. Characterization of Mahesh Chandra lost its sheen
because the agony he is going through when the daughter
whom he adores the most is falling in love with a
guy and she starts lying to him.
departments: Music by Chakri is just average. A
couple of melodies are good though. Cinematography by
S Arun Kumar is so so. The colors used for sets, background
materials and costumes are not pleasing to eyes. Stunts
by Vijay are good. Dialogues by Ravi and Soorya Kiran
are adequate. The dialogues would have got noticed if
they were backed by strong situations. Production values
by Keerthi Creations are good.
Analysis: The initial part of
first half is uninteresting. The buildup towards interval
is interesting. The second half of the film is not handled
enough to sustain interest. The climax point is interesting.
Dhana 51 suffers with inadequate screenplay, uneven
narration and confused characterization. 'Dhana 51'
is most unexpected from a director who made his debut
with 'Satyam' film. We need to wait and see how this
film performs at box office.
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