Updated | March 6, 2017 07:19 IST
Genre: Romance, Social Comedy
Production: Super Good Films, Legend Cinema
Starring: Vijay Devarakonda, Pooja Jhaveri, Prakash Raj, Murali Sharma, Pruthvi Raj and others
Music: Sai Karthik
Story & Direction: Srinivas Ravindra
Release Date: 03-03-2017
Rating: 3.5 / 5
New directors are coming up with new concepts of film making in the tollywood industry. Dwaraka is one such film. The lead actor Vijay Devarakonda gained started out his acting in ‘Evade Subramanyam’ and got a lots of praise for his performance in the recent ‘Pelli Choopulu’. After the success of his last film the director of this film modified the script to make it fit for our hero. Let’s see how the film fared.
Story: This is a story that revolves around the present day Babas and their trusts who steal tonnes of money from the public in the name of god. In an apartment named Dwaraka, there lives a realtor who faces a lot of problems in his business dealings. He calls a priest to his house and conducts a ritual to get rid of these problems. The selfish and money minded priest Gurumurthy (Pruthvi), tell him that his problems will go away with the arrival of a certain holy young man. At the same time, our protagonist Erra Seenu (Vijay Devarakonda), who steals things for money with his friends, is in the process of stealing the statue of a god from a temple. He happens to see Vasudha (Pooja Jhaveri), during this time, and falls for her. To escape after the robbery, he enters an apartment in the Dwaraka building, covers himself with the ritual clothes and falls asleep. The realtor, seeing this, feels that he is the holy young man and starts the ritual. Erra Seenu, though he is shocked, settles for the role of a baba after he is showered with gifts and money. And coincidentally, the realtor’s problems start vanishing one by one. Seeing this, the people start calling him Krishna Nanda swamy and build him an Ashram in the same place. Feeling uncomfortable in the situation he is in, Erra Seenu decides to take the Rs 40 lakhs he received as gifts and run away from the place, but stops when he sees Vasudha there. Learning of the Seenu’s earning, the criminal lawyer Ravi (Kalakeya Prabhakar), decides to earn crores of rupees of money using his popularity with the help of a politician and a police inspector. He blackmails Seenu to agree and opens a trust to further increase his popularity and collects a hundred crores from the people. At the same time, Vasudha tells Seenu that she would only accept his love if he agrees to tell the people that he is actually a thief and not a baba. While the lawyer Ravi is occupied elsewhere, Dr. Chaitanya (Murali Sharma), enters the plot to expose Seenu for who he really is. Will Seenu’s secret be safe? What happens to all the money and gifts? Will Vasudha end up with Seenu? The movie will answer these questions.
Analysis: The transformation of a common man into an influential baba and the involvement of the religious mafia produced an amusing experience. The scenes involving the baba transformation, blind beliefs, media craze and the religious mafia were cinematographic but also very impressive. Even though the screenplay felt a little slow, the narrative keeps the audience curious. The entry of Murali Sharma who aims to expose the fraudery of the baba adds a charming appeal. A few scenes in the film bring upon boredom. The love scenes weren’t particularly interesting. The romance track in the film should have been given more focus to create interest. The chracterization of roles isn’t very strong. And the climax should’ve been clearer. Most of the film has been shot in a single building in a single street. It didn’t showcase many outdoor locations. The sequences didn’t seem so diversified because of this. The story was very well formulated by the director Srinivas Ravindra based on using people’s beliefs to make money. The music by Sai Karthik is an added value to the film. The visuals during the songs were well shot and the background score really set the film into place. The movie showed fine cinematography, editing and production values.
Actor Performances: Vijay Devarakonda really proved his ability to entertain the masses with this film. His act was full of enthusiasm and energy. But he should’ve focused a little more on expressing emotions and dialogue delivery. Pooja Jhaveri performance was pleasing. Kalakeya Prabhakar upheld the villain’s character to its extent. Murali Sharma’s portrayal of his character was excellent. Prakash Raj showed the audiences his abilities of acting even though his character wasn’t a big one. Prithvi’s role was perfect with just the right amount of dialogues. The comedic characters in the film were impressive with their roles were a huge asset to the film.
Lack of Smooth Screenplay
Lack of Tension in the Climax
Final Verdict: A film with an amusing story and full-fledged entertainment.
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