Calm going, urbane and stylish movie with well balanced emotional elements fit in well at required places.
Ajay (Siddharth) at Kasi performs some last rituals for his relatives, where on observing a small kid play with toys immediately after doing father’s last rites get to understand the perspective of life that any individual should not fear death and spend rest of the life happily living to the fullest
Later on the scene shows Ajay in Chennai who stays as a paying guest in the house of a couple SVS Murthy (Mouli) and Jayam (Geetha) who care for him like their other sons. After understanding the new philosophy towards life Ajay starts living happily gaining admiration from many people around him.
During this phase he comes across Vidhya (Nithya Menon) with whose help Ajay manages to raise sponsorship for street children that will help them in education, impressed with this act of his, Vidhya proposes to Ajay who tries to leave the place without informing. But Ajay had to return since Vidhya has met with an accident and he shoulders the responsibility of getting her treated well for which he is supposed to leave for US taking Vidhya along with him.
The second half of the story unveils the flash back of Ajay being a doctor in US who marries Renu (Priya Anand) to whom he was attracted. Only after the marriage he gets to know that he has been tested positive for cancer and only has 180 days to live. Faking a suicide Ajay moves far from his wife but now that he has to go back to US, the rest of the story is all about how he will handle both Vidhya and Renu
What will he doe when he comes across his wife? How will his perspective towards life impact all the three lives?
Through the entire first half, Siddharth maintains his funny side when interacting with the other characters, portraying his already existing acting talent with the years of experience after having donned many tough roles in several films.
Nithya Menon with her girl next door looks does not have to fit into the role and looked ok for the role. Priya Anand however has shown lot of maturity when compared to her previous role in Leader and with her acting skills it might also appear as if she has stolen the lime light from Siddharth even if it might be for certain time.
The visuals specially during the first frame seem to be quite impressive which have to be credited exclusively to the director Jayendra however the film might bomb at the box office only due to improper narration.
It appears as if Siddharth has again took reigns of the entire movie single handedly with the various shades depicted in different part of the movie, first being a well-mannered person, funny in the middle, serious lover afterwards followed on to be shown as a true lover at the end of the During the entire process the actual “death sentiment” seems to have disappeared, based on which the movie was actually set out to enthrall the spectators. Entire second half of the movie was dragged and appears to go very slow which is quite disheartening specially after the slow narration right from the start.
Not a movie chosen by any individual seeking entertainment, but is definitely a thought provoking movie!
Niharika (Charmee) is a journalist who believes in true idealism and bringing truth to the people. However, her boss (Ahuti Prasad) believes in TRP increasing sensational news than truths.
She decides to venture out one night and gather some interesting bits for the channel. However, due to a freak coincidence, her pen camera captures a conversation between a crooked politician (Pilla Prasad) and his dangerous plan to oust the CM and take his chair.
The politician’s goons set out to kill Niharika and in this process, she comes across Babu (Jagapathi Babu). What are the challenges Niharika faces in her quest for truth? Is she able to stop the mayhem? All this forms the rest of the story.
It is a pity to see Charmee doing such meaningless roles. She should introspect her talent and increase her self confidence. She has a lot better acting material and sex appeal than such roles.
Jagapathi Babu comes up with another blinder. One really wonders if he is the same Durga we saw in ‘Ghayam’. He did his bit mechanically but honestly this is another black mark to his career.
Pilla Prasad was apt in his performance. The menacing looks, the dialogue delivery suit his evil shades. He must be given more opportunities.
Uttej was effective, Parachuri Gopalakrishna was okay, Ahuti Prasad was average, Babu Mohan made his presence felt, Siva Reddy was wasted. The others didn’t have anything to offer.
No conviction in scenes
For some reason, few directors tend to think that if they put two and two together with some noted faces, the film becomes a hit.
Well, these are few fundamental errors which have not been rectified. Here, the makers try to come up with a message oriented flick but such themes require a strong conviction and a good grip over the script.
Also, it must have the ability to draw the audience into the story. Nothing of that was followed. With a stale narrative and poor technical values, the film tries to talk about bringing about a change in the system. One can see shades of films like ‘Rann’ ‘Corporate’ and other social movies. Projecting Maoist philosophy as the right solution is another disaster. Instigating youth to take arms is unforgivable.
Overall, this is a film which is weak in production values, content and execution. At the box office, it will sleep just like the title within one week.
Allu Arjun's latest movie badrinath raised so many expectations due to its package and publicity. The film looked like a blockbuster written all over it. Even the makers confidence suggested the same. With aggressive publicity Badrinath is surrounded by huge hype and the expectations continued to scale new heights by the day. So, is it up to the expectations? Did it live up to the hype? Let's uncover Badrinath review...
Badri (Allu Arjun) is one of the disciples of Bheeshma (Prakash Raj), who is a guru of ancient martial arts. Badrinath grows up into a strong fighter under Bheeshma's rigorous training. He will be appointed as the 'kshetra palakudu' (protector) of Badrinath temple. Alakananda (Tamanna), an atheist comes to Badrinath along with her grandfather. Badri learns that she is in big trouble due to Sarkar (Kelly Dorjee). Alakananda slowly realizes the greatness of Badrinath and turns a devotee. She also falls for Badri who doesn't reciprocate to her love. Bheeshma decides to make Badri his successor by handing over the responsibility of Takshasila. For that Badri has to remain bachelor forever. Not aware of his guru's decision and Alakananda's real feelings towards him Badri gives her a word that he will help her to visit Barinath temple again as she has to do that to make her wish come true. Alakananda prays Lord Badrinath to help her succeed in her love. Bheeshma takes a word from Badrinath that he would take up his duties as a true successor to him. So who wins? How does Badrinath overcomes this contrasting situation?
Badrinath starts on a bright note. The introduction of temples and the visuals are splendid. But immediately it takes a predictable path with some poorly etched characters and scenes. You will hardly find Badrinath being troubled in the training. The training process looks just ordinary. The confrontation between hero and heroine is regular. Nothing new or interesting. The film moves on with a silly flashback episode revealing the troubles of heroine. From then on the movie moves on with a sole reason, that is to find the interval point.
In between there is a fight where Badri goes and kills tens of terrorists with his sword. He simply evades all the bullets with a swing of his sword. It is over the top action which would not be liked by the die hard fans even. Interval episode is too predictable and the action episode goes on for ages during that period. Second half starts on a dull note with hardly any engaging scenes. Song after song follows with a heavily censored fight sequence in between. The film heads to climax with literally nothing happening post interval. Climax is a big let down.
This film is set in current era and that is the biggest logical error as you wouldn't find security and police around Badrinath temple. Even when hundreds of people gets killed there is no sign of police anywhere. The hero goes on a killing rampage in a railway station and the director doesn't care of bringing cops into the scene. Right from the concept of keeping the protagonist as protector to Badrinath temple, this film lacks logic in everything. So called commercial elements didn't work due to weak script.
This film doesn't have any comparisons with Magadheera as the public believed but it has stark resemblance to Shakti movie starring NTR. Like that this film too falls flat on most aspects except for grandeur and a couple of songs.
Allu Arjun does the same and speaks like he does in every film despite his awkward costumes and hairstyle. He didn't try to get into the skin of the character as it is no different from his usual roles. His dances are the highlight and probably the only selling factor for this film. Tamanna liberally showed off her skin and helped her part to up the masala dose. Prakash Raj is Okay but his makeup is pretty bad. Kelly Dorjee is wasted and the woman who played his wife is over the top all the time. The man who played their son is a miscast. Raghubabu is regular and repeating Indra's comedy track with Brahmanandam didn't work. Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani didn't have much scope.
Keeravani's songs lack freshness but are good on screen. Thanks to electrifying dances of Allu Arjun. Background score is good but Keeravani failed to recreate his Magadheera magic. Cinematography is good. The visuals of Badrinath stays with you. Art work is fine in parts. Editing is Okay. Story and screenplay written by Chinni Krishna lacks the punch and freshness. Dialogues are mediocre. Action part is another minus as all the fights looked artificial. Production values are good.
VV Vinayak disappoints big time and one cannot completely put blame on him. The problem is with the lackluster script. He couldn't do much with it. He failed in incorporating commercial ingredients too.
- Badrinath backdrop
- Allu Arjun dances
- Tamanna's glamor
- Few songs
- Story and screenplay
- Over the top action
- Lack of entertainment
- Weak second hour and poor climax
Final Word: Badrinath – This film does justice to the first three letters in its title.
Box office predictions:
Badrinath lets the audience down who go to the movie expecting a magnum opus. Even if you are in for a regular commercial potboiler it fells short of expectations. It may survive in mass centers due to the never ending fights and mass frenzy songs. It needs a miracle to be a break even at the box office.