Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Samantha, Pranitha, Boman Irani
Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Rating: One and a half stars
It has been a while since a Pawan Kalyan movie hit the screens. After overcoming a lot of hurdles, including the recent piracy fiasco, his latest movie 'Attarintiki Daaredi' finally made it to the silver screen. Sadly, Tollywood's same-old family drama is a big disappointment in its content, as there is nothing new to offer.
Gautham Nandan (Pawan Kalyan), only heir to a multi-millionaire business honcho Raghu Nandan (Boman Irani in Milan), is on a mission to unite his paternal aunt Sunanda (Nadhiya) with his grandfather Raghu Nandan who is on his death bed. How did Gautham convince his aunt and what difficulties he faces forms the crux of the story.
Blame it on the writer-director Trivikram for ill-conceived scenes and forced dialogues (Although, there are a few exceptions like "Ekkada Neggalo Kadu Ekkada Taggalo Telisinodu...Goppodu") that mar the film. Unlike his previous films, the director has no food for thought in this film for his viewers.
The only silver lining is Pawan Kalyan, who is in good form. Yet, there are a few scenes which depict Pawan as an eunuch, meant to evoke laughter. But they fail miserably. It's time for Pawan to grow up and give up such mannerisms.
Too many loopholes in the script and scenes like Ahalya-Indra drama episode are a poor distortion of facts and disconnect one from the film. One doesn't understand how one can often kick one’s own boss! (Pawan Kalyan beats and bites his boss Brahmanandam).
That's not all. There are umpteen scenes in the film where Gautham slaps his side-kick every now and then, without a reason. The slapping episodes are very embarrassing. It is visible that T-town makers have no new ideas beyond the "slapping trick" to tickle the funny bone of the audiences.
The female leads Sashi (Samantha) and Parimala (Pranitha) are easy on the eyes and good at emotions. However, Trivikram has failed to establish a connect and romance between the lead actors Pawan and Samantha. Prasad Murella's cinematography though is a visual treat and a breath of fresh air.
Scenes in the pre-climax portions are good. The biggest faux pas is how Raghu Nandan, who is on a ventilator in the hospital, made it to the boardroom! Well, of course, don't forget that you're watching a Telugu film.
On the whole, the film appears to be made strictly for hardcore fans of Pawan Kalyan. For other movie-goers, this film appears merely to be high on style and low on content. Trivikram has joined the legion of directors who embraced T-town's masala-formula. If you are prepared to watch the film, go without any expectations.