Katamarayudu Movie Review: Its One Man Show

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Hassan, Ajay, Siva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju and Chaitanya Krishna, Rao Ramesh, Pradeep Rawat, Tarun Arora and Others

Credits: Story – Siva, Dialogues – Akula Siva, Vema Reddy, Srinivasa Reddy, Timma Reddy, Cinematographer – Prasad Murella, Editor – Gautham Raju, Music – Anup Rubens, Screenplay – Vasu Verma, Deepak Raj.

Producer – Sharath Marar

Director – Dolly

Banner – North Star Entertainment

Released on – March 24th, 2017

Intro: Pawan’s lasT flick Sardar Gabbar Singh failed at BO leaving a big disappointment to his fans. Katamarayudu, coming after one year gap, must receive a positive note for Pawan Kalyan to maintain stamina at BO and run his political career in future.

It is a one man show by Power Star

Power Star Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Katamarayudu’ had evoked lot of expectations right from the day the movie had gone to the sets. Though everyone knew that the film is the remake of ‘Veeram’ of Ajit, the director of the Telugu remake reportedly chose the cream of the subject and rewrote the entire script to suit the Telugu nativity and in a bid to elevate Pawan Kalyan’s image. In fact, Pawan had faced a debacle with ‘Sardar Gabbar Singh’. However, Pawan Kalyan continue to maintain the same craze and that is the reason everyone had kept high expectations on the film right from the first day. Kishore Kumar Parthasani @ Dolly tried his best to elevate Pawan’s image and the first half of the film is racy. However, when it comes to the second half, the josh has come down and the film returned to a routine commercial flick like one song, some sentimental scene, one action scene and so on. Moreover, the climax is also little stretched and routine and there is nothing much interesting.

When it comes to the story

Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan) is a powerful leader in a village and everyone in the village used to abide by his words. He is a ruthless faction leader and will never allow anyone to commit a mistake. He has three brothers (Siva Balaji, Kamal Kamaraju and Chaitanya Krishna). The elderly person in the family is his uncle (Rao Ramesh). Though he crosses 30 years of age, he doesn’t want to get married as he fears that the girl who comes as his wife may separate him from his brothers. He is against love but all his brothers fall in love with a girl each. All his brothers then hatch a plan and convince a girl called Avantika (Shruti Hassan) to corner their brother and trap him in love. However, Avantika says that she doesn’t like if anyone who quarrels or fights with others. But Rayudu brothers project him as a soft guy. In an unfortunate incident, Avantika finds Rayudu fighting with some people and keeps herself off. On the advice of his brothers, he goes to the neighbouring village where Avantika lives and tries to convince her that he was forced to fight due to an unforeseen situation. When she was about to convince, Rayudu finds Avantika and her family (including her father Nazar) are in danger and again forced to enter into a pitched battle. Whether Rayudu could convince Avantika that he is a soft person? How he saves Avantika and her family from the villains. Was he able to win the heart of Avantika? What is the story of Avantika and her family? Answers to all these questions form part of climax.

 Performance:

Pawan Kalyan is at his usual best. He excelled in the action scenes and also delivering good comedy with perfect timing. The entire first half is quite hilarious. Rao Ramesh also helped to evoke good comedy. Pruthvi is another guy who made the theatre burst into laughter. Al the other artistes like Siva Balaji, Chaitnaya Krishna and Kamal Kamaraju are for namesake and literally have no prominence at all. Pradeep Rawat and Tarun Arora played the villains and they did justice to their respective roles. After a long time, Ali got a meaty role and evoked very good comedy in the film. Surprisingly, the character of Shruti Hassan was etched beautifully and she looked in traditional attires and there is no trace of any kind of glamour exposure. She gave a very nice performance.

ANALYSIS: The director recreated and gave a fresh feeling in the first half as the film will not have any resemblances to the original movie ‘Veeram’. However, he could not maintain the same pace in the second half and the entire second half appears quite stretched. More so the climax is also very lengthy and boring. Action scenes by Ram-Laxman are commendable and Pawan Kalyan excelled in all the action scenes and did not take any cinematic liberties. In fact, Pawan Kalyan really mesmerised his fans with his impeccable comedy timing and superb fights. The second fight and the climax fight are very impressive. Music by Anup Rubens is okay, but the background score in rerecording is mediocre. Only a couple of songs are good to watch and two other are just terrible on screen. No doubt, the cinematography by Prasad Moorella is top notch. Dialogues have full of rhyming and good all through the movie. Editing is sharp.

In one way, the entire movie is Pawan Kalyan’s One Man Show. Undoubtedly, he mesmerizes his fans with his perfect comedy timing and extraordinary action scenes. However, his dance movements are disappointing. There is nothing vulgar in the movie and this had made the movie watchable despite a routine and predictable story at hand. Since the story is predictable, both the action and drama appear lengthy and stretched.

PlusPoints: Pawan Kalyan, Entertainment, and Photography

Minus Points: Second Half, Climax, and Music

On the whole Katamarayudu is a feast only for Pawan fans with huge openings on Day one. We have to wait and see how the audience receive in long run. Summer Holidays ahead, Bahubali due for release with a gap of 30 days, this movie will fare well at BO when compared to  Pawan’s Previous flick.

Rating: 2.75/5

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