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'James Bond' Review: Weak Comedy

Movie: James Bond
Rating: 2.5/5
Banner:
AK Entertainments
Cast: Allari Naresh, Sakshi Chowdhary, Chandramohan, Saptagiri, Posani, Jayaprakash Reddy, Hema, Raghubabu and others
Dialogues: Sreedhar Seepana
Music: Sai Karthik
Cinematography: Damu Narravula
Editor: M R Varma
Producer: Rama Brahmam Sunkara
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Sai Kishore Macha
Release Date: July 24, 2015

Allari Naresh's career is floundering. So he has come back to his roots - doing out and out comedy with 'James Bond', a film made by A K Entertainments Banner that earlier made a hit with Naresh. Let's see how this film has fared up.

Story:
A lady mafia don Bullet (Sakshi Chowdhary) who operates her activities in Dubai comes to know that her mother in India is afflicted with cancer. To be with her ailing mother, she lands in Hyderabad and starts acting as a traditional Telugu girl. Her mother's wish is to see her daughter get married. Bullet asks her men to look out for a man who can act as her husband in a contract marriage till her mother recuperates from illness.

On the other hand, timid software Engineer Nani (Naresh) falls in love with Bullet, when he sees her photograph at a marriage bureau. Without informing about Bullet's conditions and her background, the marriage bureau owner arranges the alliance between Nani and Bullet. After the wedding, Bullet tries hard to maintain her secret but one day Nani gets to know. What happens next forms the rest of the film. 

Artistes’ Performances:
Naresh is his usual self as a timid person but he has let the heroine take center stage as per the script's need.

In the role of the lady don, Sakshi Chowdhary has performed well, with her greatly toned body. She is tall and is at ease in firing bullets as well as providing the oomph factor in the romantic songs.

Prudhvi brings down the house with laughter with good spoofs. Raghubabu is equally good. These two have provided more comedy than all the other comedians put together.

Posani as a software company manager keeps taking examples from TV serials which are funny at times but his act gets monotonous after some time.

Like in recent movies, Sapthagiri is getting typecast. Chandramohan, Hema, Sathya Krishnan and others are okay.

Technical Excellence:
None of the technician (Cinematographer, editor, music director) makes any impression, except providing just necessary technical support. Some action episodes are shot lavishly like the Swimming Pool fight.

Highlights:

  • Some comedy spoofs
  • Heroine Sakshi Chowdhary's glamour and her presence

Drawbacks:

  • Weak second half
  • Weak Screenplay
  • Music

Analysis:
Heavily based on Korean movie 'My Wife Is a Gangster', Allari Naresh's 'James Bond' provides some good funny sequences in the first half. New director Sai Kishore Macha narrates in a regular template that Allari Naresh movies generally are with funny one liners, spoofs, et all. Despite the neat opening, the film doesn't hold the momentum till the end.

The thin storyline of the movie is stretched beyond point. Unnecessary episodes have spoiled the second half. For example, in one sequence towards the end all characters are aboard in a bus hiding in burqas and this episode lasts for nearly 20 minutes.

Despite some good masala moments, funny comedy sequences, the director fails to conclude the film convincingly.

The best sequences involve actors Raghu Babu and Prudhvi. Why should all factionists wear white and white dress, can't they upgrade to new style as Prabhas showed in Mirchi, asks Raghu Babu in the movie.

In another sequence, Prudvi talks about the importance of eating Biryani while dealing business and does a spoof on Legend effectively. Both Raghu Babu and Prudhvi are in their best form. Thankfully, dialogue writer Sreedhar Seepan's dialogues atleast some of them have worked this time. 

A tighter screenplay, better music, shorter runtime would have made the film more funny. All in all, James Bond can be termed okay movie to those looking to just pass time as it is simple and non-exciting one.

Bottomline: Limited Laughs Only!

(Venkat can be reached venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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