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'Nakshatram' Review: One Star

Movie: Nakshatram
Rating: 1/5
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Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Regina, Sai Dharam Tej, Pragya, Prakash Raj, J D Chakravarthy, Shivaji Raja, Tulasi and others
Cinematography: Srikanth Naroj
Music: Bheems, Bharath
Editing: Shiva Y Prasad
Producers: S Venugopal, Sajju, K Srinivasulu
Story, screenplay and direction: Krishna Vamsi
Release date: August 04, 2017

Krishna Vamsi's films always evoke interest despite the fact that he lost form in the past few years. Since he is regarded as one of the best directors in Tollywood, his movies are looked forward to.

The trailers of "Nakshatram" were tacky, yet it created a buzz. So let's find out whether he is back in form?

Story:
Rama Rao (Sundeep Kishan) aspires to become an S.I. as his father and grandfathers were also police officers. Due to a small tiff with the commissioner's son (Tanish), he misses the physical test of police examination.

Frustrated, Rama Rao attempts suicide, but his uncle, who is also a constable (Sivaji Raja) saves him.

Due to an incident, the constable and Rama Rao land in commissioner's office (Prakash Raj) and the commissioner demands the whereabouts of missing police officer Alexander (Sai Dharam Tej), who was to marry IPS officer Kiran Reddy (Pragya). That is when Rama Rao comes to know the story of Alexander.

How was he killed and by whom? What will Rama Rao do then?

Artistes’ Performances:
All actors have to do a bit of loud acting in Krishna Vamsi's movies. Sundeep Kishan has done the same, but for him, this role is quite different. He got a chance to prove his acting and he has pulled it off well.

Sai Dharam Tej in a brief role as an honest and daring cop Alexander is neat. Prakash Raj is okay. As the main villain, Tanish has overacted completely.

Tulasi's melodrama is too hard to bear. So is Sivaji Raja's. Regina as movie dancer has done nothing but skin show. Pragya has a better role as a lady cop.

Technical Excellence:
The film has tacky technical values. The quality of cinematography is uneven -- at some places it is decent, at others, it is pretty mediocre. Music is out right bad except for "Pedaviki Nuvvante" song.

Editing, dialogues and artwork are also not on par with Krishna Vamsi's earlier works.

Highlights:
Pre-interval sequences

Drawback:
'90s dialogues
'80s narration
'70s story
'60s climax

Analysis:
Even though Krishna Vamsi has been churning out disasters of late, no one expected he would come up with a movie from the '70s.

If you excuse the story, you would expect a terrific narration, but his treatment of the film reminds one of '80s movies.

The dialogues written by three writers are straight out of '90s films. And the climax sequences are just what we have seen in umpteen movies from the days of "Mother India".

The very beginning of movie is tacky. Krishna Vamsi establishes the character of Rama Rao who aspires to be a police officer but is facing hurdles. He romances Jamuna (Regina) who works as a side dancer in movie industry.

For almost one hour, Krishna Vamsi shows Jamuna's silly episodes like a choreographer (Viva Harsha) harassing her sexually and her romance with Rama Rao.

On parallel note, he also introduces Pragya Jaiswal as a thief and her episodes. By end of these boring episodes, we get to see three badly filmed songs and ample skin show by Regina.

Exactly after one hour, we get to see the real point of the movie -- a police officer's bad son and his nexus with international weapons mafia.

To be fair, just before the interval, the film turns pretty interesting. Sundeep Kishan actually gets to show his performance when he is not allowed into police academy. The first half ends nicely with the introduction of Sai Dharam Tej.

Post interval, the movie begins the flashback episode of Sai Dharam Tej and it sustains interest. Later, Krishna Vamsi moves to boring narration again. Since he doesn't have much story on hand, he drags on with unnecessary scenes and bores us further. The lengthy and predictable climax is unbearable.

While Sundeep Kishan has scored in his role and Sai Dharam Tej is equally good in his brief role, other actors irritate with their old school acting -- read, loud dialogues and overt expressions.

Generally, Krishna Vamsi makes up for the flaws in story with good music and great picturisation. But in "Nakshatram", not a single song is catchy.

The glam show of Regina is also not at all impressive. The comedy episode between Regina and Viva Harsha is replica of Krishna Vamsi's old movies.

All in all, "Nakshatram" is totally boring as the story and narration is too clichéd. It doesn't go with the current generation of audiences who are tired of watching old school movies.

Bottom-line: Fails To Shine

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