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'Sher' Review: No Roar, Only Meows

Movie: Sher
Rating: 1.5/5
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Cast: Kalyan Ram Nandamuri, Sonal Chauhan, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Rohini, Shayaji Shinde, Mukesh Rishi, Ali, M S Narayana, and others
Story, dialogues: Diamond Rathnam Babu
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematography: Sarvesh Murari
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao
Producers: Komara Venkatesh
Screenplay and Direction: Mallikarjun
Release Date: October 30, 2015

After delivering a surprise hit at the box office Pataas, Kalyan Ram has managed to generate interest even among general audiences. Of course, Pataas was a revelation that he was good at comedy. And now, he has come up with this movie. 

So, does he repeat the magic? Well, let's check out...

Story:
Gautham (Kalyan Ram) works in a construction company. When he catches an Indian flag from falling into the mud, a girl (Sonal) captures the moment and she wins an award for best photograph. Well, she does not see his face, but only manages to capture his hand, which has a tattoo on it.

After some comic episodes, she meets Gautham and they fall in love. Meanwhile, a don, who wants to marry her gets her father to agree for their marriage, by getting him a higher post. Now, Gautham enters the house of the local don and starts killing his henchmen.

So what is Gautham's mission? The rest of the story tells why he is killing them...

Artistes’ Performances:
Kalyan Ram seems to have lost interest midway during shooting and as the film rolls into second half, it is pretty clear that he is not in his best elements. He does the least minimum that is expected of him and does not bother beyond that.

In keeping with the present generation's craze for selfies, Sonal Chauhan is her usual self as one such girl.

Brahmanandam who has lost form recently, once again gets to do stale comedy. There are a host of other actors and though their roles could have been played by junior artistes, established actors are used and wasted.

The villain's gang Shafi, Mukesh Rishi, and Ashishi Vidyarthi have silly characterizations. Fish Venkat and Prudhvi are okay.

Technical Excellence:
Like the story and narration, the movie has sub-standard technical values. SS Thaman is a little better than other technicians and his Surangani and Chal chalona are decent. Other technicians don't deserve a mention. 

Highlights:

  • Two songs are good  

Drawbacks:

  • '70s storyline
  • '80s narration
  • Silly comedy
  • Bad editing
  • Not a single scene is convincing 

Analysis:
Audiences don't expect anything much in terms of freshness of script or extraordinary storyline for that matter from a mass, masala film as long as they are entertained and the story is told in a decent manner.

Unfortunately, some film-makers don't even attempt that. And in recent times, we have seen films like Shivam that are cliched, boring and rather bland. And Sher goes beyond films like Shivam and is one hackneyed movie.

Here's a sample of couple of scenes..

An ACP asks local don to make him DGP instantly, if he wants to marry his daughter, and the don agrees.

Hero who is a construction employee or engineer (it is not very clear) goes to the ACP and gives him an offer that he will finish off the entire villain's gang. In return, he says the ACP must take credit and become DGP.

And to top it all, it has plenty of scenes that are total farce. And lo and behold, in the movie, MS Narayana's character calls Brahmanandam outdated and old. In fact, this description is apt for both Brahmanandam's character in the film and the way director Malli has made the film.

As mentioned above, story is hackneyed, screenplay is lethargic and actors put in a performance that leaves you wondering if they were acting in a television serial.

The only saving grace are a couple of songs and comedy scenes between Ali and MS Narayana. In short, Sher is an outdated film.

Bottomline: Old and tired Sher.

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

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