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'Shivam' Review: Hey Ram!!!

Movie: Shivam
Rating: 2/5
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Cast: Ram, Rashi Khanna, Vineeth Kumar, Abhimanyu Singh, Brahmanandam, Fish Venkat, Prabhas Srinu, Satyam Rajesh, Srinivasa Reddy, Posani, and others
Dialogues: Kishore
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography:  Rasool Ellore
Editor: Madhu
Art: A S Prakash
Action: Peter Heins
Producer: Sravanthi Ravi Kishore
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction: Srinivasa Reddy
Release Date: Oct 2nd, 2015

Soon after the success of Gunde Jaari Gallanthaindhe, Nithin had launched a movie introducing Srinivasa Reddy. After the opening ceremony, the film didn't take off and eventually Ram agreed to do the movie. So it raised curiosity why Nithin dropped the movie and what made Ram to accept it. Thus Shivam was made. Let's see whose judgment is right?

Story:
The story is about Shiva or Ram (Ram) who is a nightmare of sorts not only to his enemies, but also to his friends. While running away from the goons, he gets on to a train. En route, there is this girl who calls out saying she loves him and that turns his entire life upside down. Will Shiva or Ram find out who the girl is? Is he Shiva or Ram? Will he get rid of the goons? That forms the rest of the story…

Artistes’ Performances:
Ram is his usual best. He gets the part of a run-of-the-mill hero and he plays it well. However, his role is not his career best for sure. 

Rashi Khanna, who was quite a delight in Jil, has put on oodles of weight which shows on screen.

In the first half of the movie, Srinivas Reddy and others provide comedy. Abhimanyu Singh, Vineeth Kumar, Jayaprakash Reddy and Brahmanandam ... all have played in their regular styles, nothing much to talk about. Fish Venkat as comedy villain shines again. Sathyam Rajesh in a brief role and Jabardasth team also appear in comic roles.

Technical Excellence:
Rasool Ellore's camera work is good and pleasing to the eyes. The positive aspects of the movie are its camera work, rich locations for songs.

Devi Sri Prasad's songs and fights by Peter Heins are too routine. Editing is not at all good - excessive length, too many jerks.

Highlights:

  • Ram

Drawbacks:

  • Silly plot
  • Aimless narration
  • Lethargic pace
  • Excessive runtime
  • Second half turns out total mess

Analysis:
Most of the times we get to see predictable storylines and regular screenplays but this one is completely hackneyed to the core - from its story to narration to actors' performances.

In the recent times, no star hero movie gave such boredom like this one with its pointless story, aimless narration.

If there is any 'point' in the movie it is where Posani reveals why Ram has taken this mission of uniting lovers but the episode comes when we are already drained up by the silly scenes that lasted for more than two hours.

Runtime of the movie is two hours forty five minutes! Yes, the director puts us through the task for lengthy time.

Total failure of the new director Srinivas Reddy, not a single scene has worthy enough to say that it has some novelty. His complete lack of grip on narration is clearly seen from the first frame.

First half is somewhat better in comparison with the second half but in totality this is mess of hotchpotch sequences.

Except for the track where Ram fools a gang of four (Jabardasth team) with his story, no scene is hilarious. At end of the movie as credits roll on, the director inserted the text title - Dhoola Teeruddi. What a prophecy by the director!

All in all, a routine story is told even in clichéd style.

Bottomline: A Torture Even Ram Can't Save

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

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