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'Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum' Review: Socialized Divinity

Rating: 3.25/5
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First Frame Entertainment
Cast: Rana, Nayantara, Milind Gunaji, Murali Sharma, Brahmanandam, Posani Krishnamurali and others
Dialogues: Burra Sai Madhav
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematographer: V S Gnanasekhar
Editor: Sravan Katikaneni
Story, screenplay, direction: Krish
Producers: Jagarlamudi Sai Babu, Y Rajeev Reddy
Release date: 30/11/2012
 
Director Krish who has been branded as an intellectual director is back and this time he has teamed up with Daggubati Rana for yet another social message. Let’s see how effective it is
 
Story
B. Tech Babu (Rana) is part of a drama troupe and unlike the elders in the troupe he is very practical and plans to go abroad for higher education. But the death of his grandfather (Kota) and the ritual of dumping his ashes in their native village brings Babu to a different world.
 
It is the mining mafia of Reddappa (Milind) who rules those areas and has wiped out all natural resources. In this process, Babu also meets Devika (Nayan) a daring journalist doing a documentary on the mining mafia. From a very self-centered person, Babu makes a self-discovery and how he has to play an important role in it.
 
What happens after that forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
Rana is wooden faced as usual but he has definitely improved than the past. The efforts and hard work is seen. His physique is fabulous. If he can work on his diction and few expressions, he will rock.
 
Nayantara is a visual delight. Watching her even in action sequences sends a tingle to the spine. She is an effective performer, authentic beauty with natural seductive charms. Wonder what is that fixation she has for the nose stud, it doesn’t suit her at all.
 
Milind Gunaji has got a good screen presence but then his character was not really etched strongly. That power of a mining baron was missing in him.
 
Kota was brief, Brahmanandam was not that great, LB Sriram was excellent, Murali Sharma made his presence felt. Posani brought few smiles with his eccentricity. Raghu Babu, Hema, Sathyam Rajesh did their bit as required and contributed well. Sameera Reddy was a sizzler. Venky in his cameo is adequate.
 
Highlights

  • First half
  • Dialogues
  • Nayanthara
  • Storyline & concept

Drawbacks

  • Songs Placement
  • Emotional depth & intensity in climax
  • Weak comedy

Analysis
The common approach before watching a film for any audience is to check who the hero and heroine are and then decide. But fortunately, Tollywood is blessed to have few talented directors who have created a brand for themselves. Director Krish is one such man. When his film is arriving, more than the cast and crew it is the expectations on Krish and what he has to offer that pulls the crowds to the theatres because, he brings sense and sensibility with a message to the audience along with a pinch of philosophy.
 
The subject chosen for this film is contemporary and Krish has woven it with a good mix of stage drama and the reference to the various Avatars of Maha Vishnu was impressive.
 
However, there is always a fine line between visualizing a beautiful concept and making it look beautiful in the same way onscreen. And that’s the true test of character for any director. In this film, Krish has been fairly successful in driving his thoughts but in a cinematic format, he could not score to his caliber, especially while landing the film. The crux of his strength comes from the dialogues and here are few-

  • 'Bathuku kodi guddu laantidhi bhayya. Edi petta avuddo edi omlet avuddo theleedu bhayya'
  • 'Thindi lekapoyinaa parledu. Mattini adigithe pettuddi..matte lekapothe??
  • 'Chachchaaka edche vaallu unte chachinaa bathikinatte...ade chaavu kosam vechi choose vaallu unte bathikinaa chachchinatte

The film takes off on a promising note and continues like that till the interval bang but it is the second half which falters at many places. The conviction, the required blood rush, the drive and determination to bring justice and justify all the tracks was not there.
 
To sign off, this may not appeal for family audience since there is no hard hitting humor but would appeal to the thinking audience and rationalists. Since no biggies are around, the threats are few but it would take some positive word of mouth for the film to reach a super hit status at box office.
 
On a whole, the attempt should be appreciated and patted.
 
Bottomline: Thought provoking content

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

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