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'Okkadine' Review: Amateur Execution

Rating: 2/5
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Cast: Nara Rohit, Sai Kumar, Nithya Menon, Naga Babu, Kota, Srinivas Reddy, Brahmanandam and others
Music: Karthik
Cinematographer: Andrew
Editor: Marthand K Venkatesh
Dialogues: Chintapalli Ramana
Director: Srinivas Raga
Producer: C V Reddy
Release date: 14/02/2013

Nara Rohit who managed some pass marks with his last venture has now arrived with a new one and this time he has teamed up with Srinivas Raga. Let us see how this is.

Story
Sailaja (Nithya Menon) comes from abroad to India on holiday to spend time with her father Sivaji Rao (Sai Kumar) a noble man of the society about to enter politics. She goes to Vizag with her friend and there she comes across Surya (Rohit). In few days she gets attached to Surya’s family and starts liking him too. Meanwhile, a series of killings keep happening in front of her. Is Sailaja connected to those deaths? Who is Surya? Does he also like Sailaja? All this forms the rest of the story.

Performances
Nara Rohit has got strong potential but he is erring on his choice of roles and movies. He has merged himself into the story but his character didn’t have strength to make him stand out.

Nithya Menon strikes a chord with her magnetic face. She is perhaps the only heroine in film industry who is running the show just by her face topping it with expressive performance. She was good.

Sai Kumar has done justice to his role and his character could have been developed more powerfully. However, he made his presence felt as long as he was onscreen.

Naga Babu contributed well, Srinivas Reddy was hilarious, Kota was usual, Sathya Krishna deserves better roles, Brahmi had nothing to offer, Ali came and went, M S Narayana was alright, Banerjee was quiet, Jeeva was okay. Others didn’t have much scope.

Highlights

  • Rohit and Nithya
  • Interval bang
  • Storyline

Drawbacks

  • Lifeless screenplay
  • Music and songs
  • Cinematography
  • Climax
  • Shot composition

Analysis
Many a times it has been stressed that the director is the captain of the ship and that’s why the success or failure of a film is attributed to him.

This holds more weight especially when the hero is just budding and is not a superstar. Secondly, having an interesting storyline and concept is not sufficient, the mark of a true director will be known only when he knows how to narrate his idea convincingly on celluloid format.

These fundamentals were missing in this one. Without doubt, the director had an efficient and experienced cast who could deliver very good and at the same time he had a impact creating subject with him. But call it his inexperience or his lack of conceiving scenes properly the film had a lot of scope to be improved.

Of course, he did have few setbacks with little help from music and cinematography but still he could have pulled off a successful film if he had focused on his screenplay and extracting the drama rightly. The film takes off on a rather mild note and it picks up as it progresses but it is the interval bang which really offers promise.

However, all that fizzles out once the second half begins and at one point, the director was not sure how to land the film properly and brought it to a stale ending. Overall, this is a film which had the right recipe to become a successful dish but it got roasted and burnt by the director’s handling.

Bottomline: Bumpy ride and exhausting

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