Movie: Aatadukundam Raa
Banner: Sri G Films
Cast: Sushanth, Sonam, Brahmanandam, Vennala Kishore, Brahmaji, Prudhvi Raj, Murali Sharma and others
Story: Sreedhar Seepana
Music: Anup Rubens
Producers: Chinthalapudi Srinivas, A Naga Susheela
Direction: G.Nageswar Reddy.
Release Date: August 19, 2016
Director G Nageshwara Reddy is known for making decent comedy movie. Though he hasn't made a single movie that offered something new, he succeeded in delivering fairly entertaining movies.
So when he teamed up with Sushanth for a lavish movie, expectations started rising. So how has the film fared?
Two friends (Anand and Murali Sharma) part ways when misunderstanding widens gap between them. Some years later Karthik (Sushanth) who is nephew of one these friends tries to bring them together and unit both families. Karthik who is NRI comes to India and falls in love with Shruti (Sonam) who happens to be his uncle's daughter. Apart from romancing her, how he unites both the families form the story.
Sushanth has improved his acting skills compared to his earlier movie 'Adda' but he still needs to hone them a lot. Lookwise, he is better now.
Actress Sonam Bajwa has liberally indulged in skins show. Among the dozens of actors in the movie, Prudhvi scores. He has played the role of a TV serial director and has done some spoofs. Naga Chaitanya and Akhil have done cameo appearances.
A lot of money is invested in this movie as every frame looks rich and the time-machine set and graphics are good. Art work and music are its scoring points. Editing is completely bad - runtime is inexcusable and the second half has hotchpotch editing.
In the recent times, no writer came up with as many as silly scripts/awkward dialogue writing as writer Sreedhar Seepana came with. Still, the writer is getting offers. How outdated his ideas are is clearly visible in "Aatadukundam Raa".
In fact, there is no story to say, just some random ideas about spoofs, and a cliched point of a hero coming to bring two families together. In 'Aatadukundam Raa', there is no link between the family drama thread and comedy track, so it has become a kichdi. It gives the feeling that we are watching two different episodes in two split screens.
Generally, comedy actors enact spoofs of hit movies, but here the director has made Prudhvi a Television director. So we get to see the Prudhvi directing "Baahubali" and other movies on screen. We also see Rajamouli in his childhood.
The movie has a separate track about "time machine" which takes us to past and present. When the time travels to bygone era, we get to see a child who will become director of "Baahubali" in future.
We also see Naga Chaitanya in this time travel episodes when someone comes to buy Annapurna Studios. The film is filled with such spoofs and comedy tracks, leaving the "story" part to the winds. In fact, whatever little story it has that comes in between the spoofs and comedy bits.
And these so-called time-machine comedy track is also not entertaining, as it tests our patience with endless episodes. Director G Nageshwara Reddy has played with the audiences with his insipid ideas.
The villains look like caricatures, the conflict is silly. Heroine does glamour show to entertain the front benchers but her romantic track with hero is unbearable.
When the writer and director has run out of ideas for comedy, they brought in Naga Chaitanya and Akhil to spice up the mood but they don't make much impact. There are lot of unnecessary references about Akkineni family.
Although the movie begins nicely, it falters after few minutes and submerges into mess. Total second half gives headache. Brahmanandam's comedy is irritating.
Perhaps, both Sushanth and G Nageshwara Reddy should hitch the time machine and go back to when writer Sreedhar Seepana came to narrate this silly script and out rightly reject it.
Bottom-line: Bad Game