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'Sarrainodu' Review: Mass Overdose

'Sarrainodu' Review: Mass Overdose

Movie: Sarrainodu
Rating: 2.75/5
Geetha Arts
Cast: Allu Arjun, Rakul Preet Singh, Aadi Pinishetty, Srikanth, Catherine Tresa, 
Brahmanandam, Anjali, Jayaprakash Reddy and others.
Dialogues: Diamond Rathnam
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematography: Rishi Punjabi
Editor: Kotagiri
Stunts: Ram Lakshman, Ravi Varma
Producers: Allu Aravind
Directed by: Boyapati Sreenu
Release Date: 22 April 2016

After delivering a hit with “Legend”, director Boyapati was chased by all top heroes but he teamed up with Allu Arjun who is known as stylish star.

The combination of stylish star and mass director had created curiosity. The trailers raised expectations further.  With huge expectations, “Sarrainodu” has released. Let’s find out how the movie has fared.

Gana (Allu Arjun) beats up anyone who does wrong activities. Though he is son of a state’s Chief Secretary, he takes law in his hands as and when system doesn’t serve justice to the needy. He served a small stint in Military but came back home as he feels the system is not good shape here. He falls in love with a girl while she is sweeping the roads. She turns out to be MLA Hansitha Reddy (Catherine Tresa). He proposes her but she rejects it.

One day, his father sends him to Parnashala in Khammam district to see the daughter of his friend Jaanu (Rakul). Along with his uncle (Srikanth), he goes to Parnashala and returns to his home saying the girl has rejected him.

Meanwhile, Hanshitha Reddy falls in love with Gana when he fights for justice for one of her people. But she asks him to oath that he will never lands in fights with rowdies and leaves all these activities. When he is about to promise her in the temple promises Jaanu runs to him and asks him to save her from the men of Vairam Dhanush (Aadi Pinishetty). What has really happened? What is the flashback? 

Artistes’ Performances:
Allu Arjun is in top form with his bulked up body, he has tried his best to save the movie from being dull in many scenes. Although sometimes he has gone overboard in showing off  his muscles, he has done justice.

Aadi Pinishetty, the talented actor, is shown in a weak role. Catherine as MLA is good. 

Rakul’s role is weepy and is a very predictable character. Brahmanandam’s comedy fails to impress. Srikanth’s role is also not worth talking about.

Among many actors, none make any impression despite the presence of JP, Srikanth, Annapoona, etc.

Technical Excellence: 
The film is shot richly with lavish values. Bollywood cinematographer Rishi Punjabi’s camera work shines through. His work is excellent. Among the songs,

Thaman’s two tunes “Blockbustere..” and “Telusa Telusa..” are better ones. Editing is okay. Artwork is rich.

Diamond Rathnam’s dialogue doesn’t have the punch. Boyapati’s story and screenplay is outdated and his narration lacks the energy of “Legend”.


  • Interval bang
  • Allu Arjun


  • Predictable story, screenplay
  • No comedy or entertainment
  • Mindless violence
  • Full of illogical scenes
  • Boring second half

Boyapati’s movies are aimed for mass audiences as he makes only action entertainers with time-tested storylines. But there is a belief in Tollywood that he is better delivering goods with Nandamuri Balakrishna and not with other stars. Even before interval ends, “Sarrainodu” has proved this belief.

Boyapati has written the story and screenplay. His writing and direction is so clichéd. The story of the movie stinks with 80’s feel and it has full of illogical scenes.

Allu  Arjun is shown as son of a Chief Secretary but he behaves like an awara. He falls in love with his local MLA but he doesn’t know who she is when he sees her first. The state’s DGP, highest officer in police system, is shown so powerless and when a rowdy shoots at DGP, the police look at the rowdy with fear!

When a Chief Minister’s son kills 21 people in a village and kidnaps rest of the villagers, the local MLA’s daughter runs from the village to Hyderabad (nearly 200 km) to tell this matter to hero but not the police or media. These are sample of silly scenes that beat the logic. 

First half of the movie is though slow is somewhat better. Although the romantic thread between Allu Ajrun and Catherine is not believable, it is entertaining. The scene of grandmother of Allu Arjun interviewing Catherine is hilarious. Such light moments have saved the first half of the movie. Post interval, the movie runs into so clichéd path with full of action sequences that bore us.

In the beginning, it is shown as Vairam Dhanush played by Aadi Pinishetty as most powerful villain but in the second half he is reduced to normal guy. So the confrontation between Allu Arjun and Aadi has no required intensity.

What works in the film are the interval bang and Allu Arjun’s acting. Though songs are just average, the song “Telusa Telusa” is lavishly shot. The song is visually beautiful.

This is director Boyapati’s weakest story that is told in boring way. Except some scenes in first half and the sequence of Allu Arjun surrendering to the police and revealing about the real villain, the movie has no worth scenes. Neither the movie has any entertainment. 

All in all, Allu Arjun and Boyapati have come up with an out and out mass movie that has no great scenes.

Bottom-line: Too Loud

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