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‘Taj Mahal’ Review: Not A Wonder

‘Taj Mahal’ Review: Not A Wonder
Film: Taj Mahal
Rating: 2/5

Cast: Shivaji, Shruti, Raghu Babu, MS Narayana, Brahmanandam, Venu Madhav, Chitram Seenu, Nazar etc
Story: Chandu
Dialogues: Gangotri Vishwanath
Camera: Srinivas Reddy
Producer: Shivaji Sontineni
Director: Arun Singaraju
Released On: 20th March 2010
 
Hero Shivaji acted and produced ‘Taj Mahal’, the remake from Kannada with same title. He introduced new heroine Shruthi with this. Let us see how it was dealt.
 
Story:
Ajay (Shivaji) is an Engineering College Student who falls in love with a rich girl Shruthi (Shruthi). It happens to be a one-sided love for Ajay as Shruthi already gets attracted to an unseen man, Kumar. He happens to be her phone friend and her father (Nazar) also agrees to the relation of his daughter with Kumar due to a personal reason. What is that reason? How did father agreed for the relation of Kumar with his daughter without seeing his face? What happens to Ajay? That forms the crux of the story.
 
Performances:
Shivaji is ok. He is ok while enacting lighter moments but not gripping with expressiveness as a passionate lover. Dialogues and direction also must be blamed for not extracting the true performance from this actor. (Especially while saying ‘sweet day….’ dialogue during heroine introduction)
 
Shruthi has some attractive features but she has little scope to shine in future in this most competitive field but performance and glamour wise.
 
Arthi Agarwal appeared in a guest appearance for a song..’Mayadaari Maisammo’…Some Telangana-fervor dialogues were projected from her. Director Srinivas Reddy and Rama Naidu were also appeared in guest roles.
 
Others are ok in their shoes. Comedy is weak. Music is also not so catchy. On a whole, had the dialogue and scene conceiving were powerful, this story would have got justified.
 
Analysis:
The first few moments are filled with amateur artistes and the audiences got a feel of watching a B-grade TV serial and a government promotion Ad sort of thing. But eventually, after the first song, the movie got some momentum and took off well till interval.
 
A few scenes got wasted. The audiences didn’t understand or couldn’t feel the emotion with some scenes. The talent show scene in college conveyed nothing at the end although it has got some build up in the beginning.
 
On a whole, this movie should have started with proper home work. The story requires some emotional platform to narrate. The good part in the movie is revealing the suspense at right time.
 
Bottom Line: Not gripping. Audience from back seats calling it ‘booj mahal’!!
 
(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com)

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