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The Warriorr Review: Loses The Battle

The Warriorr Review: Loses The Battle

Movie: The Warriorr
Rating: 2.5/5
Srinivasaa Silver Screen
Cast: Ram Pothineni, Aadhi Pinishetty, Krithi Shetty, Nadiya, Akshara Gowda, and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
DOP: Sujith Vassudev
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Editor: Navin Nooli
Production Design: DY Sathya Narayana
Presents: Pavan Kumar
Producer: Srinivasaa Chitturi 
Written and Directed by: N. Lingusamy
Release Date: July 14, 2022

One film that has generated the right buzz and hype with its songs and promos in recent times is “The Warriorr”. The “Bullett” song went viral. With Tamil director N Lingusamy helming the film, it has raised curiosity. Has the film lived up to all expectations?

Let’s find out.

Satya (Ram Pothineni), a young doctor in Kurnool, pretty soon understands that rowdy Guru (Aadhi Pinishetty) controls the entire city.

When Satya complains about Guru in a police station, he also comes to know that the police are of little to help to the people here.

When Satya directly confronts Guru, the rowdy beats the doctor to the pulp. Satya’s mother (Nadiya) takes her wounded son to another city. Two years later, Satya is back in the city. This time as an IPS officer!

The rest of the drama is Satya vs Guru. 

Artistes’ Performances:
In his career, Ram Pothineni has never played a cop until now. As a doctor turned police officer, he delivers a flawless act. He is in his form. He shows a marked difference between his two avatars - doctor and cop.

Aadhi Pinishetty has delivered a believable act in the role of rowdy Guru.  

Krithi Shetty gets a cute role of Radio Jockey, but her character doesn't add much value to the story. She complements Ram very well with her dance. 

Nadhiya is okay. Brahmaji gets one noticeable scene.

Technical Excellence:
Devi Sri Prasad’s music is a huge asset. The catchy songs – “Bullett” and “Whistle” have helped much to the proceedings. Sai Madhav Burra shows his mark in some of the dialogues. The camerawork and the production design and values are decent. 

Ram Pothineni’s act as a cop
DSP's Songs
Krithi Shetty’s kidnap scene

Regular story
Climax and final scenes
Predictable narrative

Director Lingusamy’s maiden Telugu directorial starring Ram follows the regular theme of action dramas. The story isn't anything new except for Ram being a doctor turned police officer.

The introduction of Aadhi Pinishetty is interesting. For every murder he does, he plants a tree. To prove his murderous acts, the camera zooms on a vast forest. Such sequences have added novelty to an action drama at the start.

The fun romantic drama between the Radio Jockey (Krithi) and the doctor (Ram) in the beginning makes the proceedings watchable. Although the clash between Ram and Aadhi Pinishetty is routine, the early portions hold our attention.

The problem with this predictable storyline is that director Lingusamy has not added any new twist after the interval. It is a plain fight between a hero and a villain.

Everyone knows that hero will win against the villain in the end. So, what’s the thrill? The excitement one needs when two forces clash goes missing here in the second half.

The only highlight in the second half of the film is Krithi Shetty’s kidnap scene. The tense moments are written, acted, and directed terrifically. Barring this, the rest of the film goes on the expected line - the battle between the hero and the villain.

Lingusamy has presented Ram in his fiercest avatar as a cop, but he should have added more masala in the final portions.

The Kurnool backdrop, a rowdy controlling the entire city, a police officer taking on the rowdy… none of these are new to the Telugu audience. Perhaps, director Lingusamy thought a doctor becoming an IPS officer to give treatment to the wounded system might bring newness to the mass genre. It would have been different had he infused some energy in the latter part.

Despite three terrific songs, Ram’s hyperactive performance, and a couple of interesting scenes, the film lacks the ‘fire’ required for such mass entertainers. 

In a nutshell, “The Warriorr” is like Rayalaseema’s famous Ragi Sankati but this Sankati is not served with ‘Kodi koora’ but with sambar or chutney. Hence, the spiciness is missing. It is edible, but not tasty enough.

Bottom line: Not Whistle Worthy


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