Movie: Yuddham Sharanam
Banner: Vaarahi Chalana Chitram
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Lavanya Tripathi, Srikanth, Rao Ramesh, Revathy, Priyadarshi, Kireet and others
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi
Music: Vivek Sagar
Camera: Niketh Bommi
Action: King Solomon
Producer: Rajani Korrapati
Direction: Krishna RV Marimuthu
Release date: September 08, 2017
After delivering two back-to-back hits with 'Premam' and 'Raarandoy Veduka Chuddham', Naga Chaitanya has teamed up with a new director Krishna Marimuthu, who is his childhood buddy.
Though the film has not created much buzz, Naga Chaitanya has been telling that it is an intelligent thriller.
Let’s see how much truth lies in his claims?
Arjun (Naga Chaitanya) lives with his parents (Rao Ramesh and Revathy) and they are a close-knit family. On the night of their 30th wedding anniversary, he gifts movie tickets to remastered Sagara Sangamam. Upon returning from the movie, they land in trouble that leads to their killing later.
Who killed them and why? Why the dreaded criminal Naik now wants to eliminate the entire family of Arjun?
As an expert in drone making and a youngster seeking revenge on a personal loss, Naga Chaitanya fits the bill.
Lavanya Tripathi has nothing much to do in the film. Srikanth in a villain role has come up with most intense performance. He has transformed into negative character with so much ease.
The veteran actors Rao Ramesh and Revathy have done their roles spotlessly. Murali Sharma is okay.
Camera work is an asset to the film. Cinematographer Niketh Bommi has captured the visuals and action stunts interestingly. Even the lighting pattern in romantic and family episodes is quite good.
Vivek Sagar of “Pelli Choopulu” fame has given couple of melodious songs but they don't make much value on the screen. Film has adequate production values.
Routine revenge story
Lack of excitement
Utterly boring second half
Based on the story by David Nathan, who earlier wrote Nani starrer “Gentleman”, Naga Chaitanya and Lavanya starrer “Yuddham Sharanam” begins on an interesting note but it in no time, it slumbers into regular mode. By the time movie reaches the interval bang, it is pretty clear that the story line is routine.
The film moves back and forth in the first half revealing the family side of Naga Chaitanya, which makes for an okay watch. But the much-hyped intelligent screenplay in the second half turns so monotonous.
We also get the feeling that we are watching Gautham Menon's "Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo" one more time as the revenge drama and hero caught in the mess without his fault are almost similar. In Gautham Menon's film, it is heroine who lands in trouble, here parents and other family members have the problem.
To be fair to the movie, family emotions showcased in the film are decent and the fun moments between Naga Chaitanya, Revathy and Rao Ramesh are interesting. Beyond this, it doesn't give any light moments or engaging material.
The director makes hero kidnap the gang of Srikanth and torture them but these sequences do not leave any impact. Even the reason given by the hero for not approaching media and police for the help is silly.
Srikanth's characterisation is one dimensional with no depth. While the first half of the movie seems lengthy, the climax part makes us feel rushed leaving the audience unsatisfied.
Films like these need better handling but new director Krishna's lack of experience has made the proceedings dull. Wrong placement of songs, utter lack of entertainment, slumbering pace, not exploiting romantic track, show he has no grip on narration.
Despite the presence of comedian Priyadarshi, it doesn't offer any entertainment. You twist in the seat more than the twists in the story.
On the whole, Naga Chaitanya's "Yuddham Sharanam" is quite boring and routine despite technical gloss. It may not appeal to any section of audiences.
Bottom-line: Nothing New