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'Greeku Veerudu' Review: Pleasing Family Treat

'Greeku Veerudu' Review: Pleasing Family Treat

Rating: 3/5
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Cast: Nagarjuna, Nayantara, K Vishwanath, Meera Chopra, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Ashish Vidyarthi, Kota and others
Music: S S Thaman
Cinematographer: Anil Bandari
Editor: Marthand K Venkatesh
Story, screenplay, direction: Dasaradh
Producer: D Siva Prasad Reddy
Release date: 03/05/2013

After scoring the hit in ‘Santosham’, Nagarjuna is teaming up with director Dasaradh once again and this time he has Nayantara by his side. Let us see how good this one is.

Story
Chandu (Nag) is an NRI who runs an event management company. He is very practical, has no sentiments and believes in money and having fun with girls. Though he has a big family in India comprising of grandfather (K Vishwanath) and others (Raghu Babu, Sudha, Kasi Viswanadh etc) he never visits. But a court case puts him in debts and Chandu plans to get the money by coming to India. A chance encounter introduces him to Sandhya (Nayan) a charming and kind hearted girl who works for an NGO. One thing leads to another and whether Chandu is successful in getting the required money or not forms the rest of the story.

Performances
Nag is like a mannequin model. His screen presence, costumes, spiked look and class are best quality. Performance wise, he carried out his role with ease and didn’t have to strain.

Nayan is a vision of beauty and grace. There is a hidden magic in her which captivates the audience whenever she is onscreen. Her performance and expressions are convincing.

K Vishwanath may have come off age but it is his screen presence and the way he carries himself which brings respect and regard for him. His strength lies in dialogue delivery.

Meera Chopra makes a comeback out of nowhere. She had a brief presence but her face looks puffed up and her styling, makeup was not proper. She could have looked better.

Brahmanandam brought his share of smiles, M S Narayana was hilarious in few places, Kota came and went, Ashish Vidyarthi was apt. The rest of the cast like Geetanjali, Kasi Viswanadh, Raghu Babu, Sudha, Supreeth, Dharmavarapu were there to fill the screen.

Highlights

  • Nag-Nayan screen chemistry
  • Screenplay
  • Story
  • Music

Drawbacks

  • Graphics
  • Slow Pace

Analysis
There is a general belief in the Tollywood industry that Telugu audience need entertainment for two plus hours and irrespective of the logic or the concept, if you can provide them with the laughs then they make it a hit at the box office. Some of the recent films which have scored success relied on star power, comedy and entertainment quotient. Well, that is working in a sense but there are times when some films come which make you think. They convey that it is not just about mass masala potboiler stuff but there is something called quality, class, conviction and above all, a message to the audience.

This is one such film. Though the title sounds macho and may not be relevant to the story, there is quite a bit to experience. The fundamental is simple, human relations and the value one should give to them. But it is the director’s talent and ability to convey that simple point in the most convincing way mixing it with dose of entertainment and other emotions. Dasaradh has accomplished the task in a decent way leaving not much room to complain.

At the same time, the film may not have those awestruck moments pushing you to introspect but that momentary feel is good enough to say job well done. The film takes off without much drama and gets to the point. As it progresses the twists occur and the interval bang was neat. The second half was safe without any overdose of melodrama and though there were few silly comedy scenes they can be passed off under cinematic liberties.

Both the production and technical values have also been quite effective. As such, this may not be a film for a frontbencher’s taste but it sure is a treat for the family audiences and those who are sensitive towards human relations and emotions. This may not produce an extraordinary result at the box office but it will turn out to be a pleasing venture for the makers.  

Bottomline: Simple, sensitive and well narrated family entertainer

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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