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'Balupu' Review: Time Pass Treat

'Balupu' Review: Time Pass Treat

Rating: 3/5
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Cast: Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Anjali, Prakash Raj, Ashutosh Rana, Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam, Ali, Nasser, Srinivas Reddy, Tagubothu Ramesh and others
Music: Thaman
Editor: Gautham Raju
Cinematographer: Jayanan Vincent
Story, screenplay, direction: Gopichand Malineni
Producer: Param V Potluri
Release date: 28/06/2013

Ravi Teja who has been going through a string of flops is arriving with yet another attempt and this time he has teamed up with Gopichand Malineni who has given him success before. Let us see how this one works.

Story
Ravi (Ravi Teja) works as a recovery agent in a bank and his father Mohan Rao (Prakash Raj) is bent upon seeing him married. But Ravi is always waiting for the right girl to get connected. Meanwhile, Shruti (Shruti Haasan) and her uncle Crazy Mohan (Brahmi) want to have some fun and they keep taking people for a ride with their tricks. Shruti is engaged and wants to have full fun before she gets married hence this act. One such encounter gets her to meet Ravi and eventually Shruti falls in love with him. But there is a past that Ravi and his father have. What is that past and how things take shape forms the rest of the story.

Performances
Ravi Teja is his energetic best and he has got the power to engage the audience as long as he is onscreen. His punch dialogues and his timing worked well this time.

Shruti Haasan is a glamour doll. She has toned up her body with perfect oomph factor and gave the required visual feast. There is no doubt that she is going to play a long innings in Tollywood and reach top position.

Anjali’s character was significant and she has delivered her bit as required. Though her role was non glam her body language and expressions give enough to tickle the nerves.

Prakash Raj had a contrasting role and he has performed well. Adivi Sesh's screen presence is impressive. He can be a very promising villain in Tollywood. Brahmanandam gave his share of comedy and Ali also shined wherever possible. Ashutosh Rana didn’t have a powerful characterization he could have been used better. Nasser was natural. The others were there to fill the screen.

Highlights

  • Ravi Teja
  • Bramhanandham
  • Entertainment

Drawbacks

  • Music
  • Routine plot
  • Silly Dialogues
  • Flashback

Analysis

A Ravi Teja film is all about high energy performances, strong masala dialogues, mouth drying glamour dose and above all, hilarious comedy.

These are the standards he has set from his past movies. Given his recent string of flops it was important for him to sustain the same expectations. And this time it looks like the director has succeeded to an extent.

The film has nothing new to offer and content wise it is not that great. But he was careful to do the packaging in the right manner and keep the energy flow constant without any dip.

The film takes off on a usual note and has the usual elements of humor, songs, action and some romance.

The interval bang reveals the plot and gives the required twist.

The second half continues with the same momentum and maintains the entertainment factor as well. On the flip side, the film doesn’t have anything unexpected or curious.

The director has followed the typical commercial potboiler formula and exploited Ravi Teja’s mass image with Shruti’s glamour appeal in right proportions and pulled it off. That way, the film would work commercially though it doesn’t score on the content and depth of subject.

Given the fact that there are not many big releases around will benefit the collections. Overall, this is a film which can be watched for its time pass entertainment.

Bottomline: Typical Ravi Teja Film

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

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