What Is the Film About?
Siddhu, aka Siddharth (Kalyan Ram), falls in love with Ishika (Ashika Ranganath), an RJ. However, she has a few conditions and will marry only if they are met. Siddhu’s problem is solved when he meets his doppelgangers, Manjunath Hegde and Michael.
How do the doppelgangers manage to solve Siddhu’s problem? The movie’s main plot is about the bigger threat Siddhu faces and how he overcomes it.
After Bimbisara, Kalyan Ram has picked another challenging outing as an actor. If it was a double role previously, he picks a triple role here. The three parts offer him scope to show variations, as one would expect.
Kalyan Ram has gone about his work sincerely and honestly. He does the different roles to the best of his abilities, and it shows on screen. The ‘effort’ is visible, which is both right and wrong. More than anything, as the entire narrative rests on his shoulders, and he makes one sit and be engaged until the end, it is a job well done.
Ashika Ranganath is fine on screen. She has the looks which work well in commercial outings. When it comes to performance, it is manageable. Ashika gets a decent role here, and she is alright.
Rajendra Reddy writes and directs Amigos. It is a triple-role movie with an interesting set-up. The core story revolves around the three doppelgangers who have no relation to each other.
The good thing about Amigos primarily is the lack of confusion and clear narrative. The movie opens by introducing the world of the main lead (among the three). The entire first half is basically his love story.
The concept of doppelgangers, too, is neatly introduced into the narrative and progresses without any deviations. We know something will be off somewhere, but that is withheld for entertainment.
Unfortunately, entertainment is the problem in this entire romantic stretch, almost extending until the interval. It is a passable variety. Some parts work, but most of it is flat. It is also predictable, as one easily knows where things are headed. It makes one keenly look forward to the real twist in the tale.
The interval is where the real momentum arrives with the revelation of the core plot. It isn’t entirely unpredictable if they have seen the trailer. But the way it’s built to that point, and the big reveal happens, makes it look effective.
The real story is unveiled in the second half when the character and motive of the antagonist are revealed. It feels exciting, but the subsequent proceedings fail to utilise it properly.
If it was the love track and entertainment for the most part in the first half, then it is thriller and drama in the second, with action thrown in between. And for a thriller to work, there have to be exciting moments and frequent twists that should take us off guard. Nothing of that sort happens in Amigos, but simultaneously it isn’t bad either. Amigos is somewhere in between with a flat progression.
The narrative takes a predictable approach, another failing from an action thriller perspective. The core hook related to the lead and his good doppelganger makes one sit through the proceedings. The ending, after all the thrills cum drama, is decent, with a little twist.
Overall, Amigos has a different and out-of-the-box premise, but the narrative fails to bring the excitement in required doses on screen. It goes on flatly with minor level thrills and ends passably. If you like to watch something different and have low expectations, give it a try.
Performances by Others Actors
The movie is all about Kalyan Ram. The three roles occupy most of the screen time. Apart from him, we have Brahmaji and Jaya Prakash in vital parts. They are adequate despite little scope. The rest of the actors hardly register and are wasted.
Music and Other Departments?
Ghibran’s music is alright. The hit remix song is placed well and enhances the movie’s commercial appeal. The background score works in parts. Soundar Rajan’s cinematography is neat, as the film bears a rich look throughout. The production values help the cause. Tammiraju’s editing helps in a clutter-free and clear narrative. The writing is typical of the flicks of this genre.
Out Of The Box Concept
Parts Of The Second Half
Flat First Half
Love Track /Comedy
No Genuine Thrills or Highs
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, with reservations
Movie Review by M9News
The real story of Amigos comes in the second half. It is okay and manages to engage, albeit with not much high, until the end making the movie a decent one-time watch. If you want to watch a film with a different story, try it, but keep the expectations in check.
First Half Report:
Despite triple roles, Amigos’ first half moves on simple lines with no confusion. Most of it is a passable love story, but it manages to build intrigue around the interval mark. The second half is crucial now to see if things turn exciting or not.
— Amigos show started. Siddhu (Kalyan Ram) falls for RJ Ishika. Comedian Saptagiri explains doppelgänger concept.
Stay tuned for Amigos Review, USA Premiere report.
Cast: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Ashika Ranganath, Brahmaji, Sapthagiri & Others
Written & Directed by: Rajendra Reddy
Producers: Naveen Yerneni and Y Ravi Shankar
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers
Music Director: Ghibran
DOP: S. Soundar Rajan
Production Designer: Avinash Kolla
Costume Designers: Rajesh – Ashwin
Executive Producer: Hari Tummala
Lyrics: Ramajogayya Sastri, Rehaman
Dialogues: Surendra Krishna, Ravi Reddy Mallu, Sudhakar Reddy Yeruva