Aims High Delivers Low
‘U/A’ Certified 125 mins.
What is the film about?
The film is basically about the journey of two characters Imtiaz Ali (Nara Rohit) and Railway Raju ( Sri Vishnu). How a potential National cricketer Raju is led to the world of crime and what happens, in the end, is what the film is all about.
How is Nara Rohith and Sree Vishnu’s performance?
Nara Rohit does his usual with a serious face. Since he plays a Muslim character he mouths few Hindi lines for a change. There is absolutely no scope for emotional scenes or any comedy. It is a one-note act and he does it well.
Sree Vishnu gets the role of a lifetime but it feels too much for him, it is more than he can chew. With such a powerful role in his kitty, one fails to remember even one standout scene at the end of the movie. He lacks the gravitas and screen presence required for such a huge role.
Direction By Sagar K Chandra?
Sagar K Chandra makes a confident attempt with the film Appatlo Okadundevadu. Clearly, he stands out from a hoard of fresh directors in the recent past and that is because of the subject he has chosen. To those who follow the gangster dramas of the west there might be nothing new at all. But for anyone who isn’t aware of them, this is an engaging watch that might appear to be devoid of formula.
The director follows the gangster genre formula to the T and delivers a fairly engaging movie set in our own relatable backdrop. The problem, therefore, is not with the film itself or the making, the low budget and its resultant problems are excusable. The problem is with the actors and what all in cramped in that short runtime.
The actors fail to take a special moment beyond the mechanical, they fail to bring magic and with the director adding too many threads to the narrative until the end, the absorbing drama effect is never felt. There are no real twists and turns apart from the pre-climax one. The movie has content, the execution is fairly decent but still Appatlo Okadundevadu feels like a boring watch in the end.
Tanya Hope and others?
Taniya Hope is okay. Brahmaji stands out with his performance in the movie. Prabhas Sreenu is fine. The rest are adequate in the small parts given to them.
Music and other departments?
Sai Karthik who disappointed in the other movie released today is in fine form here. Musically it is alright but background score is very good. The cinematography is poor. Editing should have been better. Dialogues are good in parts.
Pre-climax and Climax
90’s Set Up
Formulaic gangster drama
Real estate mafia, fake notary scam, cricket, gangster revenge, any one of these should have been picked as plot and the entire film should be driven on it with no unnecessary additions in between.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
With huge reservations.
Appatlo Okadundevadu Movie Review by Siddhartha Toleti