Nothing to Boast
2h 20m, ‘U/A’ Certified.
What Is the Film About?
Vikram and Priya are Interpol officers who go on one mission after another. Vikram goes into hibernation when one of his missions goes wrong. Finally, he surfaces after some time working as a bodyguard for high profile family with a daughter.
What happens when a few killers try to kidnap the girl and her mother? Who is The Ghost, and what’s his purpose forms the movie’s basic plot.
King Akkineni Nagarjuna has once again picked up an exciting, action-packed role in the line of Gaganam and Wild Dog. He navigates through the proceeds with ease and exhibits a body language that is unique to him.
When we look at Nagarjuna in the movie, it is clear that he is enjoying doing it. The work also is lighter in drama even though it has a serious issue related to the lead. Nagarjuna breezes through the proceedings, but there is nothing memorable here.
Sonal Chauhan plays the female lead in the movie in the typical sense. She has a good opening block along with the star but is later missing in action. Sonal surfaces in the second half again, but it’s too late by then to have any impact.
Praveen Sattaru directs The Ghost. He has been making movies for a decade, but it was only through PSV Garudavega that he gained widespread recognition. The Ghost also belongs to a similar action thriller genre, resulting in good buzz for the movie.
Looking at the opening block of The Ghost, one definitely feels that there is a genuine action thriller on cards by Praveen Sattaru. Unfortunately, the dream is short-lived, and none other than Praveen Sattaru is to be blamed.
Praveen Sattaru has been dabbling in various genres since the beginning of his career. He cracks the formula and then fills the script with details related to the formula. All his films show similar patterns, which has worked for a few of them. But, when it comes to The Ghost, he has failed spectacularly.
The biggest issue with The Ghost is missing nativity. Apart from Nagarjuna, there is nothing to hold the attention to. The setting, the relationship beats, the personal problem pertaining to the hero, and everything looks very derivative.
What works amidst them is the action scenes. Two action blocks stand out, one at the beginning and another during the flashback. But, apart from them, nothing engages.
The artists, setup, and execution lack the realism required to have the impact. The action scenes without any foundation don’t work. Even a slick action thriller isn’t exempted. We have a couple of examples recently where the emotions were blended wonderfully. The same doesn’t happen between the kid and Nagarjuna in The Ghost.
Not only does the story feel alien, lacking nativity to the audience, but we also have elevations that feel too over the top and dilute the impact of the thin wafer story, which is already an issue.
The climax after all that happens, the twists along the way, nothing adds up to make an impact. There are good shots, some excellent BGM work, and nice action, but nothing comes together as a whole to leave one impressed.
Overall, The Ghost is a wasted opportunity considering the resources at disposal. A couple of action scenes and Nagarjuna are all that movie has to grab attention, and they are not enough.
Performances by Others Actors
All the actors barring Akkineni Nagarjuna, look straight out of a non-Telugu OTT show or movie. There are some excellent actors like Gul Panag and Manish Chaudhary, but they are saddled with the most cliches of parts. The latter plays a villain with zero impact due to the all-powerful hero.
Anikha Surendran is alright playing a spoilt rich brat who later develops affection. Srikanth Iyenger and Ravi Varma are repetitive and getting typecast in their parts. The rest of the actors have nothing to talk about.
Music and Other Departments?
Apart from Nagarjuna, if there is nothing else that impresses, it is Mark K Robin’s background score. The music by Bharatt Saurabh is weak. Mukesh G’s cinematography and action choreography by DineshSubbarayan and Kecha Khamphadkee are noteworthy. Their effort is visible on screen throughout.
A Couple Of Action Scenes
Zero Emotional Connect
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
The Ghost Telugu Movie Review by Mirchi9
The Ghost fails to deliver the thrills and action engagingly due to a poor storyline and missing exciting content. Barring a couple of action blocks and the lead Nagarjuna, nothing to cheer about in the movie. A wasted opportunity, all around.
— Ghost second half started. Sonal Chauhan is back in story.
First Half Report:
Ghost starts excitingly with an action episode and then loses momentum quickly. It picks up again towards the interval when Ghost is revealed. The second half is crucial now to see where the movie ends.
— The Ghost started with an action episode followed by a song.
The Ghost Telugu USA Premiere will begin shortly. Stay tuned for the U.S. Premiere report.
Starring: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sonal Chauhan, Gul panag, Anikha Surendran,Manish Chaudhari, Ravi Varma, Shrikanth Iyyangar, Bilal Hossein
Presented by: Sonali Narang
Banner: Sri Venkateswara cinemas LLP & North star entertainment
Produced by: Suniel Narang, Puskur Ram Mohan Rao, Sharrath Marar
Written and Directed: Praveen Sattaru
Cinematographer: Mukesh G
Art director: Brahma kadali
Editor: Dharmendra kakarala
Songs by: Bharatt – Saurabh, Mark k Robin
Music by: Mark k Robin
Action Choreography: Dinesh subbarayan, kecha khamphadkee
Song choreography: Caeser, Vijisatish
Additional screenplay: Abburi Ravi
Lyricists: Krishna Kanth & Krishna Madineni
Stylists: Pallavi Sing (Akkineni Nagarjuna), Ashwin Mawle and Hassan Khan ( Sonal Chauhan) & Bobby Angara
Post Production: Annapurna Studios
Technical Head: CV Rao
VFX Supervisors: Venkateshwer.A, Vijay Gopal K
Sound Effects: Pradeep
Sound Mix: Kannan Ganpat
Executive producer: V.Mohan Rao, Venkateswara Rao Challagulla
Direction department: Siva, Uday, Tiru, Lavanya, Shynica, Akshay, Mukul Suhi
The Ghost Telugu Movie Review by Mirchi9