Banner: Sri Vijayabheri Productions
Cast: Sree, Srinivas Avasarala, Kamal Kamaraju, Madhavi latha, Adonika, Srilekha
Music: Vijay Koorakula
Producer: G. Ravi
Written and Directed by: Shekkar Suri
CBFC rating: ‘A’
Release Date: 29-03-2013
Story: A group of friends go to Dandeli forest (Karnataka) for camping and everyone goes missing except Arvind (Sree). All his friends get killed brutally by an unidentified person. Arvind along with a film Director (Srinivas Avasarala) and his crew goes to the same forest to shoot a movie. Arvind starts investigating about his missing group members. What happens after that is what the story is about?
Performances: Sree is okay. Madhavi latha has been wasted. Srinivas Avasarala is decent. Kamal is okay. Adonika and Srilekha provided the required glamour. Benerjee and surya fitted in their roles. The Cinematography is top class. Music by Vijay is loud and dominated the scenes many times. Art work and editing are okay. Story is simple but the way it was narrated is okay to some extent. The Direction is good in few places. The production values are good.
Analysis: The Director Shekkar Suri who gained every one’s attention with the thriller ‘A FILM By ARVIND’ came up with another thriller. The frames and Locations are similar to his earlier thriller with fearful loud re-recording and two glamorous dolls for the oomph factor. The movie is lengthy and thrillers need to be crisp to draw more attention. Some Scenes are lengthy and appeared dragged, some are repetitive. The opening killings set a mood for the film and once the story gets revealed the narration falls flat. Sree being chased by the goons in Goa was dragged to the extreme.
Sree is okay in the role of the lead actor, he suited to the role. He definitely needs dubbing if he wants to continue acting in films. Kamal Kamaraju is good, he performed reasonably well. Srinivas Avasarala is subtle in expressions and dialogues. Madhavi latha got a poorly etched role. She has only one expression (looking feared) throughout. It has been long time she appeared on the screen. Adonika is hot in the song picturised on Kamal near the beach. Srilekha provided the required glamour. The remaining actors are okay.
The Technical departments have done fairly good job. Cinematography by Rajendrababu is exceptionally well. The Camera angles are creative and take the audience into the thriller mood. Editing is okay but could have taken care of length (153 minutes), its bit lengthy. Art work is good with mostly outdoor locations in the jungle. The story is simple but the director filled it with ‘n’ number of killings. The Director is heavily inspired from Hollywood flicks and tried to narrate it in Indian style. The bloodshed and killings is too much to bear at a point. Violence is at its peak in the second half. The Lack of Suspense and insufficient reason/logic behind the killings is a letdown. Shekkar suri has succeeded in making the Audience glue to their seats till the end but if only the second half could have been better this thriller could have turned into an interesting treat.
Reel Guru Meter:
This is not a better work from the Director who has given a seat edge thriller earlier. If you are thriller movie lover then give a try, watch the movie with less expectations to enjoy more.
Plus: Cinematography, some thrills
Minus: Story, Violence, repetitive scenes
Verdict: Below Average Thriller