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Baadshah Movie Review


Rating: 3.25/5.0
Presented by: Sivababu Bandla
Banner: Parameswara Art Productions
Cast: Jr.NTR, Kajal, Navadeep, Siddartha, Brahmanandam, M.S.Narayana, Suhasini, Pradeep Rawat, Nagababu, Mukhesh Rishi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Kelly Dorje, Jayaprakash reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Thagubothu Ramesh, Rajeev kanakala, Ravi, Surekhavani, Pragathi
Screenplay/Dialogues: Gopi Mohan, Kona Venkat
Action: Vijay
Art: A.S.Prakash
Editing: M.R.Varma
Cinematography: K.V.Guhan
Music: Thaman S.S
Producer: Bandla Ganesh
Screenplay-Dialogues-Direction: Srinu Vaitla
CBFC Rating: ‘U/A’
Theatrical release: 5-04-2013

Story:  Rama Rao(NTR) meets Janaki(Kajal) in Italy, to become close to her NTR acts as if he had a love failure and Janaki sympathizes on him and takes him to her house. Slowly Ramarao impresses her. Janaki returns to India as her marriage gets fixed with ACP (Navadeep). Ramarao also comes to India and introduces himself to her family members as a Wedding planner. Who is NTR and what’s his mission?  Forms the remaining story?

Performances: NTR is okay, his comedy timing has improved and his costumes looked stylish with a changed look. Kajal is okay and her performance improved a lot. Brahmanandam is hilarious. Nassar, M.S.Narayana supported in comedy department. Navadeep, Shayaji Shinde, Mukhesh rishi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Kelly Dorjee, Tanikella Bharani, Jayaprakash reddy and others fitted in the supporting roles. Siddhartha played crucial role. Suhasini, Prathibha, Surekha vani, Rajitha, Sudha and others are okay in the family scenes.

Analysis: The much anticipated movie of the summer released today in record number of screens.
Sequence of Songs
First half:-
1)      Sairi sairo ….
Singers: Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen
Lyrics: Krishna Chaitanya
Picturised on NTR & chorus in Italy; Kajal and her sisters shared the screen in the middle. The song has some good steps.
2)      Diamond Girl
Singers: Silambarasan, suchitra
       Lyrics: Ramajogayya sastry
The song is picturised on Kajal and NTR, NTR looked stylish, Kajal is cute & glamorous
3)      Baadshah
Singers: Hemachandra, Shefali Alvaris, Geethamadhuri
      Lyrics: Vishwa
Picturised as a club song with item girl Meenaxi Dixit. It looked mediocre

Second half:
1)      Banthipoola Jaanaki
Singers: Daler Mehandi, Ranina Reddy
      Lyrics: Ramajogayya sastry
Cinematography is good; the choreography was okay and is in sync with the music. The VFX dance sequence in the second stanza looked artificial.
2)      Welcome kanakam
Singers: Sowmya Rao, Jaspreet Jazz
      Lyrics: Bhaskara Bhatla
Typical Srinu vaitla Item song, the song lighting and set work is similar to Dookudu song.
3)      Rangoli Rangoli
Singers: Divya Kumar, Sonu Kakkar
      Lyrics: Ramajogayya sastry
Mass song picturised in indoor (sets erected). The over flashy lighting and bright frames spoiled the mood. Kajal and NTR entertain with some mass steps.
       All the songs sounded like previous Thaman songs right from KICK movie. The orchestrisation was similar in all the songs. ‘Banthi poola janaki’ looked good on the screen and “Sairo Sairo” is okay with NTR dances. The background score was okay in the second half with “Raamjiii” sounding in the background.
                     NTR was okay in the role of Rama Rao but the don character didn’t suit him much. His one- liners appeared as if they were inserted forcibly even though the situation doesn’t demand. His episodes in the combination of Brahmi worked well in the second half. His dances imitating his grand Father sr. NTR in the Sangeeth episode will surely be loved by fans and masses. NTR tried out Telangana slang a bit it was okay and a relief. Kajal is okay, she looked active and her comedy timing improved a bit. “Banthi” philosophy is okay initially but it appeared dragging and boring when repeated. Ritu varma(short Film ‘Anukokunda’ fame) played the role of Kajal’s sister and she is okay. M.S.Narayana is okay as Revenge Nageswarao and his satirical dialogues remind us RGV, Rajamouli and Boyapati Seenu. Brahmanandam as Padmanabha Simha is a major asset for the film. His scenes with NTR and Nasser are rib-tickling. Nassar and brahmi scenes worked very well. The dream concept (INCEPTION) worked well and Brahmanandam has done 100% justice to the role. Suhasini, Mukhesh rishi, Ashishvidyarthi, Shayaji Shinde, Naga babu, Navadeep and the remaining cast filled the screen.
                       Srinu Vatila has repeated the same technical team of Dookudu for Baadshah starting from music, story & screenplay writers, cinematographer and editor. In addition to K.V.Guhan(cinematographer) other cinematographers( I Andrew, RD Rajasekhar, Jayanan Vincent) too helped in few episodes. Srinu vaitla has mixed all his previous films like Ready, Dhee, King, Don Seenu, Namo Venkatesa and Dookudu and churned out a clumsy and confusing weak story line which was supported by huge star cast. So the movie has the same look and feel. In the technical departments cinematography was okay in few episodes but it looked inconsistent. Art work is okay and the editing is neat. The star cast is very huge if you blink your eyes you may miss some (Master Bharath, Thagubothu Rramesh). The production values are very grand and Bandla Ganesh should be commended for investing huge budget believing srinu vaitla blindly.
   The script work was done by Kona Venkat and Gopi Mohan. They concentrated on the confusion plots which revolve around making a comedian fool with a concept (dream concept here; Reality show in Dookudu). The story is simple and wafer thin. They made it large by incorporating many confusing threads and finally made a mess. The comedy episodes worked well in the second half and saved the flick. Few punch dialogues by NTR are
“Baadshah decide ayithey war one side ayipoddi” (It was used too many times)
“Baadshah ni touch chesthe sound solid ga vuntadhi”
“Brathakaalante Baadshah kinda undaali… Chaavalante Baadshah mundhundali”
“Bhayapade vadu baanisa ….Bhayapette vadu Baadshah”
“Maa Thaatha Naku ee Peru pettindi chacchaka Samadhi meeda rayataki kaadu Charitralo rayataki”
“Baadshah is more dangerous than danger"
NTR dialogue on today’s girls was well received by the Audience.

                   There is no emotional content where the Audience can connect. The first half is very weak with boring thread of kajal and NTR and with Baadshah flashback episodes in the middle. The flash back episode did not have a strong impact. Siddhartha episode was very brief enough but at least tried to establish a link between the present and the past. Only Brahmanandam saved this weak storyline and clumsy screenplay written movie with hilarious entertaining track and performance.  The movie lacked proper romantic track between the lead pair. Kajal dominated in the first half with her Banthi concept and NTR tried to deliver punches/satires which looked very artificial.
The movie is a treat to the fans. We have to wait for the response of the common Audience whether they are in a state to get entertained, irrespective of the repetitive scenes and characterizations or not. Masses may like Brahmanandam’s hilarious episodes.
Reel guru Meter:
Story/Screenplay: 50%
Performances: 65%
Entertainment: 70%
Narration: 60%

Plus: Brahmanandam, Second half, Performances
Minus: wafer thin story, Clumsy Narration, boring first half

Verdict: Entertainer with action episodes. Typical Srinu Vaitla’s mark narrated film.

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