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Shock October 14, 2006

Posted by Sai in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.
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This was a Ram Gopal Varma production in Telugu after a long time, so the expectations were high. What starts off as a very promising film, turns into an ordinary revenge drama in the end. What lets this film down is that it is predictable. We have seen some of the same things captured in earlier films like Mani Ratnam’s Roja (starring Arvind Swamy and Madhubala), Gunasekhar’s Manoharam (starring Jagapathi Babu and Laya), Mouli’s Hello Darling (starring Naresh and Sobhana) and more. The revenge part is, of course, seen in innumerable films. As the title suggests, the movie is about a shocking incident in the lives of a normal couple and the occurences thereafter.

Ravi Teja and Jyothika are good in the principal roles. The dependable Kota Srinivasa Rao gets to do a good role as the lawyer. Tabu does well in a cameo. Nagendra Babu as a CBI officer provides some laughs. Ravi Kale and Subbaraju suit the roles of the encounter specialists. The soundtrack by Ajay-Atul is good. The Madhuram and Nee Venta Nene songs are fantastic. Amar Mohile’s background score also deserves special mention. Kona Venkat provides the unoriginal story and some very good dialogue. Debutant director Harish Shankar (who did a bit role in A Film By Aravind as assistant director) handles the direction pretty well but his screenplay is where some of the fault lies. He brings a lot of freshness to the movie initially, with the love story between Ravi Teja and Jyothika. It is the latter part of the movie that lacks similar freshness, with the revenge aspect and scenes in the jail that seem very familiar. That brings this down to an average movie. Nevertheless, the initial part of the movie is worth watching and the latter part isn’t too bad either. If you are a music lover, don’t miss the two beautiful songs.

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1. Shujath - October 15, 2006

On the whole I felt this was an above average film…if you notice the jail thread and the subsequent escape (including the jail inmate providing the necessary help with money and ammunition after his escape) were inspired from another RGV production “Ek Hasina Thi”; also I felt the CBI officer’s role was somewhat similar to that of Boman Irani’s in “My Wife’s Murder”. They were planning to make this in Hindi too with Randeep Hooda; I guess they should have dropped it by now. Otherwise, it would again be the case of James remade as Shiva.


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