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Okka Magadu June 3, 2008

Posted by Sai in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.
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There were a lot of expectations from this film due to the teaming of director YVS Chowdhary (Devadasu, Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo) with Balakrishna. YVS has delivered a lot of hit films despite critics ripping them apart on the first day and Balakrishna has needed a hit for a long while. I expected a semi-bad film that would work at the box office. But what followed was a major disaster that, apparently, even hardcore Balakrishna fans couldn’t come to terms with.

The writer-director’s decision to rehash Shankar’s Bharateeyudu (Indian) along with various bits from other films is highly appalling. Shankar’s formula has been used successfully in many films but those films weren’t such shameless ripoffs. If you neglect the fact that this is a ripoff, this is just a bad mass flick that is not particularly dreadful (I am sure many Balakrishna fans would have enjoyed certain parts of the film atleast). YVS has definitely tried and this is clearly visible at times (most noticeably, Balakrishna seems to look much better in this film). But his gimmicks just don’t work this time and the bloated expectations wouldn’t have helped either.

For me, the most irritating aspect of this film is the make-up. Yes, it is possible that old people look like that but it is hard to recognize both Balakrishna and Simran and it affects their performances. And neither of them adjust their body language to suit the role (though you could forgive Balakrishna because he is supposed to be some sort of superheroic old man). Mani Sarma’s soundtrack isn’t a chartbuster. A couple of numbers are passable with the title track being the best.

A lot could be written about the defects of this film but I don’t want to. This film isn’t worth watching and I watched it only because I wanted to see what was so bad about it. In the end, I did feel that this was just as bad as other bad films in the genre but not as spectacularly dismal as it was made out to be.

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