Movie Review: Appatlo Okadundevadu
Cast: Nara Rohit, Sri Vishnu, Tanya Hope, Brahmaji, Rajeev Kanakala, Ajay, Satyadev, Prabhas Seenu, Satya Prakash, Ravi Varma and Others
Cinematography: Naveen Yadav
Music: Sai Kartheek
Background Score: Suresh Bobbili
Producer: Krishna Vijay-Prasanthi
Story, Screenplay & Director: Saagar K Chandra
Release Date: 30th December 2016
Nara Rohit had five new releases in the year 2016 already. Our Charming Hero wishes to end the year on a high with his maiden production 'Appatlo Okadundevadu'. Unique poster designs, promising trailers and aggressive pre-release promotions generated positive buzz around the movie. Rohit declared 'AO' as his best film of the year despite having a hit like 'Jyo Achyutananda' to his credit. Will movie buffs agree with his statement? Check it out...
Railway Raju (Sri Vishnu) is a cricketer who wishes to represent the Nation at the highest level one day. His Sister Ahalya (Manasa) becomes a maoist after marrying a Naxal Leader Savya Sachi (Ravi Varma). Imtiaz Ali (Nara Rohit) who hates Naxals as they are responsible for his father's death targets Railway Raju and ruins his career as a cricketer. Thereafter, Railway Raju forays into the crime world. What follows is a tug of war between Railway Raju & Imtiaz Ali? Do watch 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' to know who wins the battle!
'Appatlo Okadundevadu' belongs to Sri Vishnu. He excelled in a role of Railway Raju to the extent that you can't imagine anyone doing in it other than him. The transformation from a talented cricketer to a criminal has been beautifully portrayed by him. Playing the role which offers many variations, He showcased all the emotions without any shortcomings.
Yet again, Nara Rohit proves serious characters are his forte. He carried the intensity required throughout the movie and makes a lasting impression in the climax.
Tanya Hope does a fine job playing Railway Raju's Love Interest. Brahmaji is first rate. Satya Prakash, Rajeev Kanakala, Ravi Varma, Prabhas Seenu and Satya Dev does complete justice to their roles.
Sri Vishnu-Nara Rohit's Conflict
Last 30 Minutes
Songs composed by Sai Kartheek were appreciable. Suresh Bobbili's Background Score is in sync with the mood of the movie and elevates crucial scenes. Camera Work by Naveen Yadav is an asset. He succeeded in recreating the 90s era with lighting and theme. Art Work is just perfect. Production Values are commendable. Producers deserve praise for believing in the content. Director Saagar K Chandra left a mark of his own on 'Appatlo Okadundevadu'. Choosing such a complicated subject itself is a huge risk, still he managed to come out with flying colors. The kind of knowledge & clarity of thought he have on the issue back in the 90s could be seen in the movie. Saagar score brownie points both as a writer & director. He emerges as one of the best among Young Crop of Directors with this movie.
First things first, 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' is the biopic of Railway Raju, a Cricketer-turned-Criminal, narrated with a realistic approach. What makes it worth a watch is the 90s backdrop, performances and narration of a serious subject in a gripping manner.
Lot of aspects which had an impact on the society in the 90s such as Cricket, Naxalism, Rowdism and Globalization have been touched. Director Saagar deserves a special mention for giving importance to even the minute details. A Run Time of just 2 hours and 5 minutes hardly gives any scope for a dull moment.
Audience get the feeling of watching the life of Railway Raju from close quarters during the coarse of the movie. Usually, We see dramatization of scenes related to cricket in our movies. But, 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' presents the struggles a cricketer has to go through in a realistic manner. Everyone who likes cricket could relate to the character of Sri Vishnu.
Narrating the story from the angles of Imtiaz Ali & Railway Raju sans taking anyone's side makes 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' a very special movie. Although the film starts on a slow note, Momentum picks up once after reaching the conflict point. Interval Block sets the right tone for the second half. Railway Raju's elevation as a gangster has been presented quite well. The last half-an-hour is a major highlight of the movie. Twist in the penultimate portions is really thrilling. Emotional Quotient & the way Climax was designed is very impressive. Linking of the threads with the help of a taut screenplay is praise worthy. There is nothing to fault in the movie except for slow pace. Overall, 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' is a different film you shouldn't miss this Weekend.
Bottom Line: A Commendable Job!