Movie Review: Dhruva
Cast: Ram Charan, Rakul Preet Singh, Arvind Swamy, Navdeep, Posani Krishna Murali, Nasser, Shayaji Shinde, Madhu and Others
Music: Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Producers: Allu Aravind, NV Prasad
Screenplay & Direction: Surender Reddy
Release Date: 9th of December 2016
Ram Charan has been facing criticism for relying mostly on routine commercial entertainers. In addition, The failure of 'Bruce Lee' has only forced him to come out of his comfort zone. That's when he picked up the Telugu remake of critically acclaimed and commercially successful 'Thani Oruvan'. Will his judgement be proven right Today?
Dhruva (Ram Charan), an upright IPS Officer, who's sole agenda is to wipe out crime. Even while undergoing the IPS training, He nabs few criminals with the help of his Colleagues. But, Those criminals walk out from prison after sometime and continue walking in the same path. So, Dhruva focuses on the Man called Siddharth Abhimanyu (Arvind Swamy) who is behind all of those crimes rather than going after goons. The rest of the story is about how a Scientist & recipient of Padma Shree award has become a threat to the society & what has Dhruva done to remove his mask!
'Dhruva' will remain as a very special movie in Ram Charan's career. The way he moulded himself for the role of IPS Officer is pretty impressive and the hardwork put in by him is visible on screen. Serious scenes are a cake walk for Charan and that's been proven yet again. He excelled in action sequences once again.
Arvind Swamy leaves a lasting impression on the minds of people. He is simply superb in the movie. Be it his charming looks, costumes, body language and performance, This 90s Romantic Hero is exceptional.
Rakul Preet Singh does well in the role of Ishika. 'Pareshanu Ra..' is a visual feast for eyes. However, Some of her scenes as IPS Trainee look quite unusual.
Navdeep scores brownie points. Posani tickles the funny bone. Nasser and Shayaji Shinde does justice to their roles.
Ram Charan's Makeover
Arvind Swamy's All Round Show
Lacks Mass Appeal
Songs composed by Hiphop Tamizha are decent enough. Especially, Title Song stands out. It's his Background Score which stood as an asset to 'Dhruva'. Camera Work by PS Vinod is splendid. Visuals look much better than Tamil version. Dialogues by Vema Reddy are crisp. Production Values are on par with the standards set by Geetha Arts. Surender Reddy only made slight changes to the original as he wishes to create the same impact by retaining the soul. Compared to 'Thani Oruvan', 'Dhruva' is much more stylishly shot and have a superb quality. The whole team deserves credit for it.
We are used to watching Commercial Potboilers in which Protagonist always holds an upper hand over the Antagonist. That's why 'Dhruva' holds a special place. A strong Villain could elevate Heroism to a whole different level and it's been proven yet again with this movie. Superb characterizations of Hero & Villain, Brilliant Story and Taut Screenplay are the highlights of 'Dhruva'.
Although the Run Time exceeds 150 minutes, Surender Reddy made sure there isn't even a single unnecessary scene and delivered a good action thriller. This Ram Charan-starrer is better than 'Thani Oruvan' in terms of style quotient and quality yet does complete justice to the original.
'Dhruva' is a film which revolves around the character of Siddharth Abhimanyu. That's the special element here! The way villain's character was designed and the portrayal of Arvind Swamy as a white-collar criminal were simply marvelous. Even good importance is being given to role of Gowtham played by Navdeep. Makers didn't try to include unnecessary build-ups to Hero just for the sake of Fans.
Mind Game of Hero & Villain has been designed so well. Sequence where Villain holds an upper hand over Hero is a major highlight in 'Dhruva'. It's a high-point during the Interval Bang. In the Second Half, Villain keeps challenging Hero's intelligence. The love proposal sequence of Lead Pair hits the right chord with the audience. But, One must say Second Half isn't as crisp as First Half and that lowers the impact a bit. It's too early to say how Mass Audience will receive the Climax sans any fight. Even the narration of 'Dhruva' is very different from regular commercial entertainers. Though it have an intelligent screenplay, Logic goes for a toss in few sequences. Overall, 'Dhruva' is a must watch film for audience who enjoy thrillers and unique subjects.
Bottom Line: Intelligent Action Thriller!