Movie Review: Katamarayudu
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Nasser, Ali, Ajay, Shiva Balaji, Krishna Chaitanya, Kamal Kamaraju, Tarun Arora, Rao Ramesh, Pradeep Rawat, Pruthvi, Pavitra and Others.
Music: Anup Rubens
Story: Bhupathi Raja-Akula Siva
Dialogues: Srinivas Reddy
Screenplay: Vasu Varma-Deepak Raj-Kishore Kumar Pardasany
Producer: Sharrath Marar
Direction: Kishore Kumar Pardasani (Dolly)
After the colossal flop of 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh', Pawan Kalyan was supposed to work for 'Veeram' Telugu remake under SJ Suryah's Direction. The project, however, came Director Dolly's way after SJ Suryah was floored with acting assignments. Titled as 'Katamarayudu', This biggie released Today amid high expectations. Let's see what is it all about...
Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan), a village head, who loves his Four Brothers so much that the thought of Marriage doesn't come to his mind as he fears it might lead to a rift between the five brothers. Contrary, All the Four Brothers fall in love and makes attempt to convince his Elder Brother some how. Finally, They reach a conclusion that Avanti (Shruti Haasan) is the only hope for their problem and unites her with Katamarayudu by playing few tricks. What happens when Avanti discovers the actual truth about Katamarayudu? Who are those anti-social elements targeting Avanti's Family? Do watch 'Katamarayudu' in theaters near you for knowing about it!
'Katamarayudu' is the one-man show of Pawan Kalyan. He entertainers his fans to the fullest with this commercial potboiler. Undoubtedly, This Get-up is one of the best in PK's Career. Pawan excelled in Comedy Blocks & Romantic Scenes with Shruti Haasan. He exhibited the emotions quite well in the Climax as well.
Shruti Haasan does a crucial role. All of her scenes with Pawan Kalyan are very entertaining. She wins brownie points with her glamour quotient.
Out of the four brothers, It's Ajay who emerges as the Top Scorer. Siva Balaji, Krishna Chaitanya and Kamal Kamaraju does a fine job. Ali tickles the funny bone after a long gap. Nasser is first rate. Tarun Arora and Pradeep Rawat are just okay. Rao Ramesh tried to a bit different this time but it didn't workout much. Pruthvi fails to impress.
Anup Rubens disappoints big time. The music composed by him isn't apt for a Mass Entertainer. All the tracks, except 'Mira Mira Meesam', were just ordinary. Even Background Score isn't appreciable. Visually, Only the title track is appealing. Cinematography by Prasad Murella is an asset. Production Values aren't on par with PK's earlier films. VFX in Train Fight exposes it. Director Dolly adapted Tamil flick 'Veeram' so well to suit Pawan Kalyan's image. Inspite of limitations, Dolly showed his expertise in Action Blocks. Some of the dialogues like 'Chavuke Nenante Bhayam…Nenu Evari Daggaraku Vellamante Valla Daggaraku Velthundi' were impressive. Dolly can't be blamed for routine story/screenplay as its a remake. He succeeded in making 'Katamarayudu' a treat for Pawan Fans using his image to the fullest.
First things first, 'Katamarayudu' is a film solely made to entertain Fans & Masses using the image of Powerstar. Makers served what they wanted and Fans have no reason to complain what-so-ever. But, That doesn't mean this formulaic flick have no negatives. It's a pucca commercial entertainer which don't offer anything new in terms of either Story or Screenplay.
For General Audience, 'Katamarayudu' will be just one-time watchable if they could enjoy the routine hero elevation scenes. Majority of the viewers doesn't find them irritating just because Pawan Kalyan hasn't done something like that before. The Rayalseema backdrop, Mass Characterization of PK, his New Avatar & Impressive Performance works in favor of 'Katamarayudu'. It's going to be an enjoyable experience to those who connects with Pawan's Character or those who admires him. Others will be disappointed to know someone like Pawan Kalyan has delivered an 'Old Wine in Old Bottle' kind of product.
'Katamarayudu' is a remake of Tamil flick 'Veeram' which have an outdated plot. People were really surprised when they came to know about Pawan Kalyan signing this project. For the Telugu Version, The central plot remains one and the same. Just few more new scenes were added to change the overall appeal and keeping fans in mind.
Pawan Kalyan's Role will be entertaining throughout the course of the movie. Heroism Elevating Scenes stood as an asset. First Half of the movie entertains with good dose of comedy, romance and fights. Screenplay in Second Half isn't upto the mark. Focus is mostly on the action elements here, comedy & romance take the back seat. Inclusion of few twists could have made it more engaging. Climax is just okay. Even better editing could have helped the cause. Overall, 'Katamarayudu' is a decent Mass Masala Flick.
Bottom Line: Only for Pawan Fans!