‘Powerstar’ Pawan Kalyan’s most current actions entertainer Katamarayudu, ” a remake of Ajith’s Veeram, sets out to achieve two aims, beyond whatever story it tries to tell.
The very first of the two would be to portray Pawan Kalyan as a messiah of the downtrodden and helpless. And the next is to put things right, place the debacle of Pawan Kalyan’s previous film Sardaar Gabbar Singh. The film succeeds even though it doesn’t quite do anything spectacular to keep the audiences hooked to its world, in whatever it tries to reach.
The film reinforces the belief that Pawan Kalyan’s attitude and allure haven’t diminished at all, if anything.
Pawan Kalyan from the Katamarayudu teaser.
Katamarayudu leaves no bones about portraying its lead actor because of mythical character, whose gaze alone is enough to send shivers down the back of their goons and corrupt politicians. It also helps that turn this family drama into a ride, even until it hits the cliches that are probable to keep the event and Pawan Kalyan himself loosens around dig into his entertaining side.
This is a film whose narrative might very well have been brushed aside had it not been to its camaraderie between Pawan Kalyan and his four brothers, played by Ajay, Siva Balaji, Chaitanya Krishna and Kamal Kamaraju. The four are honor his character, and it shows from the film.
But this is the kind of film that is much more interested in producing moments for the actor’s fans as opposed to telling a story.
We are advised that Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan) is probably the most effective man of the area and he doesn’t tolerate injustice into the farmers in the area. He resides in a house together with his younger brothers. His life is almost perfect, except the fact that he doesn’t like women, although his brothers expect to get married.
Soon, they all plot with each other to introduce a classical dancer Avanthi (Shruti Haasan) into Katamarayudu. The remaining part of the story is all about the way Avanthi and Katamarayudu fall in love and he becomes a better person in the process.
The first half of the film is full of some moments centered across Pawan Kalyan, Ali and Shruti Haasan. Is a scene where Katamarayudu understands that he has started to like Avanthi, despite his reluctance to fall in love, and all he does is grin to himself. In another instance, he tells her that he doesn’t understand how to express his love and that he wanted to deliver her a “love emblem” on his phone to indicate for her.
From the context of this film and its personalities, the 2 scenes tell everything that one needs to understand about how manager Kishore Kumar Pardasani has handled the personality of Katamarayudu. It’s subtle but done. Shruti Haasan delivers a performance and is stunning in the film. Among others, Rao Ramesh shines the many and his signature dialog ‘Kaani Kaani Kaani Kaani‘ (Kaani loosely translates into ‘but’) will remain with you long after you walk out of this theatre.
Despite all its great moments in the first half, Katamarayudu leaves you with mixed feelings in the long run. It doesn’t try too hard to evoke an overwhelming desire to empathise with its characters and gives us enough stuff. The second half in particular leaves you having a deja vu feeling about heroes rescuing other families and villagers from severe troubles. The background score that is uninspiring is another letdown.
There are movies which overwhelm you and then there are movies which underwhelm the crowd. Katamarayudu is the kind of film which whelms the audience.
See it for Pawan Kalyan along with also a flavor of ‘seema pourusham’ (Rayalamseema’s pride), however, chances are that you have seen the identical story several times in the previous sans Pawan Kalyan.
In the end, when you’re asked the inevitable question: how was this film? You know exactly what to say and it is there in the film – Bagundhi, Kaani Kaani Kaani Kaani (What’s ok, but but but nevertheless).
Published Date: Mar 24, 2017 02:52 pm | Updated Date: Mar 24, 2017 02:52 pm