What is Good:
The film draws from a lot of Ram Gopal Varma’s films, especially ‘Satya’ ‘Company’ and ‘Ab Tak Chappan’ (RGV’s production house)! But where it separates itself from them is how the ingredients of a commercial Telugu film – dialogues, songs, love story, guns, and twists - are utilized to make this character study an interesting film.
Gopichand’s intensity is already proven and his acting abilities are used to the maximum in this film. His love interest Pavitra Priyamani) doesn’t hinder the film’s flow. Infact her character lends subtext to the film - Why a girl hating police falls for one? Welcome to the subtle subtext Tollywood.
But what is noticeable though is how Puri's heroines who generally are dumb ('Idiot','Pokiri' or 'Bujjigadu'), are coming to their own from 'Ek Niranjan'. They have a life, and their life isn't only dependent on the hero, much like Sekhar Kammula's heroines.
Priyamani’s constant talking into her mobile to a certain Gopi is rib-tickling, and this thread continues to entertain the audiences even in the climax of the film! Looks like Puri must have taken this thread leaf out of SS Rajamouli's films! Also there are emotional scenes that come in from where you least expect them.
Priymani keeps her act decent, and Roja plays a character where she showcases her histrionics well. Ali, in a very small role and Nazar as a Police Officer do well too.
The fast pace of the film is an asset to it.