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Review : Greeku Veerudu – Family drama
Greeku-Veerudu01 Release date : 03 May 2013
123telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Director : Kondapalli Dasaradh Kumar
Producer : D Siva Prasad Reddy
Music Director : S. Thaman
Starring : Nagarjuna, Nayantara, Meera Chopra

‘King’ Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘Greeku Veerudu’ has released across the world today. The movie has been directed by Dasaradh and Siva Prasad Reddy has produced it on Kamakshi Movies banner. The film has Nagarjuna and Nayanathara in the lead roles. Music has been composed by Thaman. Let us see how the film is.

Story :

Chandu (Nagarjuna) is a selfish NRI event manager. He believes in enjoying life, without any commitments and attachments. After the failure of an event, he is dragged to court by PR (Ashish Vidyardhi) and Chandu ends up with a massive fine on his hands.

At this point, he comes to know about his family fortune in India, which is about a 1000 Crores. Chandu does not have any ties with his relatives, so he decides to go to India and win them over for his selfish reasons. His grandfather Ramakrishna Prasad (Vishwanadh) welcomes him with open arms and grows fond of him.

On the journey to India, he runs into Sandhya (Nayanatara), who works for the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation. He develops feelings for her and Sandhya also reciprocates.To appease his family, Chandu requests Sandhya to act as his wife, to which she obliges.

But things unravel once Chandu’s motives become known. What will he do in these circumstances? Will he change as a person? Will he win back the love of his grandfather? That forms the story of ‘Greeku Veerudu’.

Plus Points :

Nagarjuna looks stylish and suave in the role of Chandu. His costumes are superb, as always. He has tried his hand at dances in this film and he has done a good job in the ‘I hate love stories’ song. Nayanathara looks quite beautiful in the film and her costumes are very nice. The screen chemistry between these two actors is quite nice to watch.

Veteran actor K. Vishwanadh has done a neat job in the film. The scenes between Nagarjuna and Vishwanadh have come out well. Character actress Sudha has a few vital scenes and she has done justice to her role.Kota Srinivasa Rao, Bannerjee and Ashish Vidhyardhi are ok. Brahmanandmam entertains in a few sequences.

A clean family drama is at the heart of this film and that will be appreciated by middle aged people and women. The first half is largely decent and just before the interval, the emotional quotient gets a sudden boost.

Towards the end, M.S.Narayana,Vennela Kishore and Brahmanandam succeed in creating a brief confusion comedy of sorts.

Minus Points :

The pace of the film is quite slow. Screenplay is not upto the mark and the plot keeps wandering all over the place in the second half. There are some loopholes in the plot.

Graphics work is quite bad. The makers have gone in for matte shots to simulate USA and other foreign locales and these scenes are an eyesore. In fact, these bad visuals end up making people irritated and this spoils the overall viewing experience.

The second half has some bad comedy. The episode in the amusement park, where Nagarjuna tries to fulfil a young kid’s last dream, is quite badly executed. A mindless episode involving Brahmanandam and some dogs is best forgotten.

The marriage drama sequence between Nagarjuna and Nayanathara is quite silly.Venu Madhav, Srinivas Reddy and Dharamavarapu Subrahmanyam are wasted.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography is quite bad and it is a major letdown. Editing could have been better in the second half. Thaman’s background music is ok. Dialogues are ok in a few places but they could have been better.

Dasaradh has succeeded in getting the emotional moments right. But he should have paid more attention to the comedy scenes and the romantic track.

Verdict :

Greeku Veerudu is a clean family drama. The film has some good emotional moments and fine performances from Nagarjuna, Nayanathara and Vishwanadh. Poor CG shots, slow pace and some cliched moments spoil the experience to a certain extent. Overall, this is a movie that will appeal more to older sections of the audience.

123telugu.com Rating – 3/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru

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