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Review : Basanti – Flawed Execution of a Good Plot
basanti-review Release date : 27 February 2014
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Director : Chaitanya Dantuluri
Producer :Uma
Music Director : Mani Sharma
Starring : Gowtam, Alisha Begh

Chaitanya Dantuluri’s ‘Basanti’ has released today in Andhra Pradesh. The movie marks the second innings of Brahmanandam’s son Raja Goutham and Alisha Beig is the heroine. The film was promoted heavily by the makers and all the top heroes of the Telugu Film Industry were roped in for the promotions. Will this help the film at the Box Office? Let us see now

Story :

Arjun (Raja Goutham) is a middle class student who enjoys a good bond with his friends and family. He does not think too much about his future and leads an uncomplicated life. During the wedding of his friend Abbas’s sister, Arjun comes across Roshini (Alisha Being) and falls in love with her.

Roshini is the daughter of the Police Commissioner of Hyderabad (Shayaji Shinde). A terrorist gang plans to attack the International Convention that is going to be held in Hyderabad and the police officials unearth this plot. While escaping from the cops, the terrorists crash into the campus of Basanti College and they decide to take the students as hostages.

As the face off between the police officials and the terrorists continues, Arjun and his friends suffer. The terrorists seek the release of their leader Babar Khan and the Government is forced to obey their demands.

That is when something unexpected happens and the students of Basanti college fight back. What happens next? What is that unexpected thing? That is the story of ‘Basanti’.

Plus Points :

Raja Goutham looks good and he has done a neat job in the film. Alisha Beig is a good fit for the role, though she might be the glamorous heroine one would expect in a commercial film. Randhir and Dhanraj have done well as the hero’s friends.

Tanikella Bharani has essayed a nice role as the hero’s father and some of his dialogues have a deep impact. Shayaji Shinde is adequate in the role of a police commissioner.

The first half of the film has a fresh feel and the visuals look good. The interval block is good. The gunfight between the police officers and the terrorists has been shot well.

Minus Points :

The film suffers from slow pace at times. Despite being a film with a terror backdrop, the required excitement and intensity is missing from the proceedings and things go along on a largely flat note.

The director has not established the emotional aspects of the film well. When a student decides to rebel and take on armed terrorists, the screenplay must have great emotional depth and this is sorely missed in the film.

Entertainment levels in the film are almost zero. With no emotional high points and no entertainment, the viewer will feel bored while watching the movie. Some of the supporting actors have not done their jobs as expected and their performance looks a bit artificial.

The director has literally shown most of the important scenes in the trailer itself and there is nothing much left in the movie.

Technical Aspects :

Anil Bhandari’s cinematography is good and he has shot the songs nicely. Mani Sharma’s music is ok and background score is neat. Dialogues are good. Editing could have been better in the second half.

Chaitanya Dantuluri’s efforts are commendable and his story is good. But he has failed in the execution of the subject. One must say that his handling of ‘Baanam’ is better.

Verdict :

‘Basanti’ comes across as a flawed execution of a good plot. The movie could have been so much better, but poor emotional quotient and low entertainment levels fail to engage the viewers. Raja Goutham has shown considerable improvement in this movie, but this may not be enough for the film. The movie will not find many takers in the B and C segments. Overall, Basanti is a disappointment.

123telugu.com rating – 2.75/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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