Don Seenu : Fun filled Pot-boiler
Release date: 6th August 2010
123Telugu.com Rating: 3.5/5
Director : Gopichand Malineni
Music Director : Manisharma
Producer : Venkat
Starring : Ravi Teja, Shriya, Srihari,Brahmanandam and others...
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For starters ‘Don Seenu’ is a Ravi Teja film. A Ravi Teja film is never about high-end technology or a heart wrenching tale (though he did work in such films). It always contains punch dialogues tailor made for him, comedy, and full ‘paisa vasool’ entertainment. His last film with RR Movie Makers ‘Kick’ was an example how Ravi Teja’s films click with the audiences. ‘Don Seenu’ is no different in terms of content. Here we go about it in detail.

What’s it about: Seenu, a kid in a village, is so enamored by Amitabh Bachchan’s film ‘Don’ that his play with other kids becomes ‘Don’, and he likes is school teacher to call him by the name ‘Don Seenu’. He bunks school to watch the film again and again, and runs away from home to become a don himself. Few years later, the all grown up ‘Don Seenu’ (Ravi Teja) is still yearning to become a member of a gang. He rounds up on joining either Machi Raju gang or Narsing gang. Both these gangs have rivalry of their own, and are intent on yearning to be on the good side of Mahesh Manjrekar, a Dubai based gang master.

They try to utilize Don Seenu to out do each other. Instead, how Don Seenu outdoes them and why, becomes the rest of the story.

What is Good: Ravi Teja is an amazing actor. He does his usual ‘what the heck’ character, but he sure is a live wire on screen. And when Ravi Teja imitates Amitabh Bachchan, it is more than a tribute to the great actor, and the kind of films that he did.

Shriya Saran adds the oomph factor to the film, and so does Anjana Sukhani, though the latter’s character is a touch limited. There is a thing or two about senior artists like Srihari, Sayaji Shinde, or Mahesh Manjrekar. Irrespective of how their characters are written, they ensure that the eyes of the viewers are stuck on the screen!

Ali, Venu Madhav, Brahmanandam - each creates few laugh riots in the theaters. The first half is good and raises the expectations with an interesting twist, but it is the second half that is a touch low on innovation though not on energy.

What is bad: The graph of the film starts falling from the beginning of the second half. The usual ‘double edged’ power play was already done in films like ‘Kick’ and more so in ‘Anjaneyulu’ and this film’s second half reminds us of that. While the story never falls from the logic it creates for itself, it becomes a touch too convenient and runs in expected lines after a while.

From the Technical Side: Kona Venkat deserves a tap on the shoulder for creating a new theme for Ravi Teja again and again. His dialogues especially those that are delivered when Ravi Teja imitates Amitabh Bachchan are funny and they have enough punch when necessary.

On his part first time director Gopichand did more than a fair job. He keeps elevating Ravi Teja’s character again and again, ala Puri Jagannath. He would have scored more marks had he worked on shaping a shaper screenplay with a better power play between his characters in the second half.

Choreography for the song ‘Raja Raja’ is enjoyable. In fact the songs themselves become more enjoyable in the theater; that should work for the filmmakers. Sameer Reddy’s cinematography accentuates Ravi Teja’s character.

The producers RR Movie Makers should be appreciated for trusting a first timer, and spending lavishly for shooting in foreign locales, on the songs and especially the fights.

Final Point: ‘Don Seenu’ is a typical Telugu pot boiler and is pure fun aimed to tickle funny bones, packaged with a Ravi Teja seal to it. Watch it without expectations, and don’t forget to bring your pop corn along. You will thoroughly be entertained.

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123Telugu.com Rating :3.5/5

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