Dusshaasana : Filmy Political Commentary
Release date: 27 May 2011.
123Telugu.com Rating : 1.5/5
Director : Posani Krishna Murali
Producer : Murali Krishna
Music Director : M M Sreelekha
Starring : Srikanth, Sanjana, Tashu Kaushik and others...
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Posani Krishna Murali has some extreme views and opinions on lots of things. That includes politics as is evident from the films he worked previously – from Gaayam to the recent Nitya Pellikoduku. He likes to make some strong statements, with his films or otherwise, and the success one such film Operation Duryodhana gave him more leverage. The result is, Dusshaasana yet again with actor Srikanth.

Dushasana What’s it about : Out of nowhere in Hyderabad, a guy who calls himself Common Man (Srikanth) enters a police station, and makes a complaint – saying that he has lost Peace. The police warn him and send him away, but Common Man starts making such ‘weird’ statements with other common people too. As a result, he is sent to a Mental Hospital, and he is straight away given shock treatments. Running away from there, he kidnaps the daugther of the Chief Minister (Sanjana). He also directly meets the C.M., gives him the cassette which has a recording of his kidnapped daugther, and demands that he get complete freedom to do whatever he wants! Obviously the C.M. grants him permission, fearing his own daugther’s well being. So starts Common Man’s weird game of dealing with common problems, much to the embarassment of political leaders. He also suggests few ‘changes’ on how the system should be and how politicans should behave. In the mean time, police come try to trace him and find who he really is. Who is Common Man, what is his story, and whether public start to see the things from his perspective forms the rest of the movie.

What is Good : Right from the beginning Dusshaasana completely belongs to Srikanth. He seems to completely believe his director and brings honesty to the character he did. Kota Srinivasa Rao and Thanikella Bharani play corrupt politicians quite well, and they are complemented by Brahmanandam, as the leader of opposition. Sivaji is a decent actor, and his small role as a goon is watchable. The issues the movie deals with and the questions that are raised are meaningful and realistic, and hence the dialogue gets the maximum attention from the audiences. Posani cleverly uses the good deeds of former Chief Ministers N.T.Rama Rao and Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy to keep his audiences interested in the proceedings. However, the solutions that the movie offers, sound impractical, and with no other technical aspect working for the film, Dusshaasana isn’t too easy to sit through.

What is bad: The entire film is more of a political commentary on what happens in India, with some filmy drama. Infact the entire first half hardly has any story, but it keeps moving forward only on the basis of some issues we see daily on news channels. A tinge of story is added in the second half with a flash back, but that too is sloppily done, and the climax never seems to come easily. The girls, Sanjana and Tashu Kaushik, have very little to do other than wear some skimpy dresses and act like they are acting!

Technical Departments : Except for some weird camera angels and movements, and some stunts Dusshaasana can boast of no other great work in Technical departments. While there is no doubt about the honesty and the belief of Posani's feelings, lack of any aesthetic value makes the entire film very unidimensional. Art work is below par, and the entire film looks like a poor man’s film set. Background music, and an item number are too loud, while the song of lady Telangana singer is extremely loud. However, this particular song might as well get some attention from the front-benchers.

Bottomline : Watching Dusshaasana is like going through television news channels highlighting on some problems, and some finding quick fix solutions. Watch it if you are huge fan of Posani-ism.


123Telugu.com Rating : 1.5/5

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