|Release date : Sep 19, 2014|
|123telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5|
|Director : Srinu Vaitla|
|Producer : Anil Sunkara, Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta|
|Music Director : S. Thaman|
|Starring : Mahesh Babu, Tamannaah|
The successful combination of Mahesh Babu and Sreenu Vaitla is back once again to entertain the audience with Aagadu. Tamannah is cast as the female lead, and 14 Reels are the producers. After a huge round of promotions, the film has opened in over 2000 screens today. Let’s now see how the film is.
Encounter specialist Shankar (Mahesh Babu) is posted to a small town called Bukkapattanam. The entire area is dominated by a dreaded don called Damodar (Sonu Sood), who runs illegal businesses by threatening the poor. Shankar decides to take things in his hands, and starts planning Damodar’s decline. Midway through, he comes to know about a shocking truth about Damodar, which relates back to his family.
What is that truth ? How does Shankar manage to destroy Damodar and his empire ? and Where does Saroja(Tamannah) and Delhi Suri(Brahmanandam) fit in this entire set up ?. To know answers to all these questions, you need to watch the film on big screen.
Aagadu is an out and out Mahesh Babu film. Right from the word go, it is Mahesh’s histrionics which dominate the show completely. As usual, Mahesh looks extremely dashing, and carries out his role of a cop supremely well. The way he goes about his character, and blends himself into the script, is quite amazing. Interesting factor to watch out for is the fun element that he brings in his character, which is filled with punch dialogues and satires.
Tamannah looks gorgeous as the village belle, and is a perfect jodi for Mahesh Babu. First half of the film is highly entertaining, and brings in a lot of fun. Shruthi Haasan’s song is a special bonus to the masses as she oozes sensuous charm and glamour. Brahmanandam brings in decent laughs in the second half, and his dance episode in particular is quite hilarious.
Nasser is superb as the police constable, and his scenes with Mahesh and Vennela Kishore have come out quite well. Songs are entertaining and have also been shot well. Rajendra Prasad, Posani and Ashish Vidhyardhi are decent in their respective roles.
As expected, even Aagadu has the same trademark Sreenu Vaitla set up and comedy. The entire second half has been spoofed on his earlier films like Dookudu. Once the so called twists are unleashed, the film becomes predictable.
Climax of the film is quite simple, and is just hurried on to us. Once again, story and narration of the film is routine, and resembles Sreenu Vaitla’s trademark style. Sonu Sood’s negative character is not elevated much, and does not look menacing on screen.
Music of the film is a huge plus, as Thaman has given superb tunes which go with the flow of the film. All the songs have been shot richly and look superb on screen. Dialogues of the film need a special mention. There are enough punches and satires in the entire film, which will be liked by everyone.
Camerawork is quite good. The visuals which were shown in trailers, look even more better on screen. Production values are good as the makers have spent lavishly for the film. Sreenu Vaitla must be credited for showcasing Mahesh Babu in a super light. He etches an entertaining character for Mahesh, and extracts superb performance from him.
With Aagadu, Mahesh Babu once again proves his super stardom. Right from the word go, it is Mahesh, Mahesh and only Mahesh throughout the film. Even though this film has routine similarities to Vaitla’s previous flicks, entertaining comedy in the first half coupled with some decent music makes this film an ok family entertainer.
123telugu.com Rating – 3.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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