Release date : February 9, 2018
123telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Starring : Mohan Babu, Vishnu Manchu, Shriya Saran
Director : Madan Ramigani
Producer : Mohan Babu
Music Director : SS.Thaman
Cinematographer : Sarvesh Murari
Editor : MR Varma
Collection king, Mohan Babu’s much-anticipated movie, ‘Gayatri’ hit the big screens today. This movie is riding high on expectations, thanks to some well-planned promotions and promising trailers. Let’s see what this movie offers us.
Dasari Sivaji(Mohan Babu) loses track of his daughter Gayathri(Nikhila Vimal) right after her birth. He puts in constant efforts to find out the well-being of his child but fails many a time. As time passes by, Gayatri develops hatred towards her father for not being with her in difficult times. After a point, she comes to know the actual story and finds out that her father is not the one to be blamed.
Finally, Sivaji meets his daughter and just when everything seems to be going well, Gayatri Patel(Mohan Babu) enters the scene and pushes the family neck-deep into problems. Rest of the story is as to how Sivaji comes out of this tricky situation and saves his daughter.
Gayatri thrives on high voltage performance of Mohan Babu. The legendary actor is too good at portraying various emotions and this takes the movie to a whole new level. The variations that the senior actor shows while essaying two completely different roles is quite commendable. The movie runs on good family emotions as the lead cast does a decent job in making the film look more appealing.
Manchu Vishnu impresses with his ease in acting and fluent dialogue delivery. He performs to the best of his capabilities and brings a lot of depth to the film. All his combination scenes with Brahmanandam evokes decent laughs. Shreya does well within her limitations and supports Vishnu nicely. Comedians Ali and Prudhvi played their parts well.
A few fight sequences affect the flow of the movie as they look a bit prolonged. Certain scenes in the second half look rushed and incomplete. The film takes a lot of time to enter the main plot.
The core plot of the movie offers nothing new and runs on tried and tested formulae of revenge drama. Just when things look interesting in the pre-climax, an item number obstructs the flow disturbing the mood of the audience.
Thaman does a good job as all the songs sound good and have been shot well. Especially, the Hanuman song is a treat for Mohan Babu’s followers. The background score is pretty impressive as well. Production values of the film are decent and so was the effective camera work. Dialogues written for Mohan Babu are effective and bring a lot of depth to the proceedings.
Coming to the director Madan Ramigani, he did a good job in showcasing Mohan Babu as a cold-blooded criminal. But the way he showcased rest of the proceedings was a bit routine. A bit more effort was needed from his side to showcase the film in a novel way.
On the whole, Gayatri is a hard-hitting tale of a father-daughter relationship. Mohan Babu deserves a special applause for his dual role and stands as the major highlight of the film. If you ignore the slightly routine narration and outdated storyline, Vishnu’s sincere performance and the emotional family drama make this film a decent watch this weekend.
123telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team