Release Date : March 30, 2023
123telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
Starring: Nani, Keerthy Suresh, Deekshith Shetty, Sai Kumar, Shine Tom Chacko, Samuthirakani, Purnaa, Zarina Wahab
Director: Srikanth Odela
Producers: Sudhakar Cherukuri
Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Editor: Naveen Nooli
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For the first time in his film career, Natural Star Nani has played an out-and-out mass role in Dasara. The debut directorial film of Srikanth Odela hit the screens worldwide today amid exceptional hype. Let’s see how Nani’s first pan-Indian film has turned out.
Dasara is set in the village of Veerlapalle in Godhavarikhani. Dharani (Nani), his friend Soori (Dheekshith Shetty) and others are addicted to alcohol. Vennela (Keerthy Suresh) is their common friend since childhood. Chinna Nambi (Shine Tom Chacko), son of Shivanna (Samuthirakani) is elected as the Sarpanch and he looks after the Silk Bar. Rajanna (Sai Kumar) helps Soori and his friends in a case and they elect him as their Sarpanch. After this, someone kills Soori on the night of his wedding with Vennela. Who killed Soori? What’s the future of Vennela? What did Dharani do then? All the questions are answered in the film.
All these years, Nani entertained audiences with boy-next-door roles and for the first time, he challenges himself by accepting to play Dharani in Dasara. His performance is exemplary in the film. From attire to body language to dialogues, Nani takes utmost care and excels in the role of Dharani. The way he performed in the emotional scenes is outstanding.
National Award-winning actress Keerthy Suresh gets a meaty role. Her performance as Vennela is flawless and after Mahanati, this is the best film she signed in Tollywood. Her performance and dialogues are quite natural.
Dheekshith Shetty is no lesser than the other two leads. His performance is quite natural and after this film, he will surely get many good roles in the Telugu film industry.
Malayalam actor Shine Tom Chacko gets a good role and he justifies it with his impressive performance. Sai Kumar, Samuthirakani, Purnaa and others are okay in their roles.
Director Srikanth Odela makes a nice debut with Dasara. He is more excellent as a director than a writer. He will definitely get some crazy offers from renowned banners in the days to come. The director shows his outstanding skills on the big screen.
The action sequences and dialogues are terrific, thanks to the men behind them. Nani’s rugged look and his performance in the action sequences are praiseworthy. The interval and the climax are worth watching.
As mentioned above, Srikanth Odela is good as a director but as a writer, he fails to choose a compelling story. He runs the screenplay well in the first half but when it comes to the second half, the screenplay is very slow and gives one boredom.
Also, there is nothing much to enthral audiences except for the climax. The story is highly predictable in the second half. This is a big letdown in the movie. However, Nani pulls it off with his performance. If the second half is as engaging as the first half, Dasara would have become a terrific film.
From start to end, the movie runs on a serious note and there is no space for creating humour. Director Srikanth Odela should have injected some funny scenes between the friends in the first half.
The placement of the popular track Chamkeela Angeelesi is a big disappointment. Some of the dialogues are inaudible.
Srikanth Odela comes up with a mediocre story that has commercial elements to entertain mass audiences only. Music director Santhosh Narayanan gives the best music that uplifts many scenes in the film. Sathyan Sooryan is terrific in his work. His camerawork, especially during the night scenes, looks quite rich. Editing should have been better and the editor Naveen Nooli should have trimmed many scenes in the second half to make Dasara an engaging fare. Production values are top-notch. The makeup artists need a pat on their backs for their amazing work.
On the whole, Dasara is a gritty action drama that has Nani’s outstanding performance. He shouldered the film all the way. Keerthy Suresh, Dheekshith Shetty and Shine Tom Chacko also performed well. The film is quite good technically. Barring a few laggy portions in the second half, the film is a perfect choice to enjoy the weekend.
123telugu.com Rating: 3.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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