Review : Biriyani – Improperly Cooked
Biryani Release date : 20th December 2013 Rating : 2.75/5
Director :Venkat Prabhu
Producer :K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Music Director :Yuvan Shankar Raja
Starring : Karthi ,Hansika Motwani

Karthi’s suspense thriller ”Biriyani’ has released today in Andhra Pradesh as well as Tamil Nadu. The movie has been directed by Venkat Prabhu and Hansika is the heroine. Gnanavel Raja has produced this movie on Studio Green banner. Karthi has been going through a lean run, so let us see if he can bounce back with this movie.

Story :

Sudheer (Karthi) is a handsome young fellow who has a special talent for attracting members of the opposite. He works in a Tractor company and gets into the good books of a wealthy industrialist named Varadarajan (Nasser).

After attending a party hosted in honour of Varadarajan, Sudheer and his friend Parasuram happen to come across a sizzling seductress named Maya (Mandy Takhar). Sudheer falls for Maya’s charms and decides to accompany her for a night of fun.

After getting drunk and wasted, all hell breaks loose when Sudheer wakes up in the morning. Maya is nowhere to be seen and Sudheer finds himself trapped in a murder case. He must now fight for his life and get out of a cleverly laid trap. He takes the help of his girlfriend (Hansika) and his buddies.

Will Sudheer succeed? What price will he have to pay to come out of this mess? That forms the story of this film.

Plus Points :

Karthi has good screen presence and he has given a neat performance in the film. He uses his natural charm to good effect in scenes where he flirts with women. Hansika looks good,though she has a very limited role. Nasser is ok as the rich industrialist.

Mandy Takhar has limited screen time but she sizzles as Maya. Premji is good in a few sequences but he has gone overboard at times. For about 15 minutes before the interval, the film picks up pace and the interval twist has been set up nicely. In the second half, suspense is maintained well for a while.

Minus Point :

Screenplay lacks conviction in the first half. There are so many pointless sequences in the first half and viewers will get the ” what the hell is going on? ” feeling a number of times. The voice used for Hansika’s dubbing does not suit the actress.

Telugu viewers will not find too many familiar faces in the film. The comedy has excessive Tamil flavour and will not appeal to everyone here. Perhaps, the makers should have used the voices of Telugu comedians for the dubbing work.

After some gripping moments in the second half, the climax of the film comes as a dampener. For regular entertainment seeking movie lovers in B and C centers, this film will not have too much appeal.

Technical Aspects :

Sakthi Saravanan’s cinematography is very mediocre. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is good, but the songs are very mediocre. Editing is decent. Dialogues are very ordinary.

Venkat Prabhu’s direction is ok in places, but this is definitely not his best effort. Studio Green’s production values are good.

Verdict :

Despite having the best ingredients, a biryani will taste good only if it has been prepared lovingly, in the proper way. Sadly, that is not the case with this ‘Biriyani’. Despite having some good actors and nice performances, substandard screenplay and weak direction spoil the flavour.You will be disappointed if you go in expecting sumptuous biryani, for this offering is more like fried rice. Rating – 2.75/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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