Review : Dhammu – NTR’s high voltage entertainer
Release date: 27 April 2012 Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Boyapati Srinu
Producer :Alexander Vallabha
Music Director : Keeravani
Starring: NTR,Trisha,Karthika

Young Tiger NTR’s mass emotional drama ‘Dhammu’ has hit the screens today in a big way and the movie has Boyapati Sreenu as the director. Trisha and Kartheeka are the heroines in this movie and Keeravani has scored the music. Alexander Vallabha has produced the movie on Creative Commercials banner. Let us see how the film is.

Story :

Vijay (NTR) is an orphan who leads a simple life along with his friend (played by Ali). He falls in love with Ashwini (Trisha), who is a very rich girl. Ashwini imposes a condition that Vijay’s family history and pedigree are very important. At this very moment, Vijay comes to know that a rich and powerful royal family is on the lookout to adopt a heir and Vijay seizes the chance. But once he goes there, he realizes that things are not as simple as they seem. The family has a violent past and a bitter dispute with another powerful family (headed by Nasser). He also realizes that thousands of people in the area are now dependent on him for their very survival. Vijay does not like violence and he tries his best to solve the problems peacefully. But the rival gang does not give him a chance.

What does Vijay do? Does he shoulder the family’s burdens and solve the problems ? And does Ashwini really love him? This forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

NTR’s performance is outstanding and he has delivered a highly charged performance after a long time. His intense screen presence, powerful dialogue delivery and impressive action sequences will keep fans and mass movie lovers happy. He looks impressive in the second half once he dons Khaddar and he completely steals the show. Tarak is a superb dancer and he once again proves this with this film.

Trisha looks good and she has performed well. But she has surprisingly little to do. Kartheeka is impressive with her dialogues and her performance will click big time with front benchers. Kota Srinivasa Rao has performed well. Venu is impressive and he entertains in his small role. Ali is good as NTR’s sidekick.

Nasser and Bhanupriya steal the show. They are classy actors and they really elevate the impact of key scenes with their balanced performance. Nasser in particular is surprisingly good as the cruel villain. Suman is ok.

The film has some superb emotional sequences and they will work big time with the audience. The interval block is superb and there are some good twists in the storyline. Special mention must be made of fight sequences and Keeravani’s rousing background score. Especially, the fight shot in the mud is very good.

First half is very fast paced and there is good entertainment, provided mostly by NTR and Ali.

Minus Points :

The story is quite routine and there is no novelty in that aspect. The romantic track between Trisha and NTR is very superficial and it could have been handled slightly better. Trisha’s role is not very well etched. Same goes for the track involving Kartheeka and NTR. Except for some double meaning dialogues, there is nothing substantial in her characterization.

Brahmanandam is wasted in a poor role.

The tempo goes down to a certain extent in the second half and the momentum is kept alive only by the good action sequences. The placement of the song ‘Vastu Bagunde’ could have been better.

Screenplay could have been better in the second half as the required punch goes down to a certain extent.

Technical Aspects :

Cinematography is good and visuals have been captured well. Editing is neat. Rathnam’s dialogues are entertaining and they will work big time with front benchers and fans. There are hints in the dialogues about NTR’s future political aspirations and we have to see how this will be received by non fans. Keeravani’s music is excellent and his wok with the background score is highly impressive.

Fights have been choreographed in a highly entertaining manner and they are good. Dances are impressive as in all NTR films. Production values are rich and the expenditure can be seen in the visuals.

Boyapati’s direction is impressive and screenplay is very good in the first half. Things go down a bit in the second half.

Verdict :

‘Dhammu’ will work well with fans and mass movie lovers. We have seen a highly charged performance from Tarak after a long time and he carries the film completely on his shoulders. Good action sequences, dialogues and sentiment will work well at the Box office. On the flip side, tempo goes down a bit in the second half and care should have been taken here. Overall, Dhammu is a high voltage entertainer that can be enjoyed this holiday season. Rating : 3.25/5

Reviewed by Mahesh K.S.

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