Review : Renigunta – This ‘journey’ stops at Renigunta
Release date: 08 Mar 2012 Rating : 2.75/5
Director : Panneerselvam
Producer : Suresh Kondeti
Music Director : Ganesh Ragavedra
Starring: Johnny, Sanusha, Nishanth

Suresh Kondeti has tasted success with dubbed films before, like ‘Journey’, and he has brought one more dubbed offering before Telugu crowds today in the form of Renigunta. The movie has been directed by Paneer Selvam. Johny and Sanusha will be seen as the lead actors along with Nishanth. Let us see how the movie is.

Story :

The story is set in the village of Tharigonda and Shiva (Johny) is seen as a young guy who tries to take revenge on a local rowdy called Khadar. Khadar is responsible for the deaths of the Shiva’s parents and that is the reason for the enmity. Shiva’s attempts on the life of Khadar land him in jail. During his stay, Shiva becomes a good friend of Pandu and his friends. As part of a strategy, they escape from the jail in order to reach Mumbai. But circumstances force them to end up in Renigunta.

The gang carries out a series of murders in the town and there is a motive behind the murders. During this time, Shiva comes across Sanusha and falls in love instantly. Sanusha is seen as a girl who is forced into marriage against her wishes in order to solve the financial problems of her family. Why does Shiva carry out the murders and what will he do for Sanusha? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

The artistes in this movie are mostly newcomers. But they do an admirable job. Johny is good as the timid guy Shiva who is forced to enter a world of crime. Sanusha is excellent as the girl who can’t speak. Her excellent performance is complemented by her good looks.

Theepetti Ganeshan is good as the physically challenged person and he brings a few laughs. Though the movie is a Tamil flick, efforts have been made to bring about an element of Telugu nativity. The first half is breezy and the good background score actually brings an element of suspense to the proceedings.

Ace director V.V.Vinayak’s voice over is an advantage and the pre-climax scenes have been shot well.

Minus Points :

The actors are seen with wild hair and torn clothing. While this is good for authenticity and realistic portrayal, it wont work with Telugu crowds. The second half does not sustain the tempo of the first half and this is disappointing.

The excessive length of the film also works against it. The sad endings seen in all Tamil flicks is a big minus. The production values are very poor and the songs are extremely bad. In addition to this , their timing is even worse. They just spoil the flow.

Care should have been taken in dubbing.

Technical Aspects :

Editing is ok in the first half but should have been better in the second half. Cinematography is alright. Background score is good but the songs are bad. Dialogues are just about ok.

Verdict :

The movie will not appeal to everyone because of the way it is shot. The excessive length, poor climax and Tamil nativity will offset the good performances and racy first half. Watch this movie only if you are a die hard fan of Tamil flicks. Rating : 2.75/5

Ashok Reddy M

Translated by Emmess

‘రేణిగుంట’ సమీక్ష ని తెలుగు లో చదవండి

Legend: 5 – Flawless

4 – Must Watch

3 – One Time Watch

2 – Wait for the DVD

1 – Stay Away


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