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Movie Review Anjaneyulu

Film: Anjaneyulu
Cast: Ravi Teja, Nayanatara, Sonu Sood, Kota Srinivas Rao, Nasser, Brahmaji, Brahmanandam, Srinivas Reddy and others
Music: S Thaman
Cinematography: K Ravindra Babu
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Art: Chinna
Fights: Ram Lakshman
Produced by: Ganesh Babu
Story, screenplay, dialogues and directed by: Parusaram
Release date: August 12, 2009

What’s it about!

Anjaneyulu works as a journalist in a TV channel and leads life carelessly. He is more attached to his father Murthy (Nasser) and shares everything with him. One day, a girl Anjali (Nayanatara) and asks him to rescue her from rowdies. He saves her and also falls in love with her at first sight. On the other hand, a minister seeks help of a mafia leader Bada (Sonu Sood) to kill an officer who has prepared a report of all the illegal activities of the minister. Bada hatches a plan to kill the officer and plants a bomb in a bus in which he is traveling. On the same bus, Anjaneyulu parents are leaving to their hometown after making visit to Hyderabad and they get killed in the blast. Rest of the movie is how Anjaneyulu takes revenge.

Analysis

As Ravi Teja’s recent films like Krishna and Kick became big hits for their entertainment value, it has now become a routine for directors to throw some comedy scenes to run a Ravi Teja film rather than having a sound script. Director Parasuram who made his debut with Yuvata seems to have taken this for granted and made a film without a proper script. He has just thrown some comedy scenes in the first half and tried to run the film. Sorry, it hasn’t worked out. Till the first half, it is okay and bearable but after that he totally misses the bus.

Director seems to have no knowledge of how a journalist behaves or works or how a news channel runs. What Ravi Teja has been doing in every other film does the same here except that he has tag of journalist here. Parasuram’s dialogues and his characterization of the protaganist is almost similar to Puri Jagannadh. There is no novelty in the movie except some gags here and there. And that too the dialogues and gestures are laced with full of double entendres.

Anjaneyulu has nothing new to offer nor has full entertainment. It is just a run of the mill story.

Performances

Ravi Teja has taken the onus to carry the movie on his shoulders, as there is no solid script. He has done it effortlessly. Nayanatara looks tired and has lost charm. Brahmanandam’s comedy (a satire on ETV Prabhakar?) evokes laughter in the beginning but after some point it becomes repetitive. There is no substance to her role. Sonu Sood is okay. Nasser plays the affection father role very well. Kota and others are also okay.

Music is big minus. None of the songs are catchy. Cinematography by Ravindra Babu is okay. Director Parasuram has flair for comedy but he is letdown by his own story and screenplay.

Bottom-line

The film is okay till the interval but after it loses the steam as nothing happens in the second half except that Ravi Teja goes into villain gang like Mahesh did in Pokiri. How many times you wanna see the same routine? Anjaneyulu is formulaic film with no logic - First Half Anjaneyulu, Second Half Engine Oil. The film is okay for its comedy and everything else is bad.

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