Ever since Pawan Kalyan announced to do the Telugu remake of Veeram, there has been a great buzz around the film. While initially S.J. Surya, of Kushi fame, had been zeroed in on to helm the film, the actor-director walked out citing his other acting commitments. Pawan has finally roped in director Kishore Kumar Pardasani aka Dolly, with whom he had worked for Gopala Gopala.
After Gabbar Singh, Shruti Haasan has been roped in to romance Pawan in Katamarayudu. Without further delay, let’s check out our take on the film.
Katamarayudu (Pawan Kalyan) is a straightforward man in a village who is a law unto himself. He uses violence to settle disputes. He has four brothers whom he loves a lot (Ajay, Siva Balaji, Chaitanya Krishna andKamal Kamaraju.) Even after he enters into late 30s, Katamarayudu is single. He hates women and he is afraid that if he gets married, the woman in his life may not treat his brothers well. He also insists his brothers to stay away from women as they may spoil their brotherly relationship.
Meanwhile, all his brothers fall in love with friends of Avanthika (Shruti Haasan.) They decided to get his brother Katamarayudu fall for Avanthika (Shruti.) Avanthika and Katamarayudu finally fall for each other. But she gets to know about his violent practices. She breaks up with him. What forms rest is how Katamarayudu wins Avanthika. Avanthika and her family have a big problem. How Katamarayudu solves it is the crux of the story.
Pawan gave a power packed performance in the film. Right form the word go to till the end, it’s Pawan’s show all the way. His histrionics, demeanor and mannerisms appeal. Pawan hadn’t done a role like this – faction leader – before. So, naturally he steals the show in a never seen before avatar. His costumes and style are in sync with the story.
Shruti Haasan looks easy on the eyes. After Gabbar Singh, she is once again seen as a half sari clad Telugu ammayi. She plays a classical dancer — a simple, nice, village girl who dotes on her family. She has a fun, bubbly side to her. In fact, this is one of the bubbliest characters she has ever played. Her positivity will endear her to viewers. Ali’s comedy works. He is seen as a lawyer Linga. His off screen camaraderie with Pawan is in favour of the film. All the four brothers Ajay, Siva Balaji, Chaitanya Krishna and Kamal Kamaraju have all done well.
Rao Ramesh as Narasappa and Pradeep Rawat are good as baddies. The other cast too did well. Kudos to director Dolly for recruiting the best people who fit the roles aptly.
Pawan Kalyan is the man of the masses. So, naturally, he donning a faction leader role works big time. And yes, he has his heart in the right place. Director Dolly who is good at remakes and already proved it with his past track record – Tadakha and Gopala Gopala, once again does justice to Katamarayudu, the Telugu remake of the Ajith starrer Veeram. He succeeded in recreating the magic. Brother sentiment, Shruti’s romantic episodes and rib-tickling comedy of Ali, high-voltage action scenes have all worked well. Anup’s music comes in handy. Songs are rich. Thanks to cinematographer Prasad Murrlla who once again recreated the Attarintiki Daaredi charm.
However, the film appears to have slowed down post interval. The placement of songs and lagging action at portions might put you off. Yet as it progresses towards the pre-climax and climax, the film picks up. On the whole, Katamarayudu is entertaining, a treat to the masses and family audiences. It’s a nice package with right dose of action, sentiment, romance and comedy.
Lag at Portions
Final Verdict: Katamarayudu is worth watching.
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