Each one amongst us had yearned to be in our dad’s shoes when we were kids. Be it wearing his shirt, shaving stealthily with his razor, wearing his helmet and fondly rubbing the name plate bearing his name. Though it was fun, the effect wears off after some time. We looked like undersized comedians, had multiple cuts on the face, realised we need to learn to drive a bike and, most important of them all, learnt we needed to work to gain recognition.
It is easy being Megastar’s son. Fans and screen presence are a readymade gift. When commercial success follows the early films, sky is the limit. At the audio function of Naayak, Chiranjeevi said that the days of Ram Charan emulating him are done. He is blazing a path of his own. There is truth in that statement. Ram Charan takes his dancing to another level in the first song of the movie, draws hoots from most of the people while gyrating to the item number and impresses fans with ‘mass movements’ in the pre-climax song. He fails in the song that puts him in direct comparison with his father- the remix of Subhalekha Rasukunna.
Where the father was graceful and elegant in movements, the son appears to be hurried. That might just be me, because am yet to get my mind off Chiranjeevi. I can vividly describe the beauty of the original, but can never remember the remix because of the wrong selection of the male singer. Oh, Thaman!
Coming to the script it does what it had to do in first half- entertain and set the premise up for the story to flow in the second half. The movie has a flow in the second half, but the role portrayed by Ram Charan jars the proceedings a bit. He plays a role too big for himself and the uncomfortability shows at places.
It perhaps happens only in the Telugu film industry that a director needs to do the things that he repeatedly does in order to prove his class instead of making a movie out of his comfort zone. So, Vinayak borrows heavily from his previous movies like Dil, Lakshmi, Tagore and Krishna. These things go a long way in adding to the ‘mark’ of movies made with him at the helm.
The heroines have nothing to do in the movie. Brahmanandam, Jayaprakash Reddy and Posani contribute a lot to the humour in the movie. Others like Pradeep Rawat, Dev Gill and Sudha do their normal thing.
It is one thing to have low budget and hence low production values, but it is entirely another thing to have a huge budget and your production values are nothing to write home about. Maybe people could gauge them from the trailers itself as I received a tweet which said
@raghavitis nayak looks low prod values….svsc is in the raghavendra rao genre
— Lalit Prasad (@lalpra) January 9, 2013
They are more apparent when you watch the movie. Having Calcutta Times in Haridwar with numerous copies is a problem. So is the fact that the hoarding behind the actors reads ‘Cine Planet, Kompally’ when they are supposed to be watching it in Kolkata.
The movie might make big bucks, but to retain the movie in our memory two-three months after today would be tough. The least that can be said is; we have seen the actors and the director doing better before this movie.