Victory Venkatesh is a class hero, who has huge amount of family audience in Andhra Pradesh and around the world. But after long time, he has done full length action in his latest outing Shadow, which has been made on par with Hollywood standards. Director Meher Ramesh has shown Venky in a very stylish way and it is the best movie of Meher till date. His work will impress both class and mass audience.
Telugu movie Shadow is a revenge drama and the director has blended it with all masala elements like action, comedy, romance and sentiment in it. Victory Venkatesh's stylish performance is the main highlight in the movie. Meher Ramesh's screenplay and funny and punch dialogues, S Thaman's music, Prasad Murella's picturisation, amazing action scenes, beautiful costumes, makeup and art directions are its other attractions. But the old and predictable story in the second half is the main drawback of the film.
Shadow has a routine storyline, but Meher Ramesh has made it interesting watch by including twists and turns. It should be mentioned here that the director is known for copying scenes from other Telugu films and he has continued it here in Shadow too. There are a few scenes, which have been copied from hit movie, and Gabbar Singh Anthyakshari scene is the best example for it.
The movie revolves around a guy taking revenge on an international don. Besides stunning action, the director has also included sister sentiment and a lot of comedy to woo Venkatesh's family audience. He has got good grip over the narration of whole show. The first half of the film is a laugh riot and Venkatesh tickles your funny bones as memory loss patient. This portion also has lot of action, family sentiment and entertainment.
But Shadow becomes quite slow and monotonous by the end of first half and it hits the rough patch in the second half, which is quite predictable and dragging. Although he has lot of masala stuff in this portion, the director may not be able to hold your attention for too long.
Victory Venkatesh, who loves to experiment with different characters, has done a unique role in Shadow and he is the showman in the movie. He has delivered wonderful performance in it. His stylish looks, action, dance and dialogue delivery will definitely rock the viewers. Thanks to the director for unveiling other side of Venky.
Taapsee Pannu has less scope for performance, but she steals the show with her thundering beauty. She has overtaken item girls in exposing for Gabbar Singh song. Her chemistry with Venky is also good to watch on screen.
Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi, who is debuting in Telugu with Shadow, has played played Mumbai don Nana Bhai. He has delivered good performance, which surely impresses the Telugu film goers. The director has featured him in a stylish way.
Srikanth, Rahul Dev, Chalapathi Rao, Nagineedu Uttej, Vennela Kishore, Nasser, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Krishna Bhagawan, Srinivas Reddy and Subba Raju, Jayaprakash Reddy, Suman and Rao Ramesh had also done justice to their respective roles.
The movie has rich production values and S Thaman's music and background are the main attraction in the technical front. His soundtracks are trendy and good to listen. Songs like 'Naughty girl' and title track 'Shadow' are our picks.
Prasad Murella's camera work is the second highlight in the technical front. He has done a brilliant picturisation especially in song sequences. Action sequences are another big strength of the movie. They have been choreographed very well and are on par with Hollywood movies.
Meher Venkatesh dialogues are also good. He has penned some of the best funny one-liners and punch dialogues for the film. Other technical departments have also done commendable job. But editing is weak. Marthand K Venkatesh could trimmed certain scenes in the second half. Especially, the climax is very lengthy and boring. He could chopped and made it crispy and interesting.
Verdict: Shadow has everything right going its way except a good screenplay, which is nothing but a blend of comedy and action getting misfired. The director has failed in executing his ideas in crispy way. However, it is good entertainer, which will appeal both class and mass audience. It is must watch film for Venky fans.