Budding actor Naga Chaitanya, a son of Akkineni Nagarjuna, has taken a break for nearly one and half year after the failure of Bejawada. He has teamed with actor Sunil for his latest outing Tadakha (Thadaka). Although it is remake of N Linguswamy's mass entertainer Vettai, it is not a scene-to-scene copy of the original. Director Kishore Kumar Pardasani (Dolly) has adapted it with few changes that reflect the local values and tastes.
Tadakha is an action comedy with some nice emotional moments and, the brothers and sisters' bonding may make it a complete package for family audience. Naga Chaitanya-Sunil's performances are the main highlight in the movie. S Thaman's music, Arthur A Wilson's Cinematography, Kishore's screenplay and direction, Brahmanandam and Vennela Kishore's comedy are its other attraction. The biggest drawbacks of the movie are predictable story and a bit dragging narration in the second half.
The director has done a good job in adapting Tamil movie into Telugu version. As I said earlier, Kishore has made some significant changes in his version, which is more humourous and entertaining when compared to its Tamil version. Keeping the sentiments of Telugu audience in mind, he has made some alterations in the second half especially in the characterisation Naga Chaitanya and Sunil.
Tadakha revolves around the bonding between two brothers. The first half of the movie is quite entertaining with all mass masala elements. Especially, Sunil's comedy keep your mind engaged in this portion. But the film turns boring with some dragging moments in the second half in which the placement of songs and over-the-top stunts will divert the attention of the viewers.
Sivarama Krishna (Sunil) is yellow-livered coward, who always lives in fear. His brother Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) is fearless and aggressive in nature. After the death of their father (Naga Babu), who was police officer, Karthik forces Sivarama Krishna to take up his job. As a cop, Sivarama is made to take on notorious criminal and smuggler Bagga (Ashutosh Rana), who terrorises the city. Karthik helps him to What happens when a mobsters locks horns with this coward cop will create a laugh riot in the movie.
Naga Chaitanya appears in a very stylish way in the film and his new hairstyle and costumes will sure to become trendy among the youth. As a tough guy, he has given very good performance. Especially in action scene, he is sure to rock the audience. At times, he appears in over-the-top stunts like overtaking a speeding train
The director has balanced the roles of Sunil and Chaitanya very well. Sunil is a big asset for the film. He runs the show in the first half with his comedy. As a timid police officer, he has also equally done well. He steals the show towards the end. But there is absolutely no chemistry between him and Andrea Jeremiah, which the director should have taken care of.
Heroines Tamanna and Andrea Jeremiah do not have much scope in the movie. Tamanna has better screen presence than Andrea and she impresses you with her glamour. Her chemistry with Naga Chaitanya is a big asset for the film. She looks ultra hot in the song ‘Maaraa Maaraa'.
Ashutosh Rana, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Raghu Babu, Rama Prabha and Jayaprakash Reddy have also delivered a very convincing performances for their respective roles in Tadakha.
Tadakha has good production values and S Thaman's music and background are main strength in the technical front. He has composed a couple of hummable romantic tracks. But wrong placement of songs hampers the flow to of the movie.
Arthur A. Wilson's cinematography is another main attraction in the film. He has captured some of the best exotic foreign locales in Tadakha. His picturisation of songs is a treat to watch on screen.