Srikanth, who is known as family entertainer, has tried to impress viewers as action hero, but in vein. His last releases like Devaraya and Sevakudu have bombed at the Box Office. Just a month after their release, he is back with Shatruvu, which is no better than his previous release. The movie falls back in holding the attention of viewers.
Shatruvu is a romantic action movie with all the masala elements. Srikanth-Aksha's performances are the main attraction in the movie. Gana's music, Raghu Babu and Duvvasi Mohan's humour, beautifully choreographed dance and action scenes are its other highlights. The director's inability to execute several scenes on screen properly is the big drawback of the film. And double-meaning dialogues are also among its weaknesses.
Director NSR Prasad has chosen a tried-and-trusted story for Shatruvu and tried to paint it with new colours. Although he has put in lot of effort in the film, the failure in execution mars the beauty of the film. Despite having all commercial elements like romance, action, good music and comedy, the first half of the movie fails to impress you. The director ends first half with an interesting twist, but it does not last long in the second half.
After the death of his wife, Hyderabad Mayor Aravind (Rehman) brings up his daughter Anusha (Aksha) with lot of love. Anusha leaves for Bangkok her higher studies. Besides pursuing her MBA studies, she also learns Tennis and she falls for Karthik, who wants to become a big Tennis player. So Anu sends him to Hyderabad to take his father's help to achieve his goals. But things take different twist in her life. She runs back to India and takes help of local goon Shankaranna (Srikanth). What happens to Karthik? Why Anu takes Shankar's help? What is her problem. The rest of the movie answers these questions.
Shatruvu is a female-centric film, but Srikanth has got good scope for his role and he has done justice to his role. Aksha impress you with her good performance and glamour. Rehman and others have also done justice to their respective roles.
In technical front, Gana's music, cinematography and choreography of action and dance are good. But double-meaning dialogues are obscene. The movie has several unnecessary scenes, which could be been cropped by the editor. Overall, Shatruvu is an average fare, which you can avoid.