Andhra Pori, a remake of a Marathi super hit film Time Pass, has hit the theaters with a promising cast under the production of Ramesh Prasad. Let us re-view the film to have an idea about its share of highs and lows.
Andhra Pori Story
As usual, Narsing tries to flatter Prashanthi and the girl, who is bound by the restrictions back home, cannot express her love as she fears her father Gopal Rao and brother Balu (Arvind Krishna). How does Narsing win his girl's love beating the odds, forms the rest of the story.
Aakash Puri, who is a popular and a proven face as a child artist, forayed for the first time as a hero in this film. His teenage looks and innocence was a plus to his role, though he has to work quite a lot on his body language and dances.
Otherwise, he was pretty good on his Telangana diction and acting skills. To put it precisely, he passes the litmus test and can have a bright future as a hero with a little more experience in hand.
Ulka Gupta did not get to prove her mettle as she played a sweet and cute looking girl, whose job is only to give away a shining smile. Other cast, Aravind Krishna, Sreemukhi just filled the roles while some of the supposed to be comedians were a pain in the film. Blame their character design and not their skills.
Remakes, somehow, are always a risky task to take up and the first time director, Raj Madiraj failed to recreate the magic. Characters took a lot of time to establish while the story gets too too predictable and routine. Narration falls flat and the characters and the emotions were pretty forcible and ceased to create any impact.
Few tunes by Josyabhatla were catchy enough and his retro back ground score suits the setting of the film. Cinematography was way too mediocre.
The lethargic screen-play and routine story played a spoilt sport for Andhra Pori but few sub plots have been dealt well. If you are too bored and have no clue about what to do during the weekend, give it a watch for some decent performances.
Akash Puri was popular before for his work in Dhoni, The Lotus Pond, Gabbar Singh, Bujjigadu and Chirutha, as a child artist.
Ulka Gupta, a popular face on Television with her daily soap, Jhansi Ki Rani.
Dethadi song attracted the masses.
The film is set in 1990's.
Arvind Krishna and Srimukhi sub plot could have been dealt better.
Srikanth Iyenger played Ulka Gupta's angry father and a Veteran actress Eshwari Rao played a caring mother of Puri Akash.
Funny characterizations and few dialogues were hilarious at times.
The rest of the cast including Annapurna, Uttej, the kids in the supporting roles and they did an impressive job.