Whenever the hero whips up a sword, immediately people will think about Ram Charan"s blockbuster Magadheera and even start comparing with the movie. Same was done in case of Shakti and the film turned out to be super duper flop which never happened in NTR"s career. The visuals and posters of Allu Arjun with a sword and he in the attire of an Indian Samurai, made the people to draw same parallel lines again. Of course, Allu Arjun"s commitment in action scenes and dances, besides milky beauty Tamanna"s glamour remained a saving grace for the movie Badrinath.
After undergoing training under the supervision of Bheeshma Narayan (Prakash Raj), Badri (Allu Arjun) becomes the protector of Badrinath temple. Alakananda (Tamanna), an atheist visits Badrinath temple with her millionaire grandfather. Later, a situation leads her to fall in love with Badri. The story takes a new twist after he is given two options - be a bachelor to become the successor for Takshasila Vidya Peetham or quit it for his love Alaka. What happens next will form the crux of the movie.
Performance: Allu Arjun has given his best to the character. He has undergone training in sword fighting and some kind of martial arts for the sake of the role. His physique is manly and is extraordinary in dances. Moreover, he has improved a lot in emotional scenes too. However, he should have taken extra attention towards the dialogue modulation. Otherwise, he is okay as an Indian Samurai. Tamanna has gone overboard in exposing her glamour and delivered lots of oomph in the character. She is sensuous, extremely romantic and sexy. The cinematographer has concentrated on the waistline and belly button in the dances.
Prakash Raj is really wasted in the role. His character is not etched properly. Even the villain character is not properly established. Kelly Dorje, who plays the baddy, is shown as a villain, who has killed over 99 persons, yet he moves on helicopters and lives in a posh villa. But the character is underplayed and the climax fight too is not up to the mark given the directorial talent of a director like VV Vinayak, who is a expert in action films. Comedy track between Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, Brahmanandam and Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam is also very stale and pale.
Technical: Though the director and writer, Vinayak and Chinni Krishna boasted of a great subject, the film has nothing in it. Neither of them has concentrated on temples or love and were slippery about it. But for the action scenes (of course, which are very gory and there is a lot of bloodshed), and the songs, the film has nothing. Cinematography is poor and in a bad taste, while the editing is average. The screenplay, which has been handled both by Chinni Krishna and VV Vinayak, is very poor and the narration is also not up to the mark. The film might have good openings but the successful run of the film in A grade centres is a big question mark. However, the film, would run successfully in B, C centres. Vinayak makes many mistakes in the direction and he should learn that one had to do some research while taking up some subjects related to Hindu tradition and religion. Mere showcasing the muscles of the hero will not fetch money. The commitment is almost lacking in Badrinath.
Remarks: Don"t make any comparison to Magadheera and watch the film on its own individual merits. Rajamouli did lots of home work and moulded 'Magadheera" as a celluloid wonder, while VV Vinayak mostly depended on Chinnikrishna and took the subject straight from him and moulded it on the celluloid in haste. Watch the film for Allu Arjun and his dance and action scenes and Tamanna"s glamour.
Cast: Allu Arjun, Tamanna, Prakash Raj, Kelly Dorje, Rao Ramesh, Brahmanandam, Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Raghubabu, Tanikella Bharani, Aswini, Geeta Singh, Pragati, and others
Credits: Cinematography – S Ravi Varman, Story – Chinni Krishna, Editing – Gauthamraju, Editor: Gautham Raju, Music – M M Keeravani, Presents – Allu Ramalingaiah, Producer – Allu Aravind, Screenplay, direction – VV Vinayak
Banner: Geetha Arts
Released on: June 10, 2011